Drive from Arizona to Illinois

June 15, 2017

Last weekend my mom and I drove from Arizona to Illinois. On the drive to Arizona 6 years ago, we didn’t make many stops so this time, I wanted to stop by some iconic Route 66 stops.

On the first day, we drove from Scottsdale, AZ to Tucumcari, NM. We didn’t make any scenic stops this day but did have a delicious dinner at Fork & Fig in Albuqerque. I had The Fig burger with a side of cotija corn.


The next day we hit the road early so we could stop at Midpoint Cafe. I had stopped her on my way to Arizona and wanted to come back for more photos. It’s the midpoint along Route 66 between Los Angeles and Chicago. Because we were there so early, we didn’t get any pie this time.


Our next stop was Cadillac Ranch. You’ll find people spray painting their own designs on the cars. I noticed people often brought their own but you can also find used cans on the ground. It’s pretty easy to find and makes for a nice quick stop to stretch your legs.




After Cadillac Ranch, our next stop was in Oklahoma City. We had lunch and then set out to find two murals nearby that I wanted photos with. Here’s a list of 10 murals around the Oklahoma City area. There are several more that you can find with a quick Google search. Unlike LA, there’s hardly anyone around so it’s easy to snap a few photos with no one around.



After Oklahoma City, we spent the night in Springfield, MO. Instead of stopping by the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, I decided I wanted to stop in Springfield, IL to see the Illinois State Capitol and Lincoln’s Tomb. They do free tours during the weekdays at the state capitol but because it’s a public building, you’re free to wander and explore. This was my mom’s favorite stop, she was definitely having a field day. I posted a ton of photos on my Instagram if you want to see more.



After stopping in Springfield, our last stop was in Pontiac, IL. I wanted a photo with the large Route 66 mural. There are several murals in Pontiac so this another perfect place to stretch your legs.



After 3 days and lots of McDonald’s, we finally made it home! The next time you hear from me will be about my trip to Iceland!

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