Historic National Road - Illinois
Length: 164.6 mi / 264.9 km
Time to Allow: 12 hours to enjoy this section of the byway or 3.5 hours to drive it.
On Illinois' National Historic Road, rolling countryside, prairie fields, and small towns whisper of an earlier time. Main street stores speak of small town U.S.A. where soda fountains, museums and antiques showcase days gone by. Hayfields, cattle and old barns intermingled with small towns all beckon you to stay awhile.
The Historic National Road is promoted by the FHWA and the six state National Road Associations, who desire to enhance, promote and protect its unique resources.
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The Historic National Road was the nation's first federally funded interstate highway. It opened the nation to the west and became a corridor for the movement of goods and people. Today, visitors experience a physical timeline, including classic inns, tollhouses, diners, and motels that trace 200 years of American history.