Drive the Historic Lincoln Highway

We welcome you to experience Illinois’ premier National Scenic Byway, the Illinois Lincoln Highway. Rediscover the charm of the American road trip on this famed highway

Today the historic Lincoln Highway route through Illinois is known as U.S. 30, Illinois Routes 31 and 38, as it traverses from the east on the Indian border in Lynwood to the western terminus at the mighty Mississippi in Fulton. As you venture out on this National Scenic Byway and explore all it has to offer, will find something for everyone! Make plans for your getaway and find the perfect destinations along the route for; families, group tours, romantic couples, a girls’ getaway, outdoor enthusiasts, culture seekers, history buffs and more.

Everyone will enjoy the exuberant atmosphere along with inspired dining and cozy lodging. Travel by car, motorcycle, RV or bus and you will find the 179 mile Illinois Lincoln Highway uncovers a past era woven together with the present, where every mile is a story!


The Lincoln Highway Coalition has produced this “must see” series of 35 Interpretive Murals, in over two dozen communities in Northern Illinois.

Each mural is a hand-painted, 10 x 20 square foot unique work of art. The murals tell fascinating true stories of Lincoln Highway history. The “larger than life” images transport you back in time to discover the significance the Lincoln Highway and its communities had on the evolution of travel. read more


The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition presents 16 Interpretive Gazebos along the Lincoln Highway, a 179 mile National Scenic Byway in Northern Illinois. Completed in fall 2009, the gazebos offer a unique and interactive way for visitors to learn the significance of the highway while enjoying stories of the early Lincoln Highway and its Illinois communities. read more


There's always something going on along the Lincoln Highway. Check out our event listing to plan your perfect trip. See the events!


The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition partners with 44 communities to present a premier National Scenic Byway experience for today’s visitors. Serving as gateways to America’s heartland, each community offers its own special charm and culture. Visit our communities


Historical Tour

Take a journey on the Illinois Lincoln Highway, a 179 mile National Scenic Byway. From the Indiana border, west toward the mighty MIssissippi, you will find an adventure filled with variety, rich in history and heritage. As you travel the Lincoln Highway route across northern Illinois, take time to discover each communities' unique culture and special offerings and find a past era woven together with the present. Go back in time

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