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Route 20 Road Trip Getaway | Day 1 – Elgin

Route 20 Road Trip Getaway | Day 1 – Elgin

Plan a Road Trip on America’s Longest Road!

About Route 20

Did you know that US Rt 20 is the longest road in the US? Spanning 3,365 miles, Rt 20 stretches from the Pacific Northwest all the way to Boston, Massachusetts.  It nearly runs parallel to that of I-90 which in turn is the longest Interstate Highway in the US.  There is a short span of Rt 20 that uses unnumbered roads to traverse through Yellowstone National Park.


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Getting Started

To get you started on your Rt. 20 road trip, our team at Explore Elgin has outlined some great attractions along the 20 miles that spans through our communities! If you’re traveling with a group, please contact our Visitors Center for special rates! COVID-19 Travel NOTE: When traveling, please be sure to call the businesses ahead of time to confirm operation hours and limitations.

Click Below to See the Itinerary for Day 2 or 3


And don’t forget to use #ExploreElgin on your social posts, so we can follow your adventure!  Happy travels.


Let’s Hit the Road!

Day 1 – Elgin


Country Donuts is a great spot to start the morning off right. Their menu includes the best assortment of donuts you can get, an extensive coffee menu and more filling breakfast options like breakfast sandwiches! We also highly recommend Alexander’s Cafe.  Alexander’s provides ample indoor seating, great food for breakfast or lunch and it’s conveniently located near Elgin hotels.

We think every good road trip needs to include an experience you can’t get anywhere else, and for Elgin that is goat yoga! Enjoy a morning of outdoor goat yoga at Reverse the Kerrs Farm! This yoga class allows you the opportunity to be one with nature, one with goats, and one with your soul. Relax among beautiful wetlands, full of a variety of birds and other wildlife that provide a beautiful chorus of sounds from sunrise to sunset.

But if goat yoga doesn’t sound like your ideal activity, Elgin is home to numerous golf courses. The Highlands of Elgin is an premier golfing destination that features the original nine holes that flow over beautiful rolling terrain, while the new nine holes reclaim an old stone quarry, and take maximum advantage of the unique and dramatic land forms that were left behind, including a twelve acre quarry lake. Four holes hug the top of the bluff thirty to forty feet above the water providing golfers with incredible views and numerous shot options on each hole. There’s also Bowes Creek Country Club which has a “member-for-a-day” rate (instead of greens fees), or Wing Park Golf Course.


If you’re an architecture enthusiast, schedule a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Muirhead Farmhouse. It is the only known farmhouse designed and built by Wright during his lifetime. The 3,200 sq. ft. home is an example of Wright’s Usonian architecture. Designed by Wright in 1950 and constructed between 1951 and 1953, the Farmhouse underwent an extensive restoration in 2003 and now remains in the care of the Muirhead family.




After your workout or home tour, you might be feeling ready for a treat. Just minutes from yoga and the farmhouse sits The Milk House in Pingree Grove. The Milk House has been voted the #1 place to get a frozen treat in the Elgin area! What people love most is their delicious treats, that they are always trying new, unique and interesting flavors, the homemade waffle cones are amazing, and the staff is incredibly friendly. The Milk House is a great place to take the kids, especially since they’re open year-round!

There’s also Plank Road Tap Room located nearby. Recently named one of Chicago area’s best craft beer bars, and voted best beer garden in the suburbs, you can enjoy a cold beer, cider, or wine on their beautiful 7 acre property.  Food trucks serve a variety of dinner options on weekends, like BBQ, toasted cheese, and tacos!


Plan on lunch at Sammy’s Mexican Grill, Sushi Station, Old Republic Kitchen+ Bar, Bennigan’s or Paul’s Family Restaurant.


And if you like shopping for fresh produce. Across the street from Plank Road Tap Room, sits Kleins Farm & Garden Market. This local farmers market features the highest quality flowers, fruits, and vegetables in the area, along with other locally sourced fare like honey!




Do you enjoy a cool summer evening outdoors?  Plan a hike, bike ride or a night camping under the stars at one of the beautiful Kane County Forest Preserves. If the weather isn’t to your liking, stay in one of our hotels and catch a movie at Marcus Elgin Cinema while relaxing in their  DreamLounger™ recliner seating.

There’s also a number of shops perfect for finding gifts for any occasion. Fresh nuts from the Fisher Nuts Outlet store attached to where they’re made is great for any snack lover. State Street Market Shops, and the Elgin Farmer’s Market are also great places to go for a fun and unique shopping experience.


Plan your Stay!

Ready to make your road trip happen?! Here are some recommendations for places to stay!

If you’re traveling with pets and looking for a great place to board them during your trip, check out the Kountry Pet Resort in Hampshire, IL.  Your furry family member will be pampered, and you’ll get daily updates on activities that your best friend is enjoying.


Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
Comfort Suites
CandleWood Suites

The above hotels are all located at the intersection of I-90 and Randall Road.

Click here for our full list of accommodations!


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