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Route 20 Road Trip Getaway | Day 3 – Dundee Township

Route 20 Road Trip Getaway | Day 3 – Dundee Township

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 1 or 2


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 3 – Dundee Township

Pictured: Dundee Township River Walk


Every morning needs to start somewhere, and starting it at Craft Donuts + Coffee in West Dundee will sure to start the day off right. They’re located next to the Dundee Township Riverwalk. Grab a mouth-watering bakery item and a cup of joe from this cafe before taking a morning stroll next to the Fox River. Benedicts Eggs and More, located in East Dundee, is great breakfast restaurant that includes more hot plate meal options.

After breakfast you can enjoy the Dundee Riverwalk, or if a more active morning sounds better, SAMA is the place to go. Jumpstart the day with good workout at this hot yoga center.



The Dundee area is full of great places to go with the whole family! If entertaining young kids is a must, check out the places below that may interest you!

Santa’s Village and Azoozement & Water Park is Chicagoland’s place for fun family memories! Located in East Dundee, they feature Santa Springs (a new water park), lots of thrill, kiddie and family classic rides, entertainment, a petting zoo, attractions, and education entertainment where they shows about the animals! The park is open May thru October.

Pictured: Randall Oaks Zoo

Situated at the top of a hill, Randall Oaks Zoo offers a variety of kid-friendly farm animals for viewing, petting, and feeding. A stroll through the barn gives visitors an opportunity to meet a camel, alpacas, goats and a few of our other animal friends. Some highlights of the zoo include cows, mini horses, a bobcat, sheep, goats, emus, alpacas, reptiles, deer, rabbits, chickens, pigs, fox, and birds, including a Red-tailed hawk, peacocks and a Great Horned Owl just to name a few. Come and meet all their four-legged, furry and feathered friends!





Pictured: Muddy Buddy from Van’s Frozen Custard

When you start to get hungry stop for lunch! Here’s some places we recommend.

Woodfire Pizza Dundee
The Village Squire
Van’s Frozen Custard
River Street Tavern
Bandito Barney’s Beach Club


One of the best places adults and kids alike will have a ball is the Underground Retrocade. Go back in time and step into this 80s themed arcade! Full of games from the golden era, as they were played using the correct cabinets, controls, and displays. Leave your quarters at home and play unlimited all day for just $15!



Get a treat at Around the Corner Candy, an adorable candy store full of chocolates, gummies and more!

Shop at the Half Full Nest Vintage Market, and LadyBug Lane. Both stores offer antique shopping as well as other great gifts like candles and locally sourced dips and snacks!

Catch a concert at Rochaus! Rochaus is a music venue that has hosted well-known bands like Saliva, and Saving Abel. There are also a number of popular tribute bands like Smells like Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), In the Flesh- Echoes of Pink Floyd, Jagged Little Pill (Alanis Morissette),  Of Perception (The Doors), and Mr.Speed who was awarded the title of Best Kiss Tribute Band in the World in 2012 and are currently on the books to come back on Saturday November 21st!

Pictured: Rochaus

At some point you’ll be ready to sit down, take a load off and eat some good food. Here are some great places to go for a nice dinner.

Pictured: Bleuroot Outdoor Dining Patio

Bleuroot– a farm to table style restaurant with beautiful veiws of the river from their outdoor dining patio.

Mockingbird Bar+Garden– A kitchen and bar that offers an espresso bar, cocktail lounge, food that makes you feel good, + fresh cicchetti (small plates) prepared from their wood burning oven.

Emmett’s Tavern– A bar and grill featuring all the classics, with award winning handcrafted beer brewed on site, feet away from the tap.





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.


TownePlace Suites by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott
Quality Inn 
Holiday Inn & Suites
Super 8 by Wyndham
Hampton Inn

The above hotels are all located at the intersection of I-90 and Rt 31.

Click here for our full list of accommodations!


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