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Route 20 Road Trip – Day 1 in West Elgin

Route 20 Road Trip – Day 1 in West Elgin

Plan a road trip on America’s longest road!

By Nick Nolte – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org


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.

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!

Traveling East

Day 1 in West Elgin:

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.

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 amongst beautiful wetlands full of a variety of birds and other wildlife that provide a beautiful chorus of sounds from sunrise to sunset.


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 a little thirsty. Just minutes from yoga and the farmhouse is Plank Road Tap Room. 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.

Across the street, you’ll find Kleins Farm & Garden Market. This local farmers market features the highest quality flowers, fruits, and vegetables in the area.


Plan on lunch at Sammy’s Mexican Grill, while you schedule a tee time at Bowes Creek Country Club, The Highland’s of Elgin or Wing Park Golf Course for day 2 of your excursion.  If golfing isn’t your thing, maybe catch a movie at Marcus Elgin Cinema while relaxing in their  DreamLounger™ recliner seating.

Enjoy the outdoors?  Plan a hike, bike ride or a night camping under the stars at one of the beautiful Kane County Forest Preserves.

End your day in comfort at one of our area hotels, and enjoy dinner at any one of the restaurants nearby like Rookies Sports Bar & Grill, Sushi Station’s waterside dining, and more!

If you’re traveling with a group, please contact our Visitors Center for special rates!

Use #ExploreElgin on your social posts, so we can follow your adventure!  Happy travels.

COVID-19 Travel NOTE: **When it’s safe to travel again, please be sure to call the businesses ahead of time to confirm operation hours and limitations.**

Road Trip – Day 2