The Mother of All Road Trips: Route 66
A storied cafe and a rabbit ranch
Ariston Cafe, Litchfield, Illinois: Here's the reprieve from fried-food burnout. The storied 1935 cafe (a member of the Route 66 Hall of Fame) features white linen tablecloths and entrees such as grilled swordfish. Ask owner Nick Adam to let you browse his collection of 66 books autographed by drivers from Japan and Germany.
Henry's Rabbit Ranch, Staunton, Illinois: An insurance agent in his day job, Rich Henry leaped into Route 66 culture by building a throwback stop from scratch. Pet the live bunnies, wander a yard full of museum-quality neon motel signs and strike a pose sitting atop the giant rabbit (left).