Gather the family, pack up the car, and savor an all-American adventure from the heart of Chicago through the Heartland to sunny California on iconic Route 66. The spring 2015 adventure starts here.

-Tommy’s Must see stops-

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Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant & Bakery | 565 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL

Since 1923 this family-owned coffee shop has welcomed guests both local and visiting, including our current President and his predecessor.

Cars on the Route | 119 North Main Street, Galena, KS

The retro snack bar and souvenir shop is housed inside a restored service station and the rusty red tow truck out front was the inspiration for Mater in the movie Cars.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard | 6726 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, MO

Enjoy a taste of Americana at Ted Drewes, whose signature sweet treat is frozen solid and lovingly called “The Concrete.”

The Painted Desert | Interstate 40, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

The 7,500 square miles of badlands offer road trippers glorious vistas and hiking opportunities that are well worth the stop.

Wigwam Motel | 811 West Hopi Drive, Holbrook, AZ

Children will delight in the 15 concrete and steel tepees enclosed around pint-sized motel suites. Not to mention it’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Big Texan | 7701 Interstate East 40, Amarillo, TX

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the whopping 72-ounce steak dinner at this popular eatery. Finish one in under an hour and it’s free.

Roy’s Motel and Café | 87520 National Trails Highway, Amboy, CA

This roadside stop is a throwback to yesteryear in the ghost town of Amboy and served as the music video set for Enrique Iglesias’ hit song “Hero”.

End of the Trail | 266 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

Finish your trip at the End of the Trail, marked by a vintage-style highway sign at the foot of the Santa Monica Pier, and savor the ocean views and a trip to remember.

Photos by Michelle Scott, RICK FREELAND, KUMAR PATEL, STUART HOLMES, and JIM HINCKLEY. All marks are property of their respective owners.