I encourage you to visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site to learn more about how you can visit these great historic sites.
One fun, non-historic site I stopped by during my trip is the Beer Nuts Factory. Yes, the world famous Beer Nuts are made right here in Illinois in the city of Bloomington. Click here to view the company's history.
A few days after my Route 66 trip, my family and I circled back to Bloomington visit the Miller Park Zoo — and we were not disappointed. We have three small children, so the zoos in Chicago always end up being overwhelming, due to large crowds, traffic, and the sheer size of the parks.
No so with the Miller Park Zoo. It's the perfect size (our entire visit lasted about 90 minutes) and they have some great exhibits. They have giant tortoises, a petting zoo, wolves, an American bald eagle, red pandas, a tiger, a bear, a sea lion, a river otter and leopard — and more. Perhaps best of all, they're located in a great park with a splash pad right outside the zoo. Pack a picnic and swim trunks and head to Bloomington for an fun — and inexpensive — outing with the kids.
Click here to view more about the Miller Park Zoo.