What are the must-see places along the Lincoln Highway? It’s impossible to answer, as everyone has their favorite things. Some like natural scenery, or good eats, or wacky attractions, or shopping, or water towers. I veer towards vintage roadside attractions like the Shoe House, seen below being repainted.
Rick Sebak, producer of A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway, commented last time I brought this up, “Isn’t every stop different depending on weather, time of day, people you meet, your mood and the temperament of everybody else in the car?” Yep, that’s why the well-known attractions might not even be on your list of favorites.
Nonetheless, I charge ahead with my top 10 places from East-to-West that will make you feel like a Lincoln Highway regular:
1 Shoe House/Dunkle’s Gulf/Coffee Pot/Lincoln Motor Court, PA
2 Balyeat’s Restaurant, Van Wert OH
3 Ideal Section, IN-IL border
4 LHA Headquarters, Franklin Grove IL
5 LH concrete bridge, Tama IA (image above)
6 Scout’s Rest Ranch, N Platte NE
7 Virginian Hotel, Medicine Bow WY
8 Salt Lake Desert route, UT (image below)
9 Carroll Summit road, west of Austin NV
10 Donner Summit, west of Truckee CA
That’s 10 if you don’t mind my PA quad pick (and that’s leaving out the fabulous Poquessing Creek Bridge and Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum).
So what must-see sites did I leave out?? I already can think of more places that I can’t believe didn’t make the list. But the ones above would be a great start to a lifetime of Lincoln Highway touring.