Friday, February 1, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-57 in Illinois & Missouri

Cross on Interstate 57 an 70 in Effingham, Ill...
Cross on Interstate 57 and 70 in Effingham, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 57 begins its journey south from Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan. I-57, which is the longest interstate in Illinois,  links Chicago with Urbana, Champaign, Effingham and Mt. Vernon before it joins with Interstate 55 in Missouri. This highway briefly merges with I-70 in Effingham and it is here at Exit 162 that I like to get gas. The 198 ft. steel cross in the photo is located at this merge and is an impressive sight which can be seen for miles. In addition to the many attractions of the Chicago area, the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historical Site is located near this interstate.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single drivers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.
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