Atlanta, Illinois is ramping up tourism efforts, anticipating an influx of travelers for the Route 66 centennial. Visitors to the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator can now view a decommissioned mine shaft on the grounds. The Atlanta Coal Mining Company Museum tells the story of Atlanta's 40 years of failed attempts at sourcing its own black gold. A nearby American Giants Museum is scheduled to open in July.
For a quick fix to get your kicks on 66, pile the family or friends into the coupe and head north to Atlanta, Illinois. Fewer than 50 miles from…