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Fall 2011

I-90: Sites along America’s longest highway

Interstate-90 is the longest interstate highway in the United States. Stretching from Seattle to Boston, it’s 3,099.07 miles long and crosses 14 states. Whether you’re going the entire distance or just partway, here is a selection of some of the popular sites along I-90. 


On the road in Wyoming? Take a moment to absorb the majesty of Devil’s Tower. Devil’s Tower is a volcanic neck located in the Black Hills that attracts thousands of climbers every year. Composed mostly of sedimentary rock, this unique structure was designated a national monument in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt and continues to be a point of fascination today.

South Dakota

If you’ve ever wondered what happens to old corncobs and husks, the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, is the place for you to find out. Here, local artists use the remains of the corn harvest to create one-of-a-kind murals that draw 500,000 tourists each year. If, on the other hand, you’ve never wondered about these things, well now’s your chance to start. 


While driving through the dairy state, check out Circus World in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Here you can learn about the history of the “Big Top” and, as they say, “experience the thrill that never grows old!” The whole area is basically one big carnival with a historical museum at its center. With such attractions as live performers, animal acts, rides, and magic shows, even adults will want to run away and join the circus! 


Just off the interstate in South Bend, Indiana, is the College Football Hall of Fame. Spend some time remembering the glory days of the 886 football players and 186 coaches who have been enshrined here. The newest exhibit, Heritage of the Heisman, tells the history of the award that recognizes the most outstanding players in collegiate football. 


This stretch of I-90 is the shortest intrastate distance. It connects Cleveland and Toledo, the biggest cities in Ohio. While you’re in Cleveland, check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where hallmark performers of modern music are memorialized. This unique museum includes mementos and facts from a distinctive array of performers such as ABBA, Madonna, U2, and the Beatles. Feel free to drop in and rock out—in the interest of education. 

New York

Also known as the New York Thruway, this section of I-90 is the fifth busiest toll road in the United States. It connects the major cities of Albany, Syracuse, and Buffalo. If you want to divert from the normal activities that attract visitors in this region, check out the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse. Here you can learn about the history of the canal and the influence it has had on the area. The museum’s collection includes documents, prints, photographs, and rare books related to the Erie Canal’s history. 

Check out our article on 10 Winter Driving Tips while planning your trip on I-90.

—Alyson Reid