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Part 4 (Continued)
Great American Dog-Friendly Road TripTM
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Here are Toby and I at the 1875 town of Walnut Hill at the Living History Farms in Irbandale, Iowa.
We took the Living History Farms tractor wagon ride, on their private dirt road, from the 1875 town to the rest of the farms and exhibits. As with the rest of the attraction, well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome on the wagon ride.
This log cabin home was one of the buildings located in the 1850 Pioneer Town at the Living History Farms. They had several costumed interpreters who not only explained the work that was done during this time period, but were actually doing work like taking care of the garden, cooking soup from scratch, knitting a sweater from wool and more.
After a great time at the Living History Farms, we continued on Interstate 80 towards Chicago.
We took another detour off of our route when we came across the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. It is about 10 miles east of Iowa City, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Dogs on leash are welcome to accompany you, just not inside the buildings. This historic site has many buildings like the cottage where Hoover was born, a blacksmith shop, a one room schoolhouse, era homes, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum and more. The gravesites of President Hoover and Mrs. Hoover are located near the Presidential Library and are shown in this photo. You can do quite a bit of walking at this historic site.
Adjacent to the gravesites is a walking path called the Prairie Trail. Dogs on leash are welcome on the trail which goes through  corn fields.
This photo of a butterfly was taken at the Prairie Trail trailhead at the Herbert Hoover National Historic site.
Back on the road once again. Somewhere around here is where we crossed the state line into Illinois.
We stopped for one more sightseeing detour on our way to Chicago. President Ronald Reagan's boyhood home in Dixon, Illinois is located not too far off the highway and is usually open for tours. Reagan moved to this house with his parents and brother when he was 9 years old. Shown here is a photo of his boyhood home. 
Next to Reagan's boyhood home, there is a life-sized statue of the President. While dogs are not allow inside the house, Toby and I were able to pose for a photo at the statue.
After a long day, we arrived at the Holiday Inn in Schaumburg, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. We stayed here for a couple of nights so we could tour Chicago. This particular Holiday Inn had the most comfortable bed of any of the hotels we stayed at on our cross-country trip. And when we checked out, they gave my daughter a couple of complimentary small stuffed animals. Very nice touch! Dogs up to 50 pounds are welcome and there are no pet fees.
This photo shows a nice grassy area which is located next to the above mentioned Holiday Inn. Not every hotel has this much grass nearby to walk your dog, so I decided to take this photo. 
As we headed into Chicago the next day, we paralleled a commuter train that was heading into downtown.
Our goal when visiting Chicago was to take in a dog-friendly boat ride and to see exactly where else we could bring our pooch. The boat ride by Shoreline Sightseeing Boat Tours lived up to our expectations. They welcomed our dog aboard and we had a great interpretive boat ride along the Chicago River.
Here is a photo of Toby enjoying the boat tour through downtown Chicago.

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