Known as the “Land of Lincoln”, Springfield, Illinois, once home to the 16th President, offers a plethora of experiences to peek into Abraham Lincoln’s life and legacy. A husband, father, politician and President, Lincoln’s history is rich in Springfield.
While in Springfield take in the world-class Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum where Lincoln’s presidential journey, complete with interactive exhibits, impressive holographic displays, live actors and a recreation of the 1860 presidential campaign are reanimated. Less than a mile from here, visit the only home Lincoln owned, restored to its condition from before he left to serve as President in 1861. You can also pay your respects to Lincoln and his family at Oak Ridge Cemetery, the final resting places of Abraham, his wife, Mary Todd, and three of their four children. It is said that rubbing the nose of Lincoln’s bronze bust will bring good luck.
Located along a stretch of another great American icon, Springfield is part of Route 66 which runs 2,448 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. Illinois was the first state to have its portion paved from end-to-end. This stretch today still includes some of the original bricks, diners, drive-ins and motorhead haunts.
Relive history in the Old State Capitol building, where Lincoln presented his “House Divided” speech in 1858. Marvel at the massive glass dome atop the current Illinois State Capitol Building where the first legislative session was held in 1877.
Rich in visual and performing arts, Springfield is home to the Springfield Art Association galleries, Historic Edwards Place and a calendar packed year round with special events. Theatre, dance and other cultural experiences take place regularly at the Hoogland Center for the Arts,Illinois Symphony Orchestra, University of Illinois Springfield Performing Arts Center and The Springfield Muni to name a few. Located along the Frank Lloyd Trail, travelers can enjoy the Frank Lloyd Wright Dana-Thomas House, a must-see treasured site.
Not to be missed while in Springfield, IL, the culinary scene, winery and brewery trails and dozens of locally owned and operated eateries. Springfield, best known for its Horseshoe Sandwich, is home to some of the best cuisine in the Midwest.
Springfield’s relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, makes it the perfect spot for a family vacation. Whether you are enjoying a day strolling around the Henson Robinson Zoo, splashing at Knight’s Action Waterpark, or taking in the fun and games at SCHEELS, there are endless things to entertain all ages.
Conveniently located in the heart of the Midwest, Springfield is accessible, affordable and offers the best in hospitality with our many award-winning hotels and quaint inns.
Escape the hustle and bustle and take time to “Relax, Reconnect & Discover” Springfield, IL.