April 1, 2016
Always Legendary Springfield, IL is a charming and historic Midwestern city filled with world-class sites and attractions ready to welcome you with a friendly small-town atmosphere. Here, you’ll get a glimpse of true Americana in the city that Lincoln loved.
Abraham Lincoln called Springfield home for 30 years. In fact, in Springfield, you can tour the only home Lincoln ever owned at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. The home is restored to its appearance when Lincoln was elected the 16 th President of the United States and is set in a neighborhood that will transport you to the heart of the city that Lincoln knew as a father, husband, neighbor and politician.
Let History come alive for you! The city has numerous sites and attractions that provide a picture of Lincoln’s life and legacy. These include the world-renowned Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln gave his famous “House Divided” speech, Lincoln’s New Salem, a reconstruction of the village where Lincoln spent his young adulthood, and the Lincoln Tomb, among many others. In the summer months, “History Comes Alive” in the streets of Springfield, and you can see Lincoln give one of his famous speeches, hear about Mary Todd Lincoln’s daily life, or even meet General Grant!
Old Route 66 runs through the center of town. Travelers along the famous Mother Road often stop for an original Cozy Dog at the Cozy Dog Drive In, still operated by the same family that founded the business in the 1940s. A visit to the Route 66 Twin Drive-In Movie Theatre recalls nostalgic summer nights eating popcorn and watching a double feature on the big screen. South of town you’ll find “Brick 66,” a section of original brick road from 1931.
From Frank Lloyd Wright to the State Capitol Building, great architecture calls Springfield home. Make sure to visit the Dana-Thomas House, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces of the early Prairie Style, featuring the most complete collection of original Wright furnishings and art glass. The State Capitol building gives visitors an insider’s look at state politics in the beautiful Renaissance Revival/Second Empire style building topped with a 405 foot dome. You might also be interested in the restored antebellum mansion, Edwards Place, where you can see the famous Lincoln courting couch.
Stay in style. When you’re looking for a place to wind down for the day, you’ll find a wide range of lodging options, from luxury full-service hotels to economy chains to quaint bed and breakfasts and the city abounds with unique local dining, interesting shops and plenty of cultural and recreational options. So, hit the open road and visit Springfield soon. Start planning your trip today at VisitSpringfieldIllinois.com.