If you are a big history buff, it doesn't get much better than Abraham Lincoln's hometown.

If you are a big history buff, it doesn’t get much better than Abraham Lincoln’s hometown. At the top of everyone’s to-do list is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Galleries of well-preserved displays showcasing the life of the 16th President of the United States include the world’s largest collection of Lincoln-related documents and artifacts. You will see family photos, crystal from the White House, Mary Lincoln’s ball gowns and other reproductions at the museum. 

More Lincoln history can be found at the Lincoln Depot, a restored 1852 train depot where Lincoln gave “the Farewell Address” before leaving for Washington; his family home, the only home he ever owned; and the Lincoln Tomb. 

Springfield is also the site of the Camp Butler National Cemetery, once the location of a Union Civil War training camp and Confederate prison. The State Military Museum, war memorials, and other historic sites are a few other stops you may want to make. Guided tours help to provide a living history experience.  

There are plenty of modern hotels and restaurants to choose from, but if you are looking for something unique Springfield’s got that, too. The Cozy Dog Drive In is a classic Route 66 diner where the hot dog on a stick was made famous. Charlie Parker’s Diner dishes out delicious breakfast and was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. 

More info: www.visitspringfieldillinois.com

Information provided by the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau