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SpringfieldUnited States of America

As the longtime home of Abraham Lincoln and the capital of Illinois, this city has ample history, culture and entertainment for any visitor.

Before he moved to the White House, Abraham Lincoln lived and raised his family in Springfield. Visit the capital of Illinois to immerse yourself in the history of one of America's most famous presidents and experience the bustling cultural scene.

Dive into the life and career of the 16th president at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. This state-of-the-art institution is one of the country’s most visited presidential libraries. It includes fascinating exhibits focusing on the American Civil War.

Before he became president, Lincoln earned his nickname of "Honest Abe" while working as a lawyer. Tour his offices at the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office. Just a few steps away is the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln served in the Illinois House of Representatives and addressed the issue of slavery in his famous "House Divided" speech.

See where the Lincolns lived for 17 years at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. The home features tours and informational exhibits. The surrounding four blocks have been preserved to appear as they did when Lincoln lived there. Lincoln's final resting place is in Oak Ridge Cemetery where there are also Vietnam War, Korean War and World War II memorials.

On the cultural side, take advantage of Springfield's arts community. Catch an act at Sangamon Auditorium, a venue that hosts a variety of talent ranging from international musicians to the local ballet troupe. For more music, dance and theater performances, stop by Hoogland Center for the Arts, which also features a large gallery. During warmer months, the Theatre in the Park at New Salem hosts plays and concerts in its unique outdoor amphitheater space.

Cool off at Knight's Action Park water slides. Test your swing at the golf range or your skills at the arcade. The Route 66 Drive-in is beloved for its old-fashioned theater; watch a double feature from the comfort of your car.

Fly into the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport just north of the city and then enjoy history and culture in Springfield, the land of Lincoln.

Where to stay in Springfield

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Downtown Springfield

4/5Very Good!(301 area reviews)

Downtown Springfield is popular for its interesting museums, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum or Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

Downtown Springfield

Top Hotels in Springfield

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Crowne Plaza Springfield
Crowne Plaza Springfield
3.5 out of 5
3000 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL
The price is $89 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Situated in Springfield, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Illinois at Springfield, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and Lincoln ...

4.1/5Very Good! (871 reviews)

"Room was clean, domestic disturbance next door. Rest of stay was uneventful."…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

Crowne Plaza Springfield
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Springfield IL
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Springfield IL
2.5 out of 5
1121 Lejune Dr, Springfield, IL
The price is $57 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from University of Illinois at Springfield and within 6 mi (10 km) of Abraham Lincoln Presidential ...

4.3/5Excellent! (956 reviews)

"Some guy was hanging out at the parking lot, staffing seemed minimal"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Springfield IL
Northfield Inn, Suites & Conference Center
Northfield Inn, Suites & Conference Center
2.5 out of 5
3280 Northfield Dr, Springfield, IL
The price is $77 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 23

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Sky Glider and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Illinois State Fairgrounds. Shea's Gas Station Museum is 2.3 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (966 reviews)

"the hotel was very clean and welcoming, the price was great, and had a breakfast to go, would give them thumbs-up, Thank You,"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Northfield Inn, Suites & Conference Center

Popular places to visit in Springfield

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

4.5/5(213 reviews)

Learn about one of the most revered presidents of the United States through museum artifacts and presidential papers.

Illinois State Fairgrounds
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Illinois State Fairgrounds

4.5/5(102 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Illinois State Fairgrounds, a well-known attraction in Springfield. Take in the lively festivals while you're in the area.

Illinois State Capitol
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Illinois State Capitol

4.5/5(132 reviews)

Illinois State Capitol is just one of the places to see in Springfield, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Experience the area's fascinating museums and lively festivals.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site
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Lincoln Home National Historic Site

4.5/5(214 reviews)

Come to this well-equipped facility to learn about Abraham Lincoln and to collect your ticket for one of the free tours that explore his carefully preserved home. 

Lincoln's Tomb
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Lincoln's Tomb

5/5(157 reviews)

Pay your respects at the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln and admire the magnificent monument that celebrates the life of the remarkable president.

Illinois State Museum
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Illinois State Museum

4/5(35 reviews)

See ancient fossils, examine local Native American artworks and find out about Illinois’ rich heritage through natural history exhibits at this extensive museum.

Top things to do in Springfield

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Illinois
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Illinois

$10
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Illinois
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Illinois

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Illinois
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Illinois

$20
Per adult

Reviews of Springfield

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 18, 2020

love being there

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 30, 2020

Pets should stay at all hotels that are properly equipped for free or much lower fee. They are like children to most people that take them to travel. My dog never has any money. :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

I have stayed at this motel several times and it never disappoints me.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 10, 2020

There are a bunch of other motels about 1 mile south in a much nicer area with convenient dining and better access. I'll not be staying at Super 8 again.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

ITS OK

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

It is fun if you can have fun i'm back in college at age 59 i'll get out in 2022...

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