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Land of Lincoln

Presidential history meets Americana in this central region of Illinois that’s home to two American icons: Abe Lincoln and Route 66. See how each helped define a nation by exploring towns like Springfield and Pontiac that honor their respective legacies with museums, festivals and plenty of roadside nostalgia.

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Home to Abe Lincoln, Americana and the birthplace of the corndog.

History comes alive around every corner in Springfield, home to more Lincoln sites than anywhere else in the nation. Explore everything from Abe’s house and law offices to his must-see presidential museum. Route 66 makes its way through Springfield leaving behind plenty of Americana in the form of classic diners and kitschy roadside attractions.


College towns with plenty of history and hidden gems.

A towering courthouse anchors Bloomington, where a history museum provides a launching point for exploring the rest of the city. Home to Illinois State University, Normal buzzes with a younger vibe in its Uptown neighborhood, full of record stores and pizza places. Every summer, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival draws thespian fans with an impressive lineup.


A world-class university anchors a vibrant arts and foodie scene.

Eclectic restaurants and wine bars cater to refined tastes, which also find a home in several stunning art and science museums here. Carefully manicured gardens showcase flowers and sculptures, while handcrafted brews shine in local pubs near the University of Illinois.


Where a day at the zoo turns into so much more.

Discover everything from alligators to camels at Decatur’s Scovill Zoo. Visit a hands-on children’s museum where kids showcase their inner scientists. Go fishing on beautiful Lake Decatur. And take a historic walking tour known for its lighthearted look at Decatur’s colorful past.

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