Springfield is the state capital of Illinois and the county seat of Sangamon County. More to the point, this is the home of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. Honest Abe was arguably America’s greatest president, having won the Civil War, which ended slavery and put the Union on a path to economic glory – all in four short years from 1861-65 before his tragic assassination. It is not surprising that Lincoln’s home, tomb, and law offices in Springfield still manage to inspire and draw tens of thousands of visitors each year. Get a car for hire in Springfield-IL to take the full Lincoln tour at your leisure. While you are at it, you might as well visit the other historic sites and memorials in the city.
Lincoln was not born in Springfield, but he did live here for 24 years. Springfield and the rest of central Illinois have innumerable historic sites and memorials dedicated to Lincoln. You can start this self-guided tour with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Get a car for rent in Springfield-IL and continue to the Old State Capitol Building, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, and Lincoln’s home. Another interesting Lincoln themed attraction is the New Salem State Park, a collection of log cabins recreated to look like Lincoln’s home during his early life. The Lincoln Memorial Gardens are a beautiful place along the shores of Lake Springfield. Lincoln’s last stop in Springfield on his way to Washington D.C. for his inauguration was the Lincoln Depot. The Lincoln Tomb in Springfield is his last resting place, and should be your last stop on this tour.
Springfield has a lot more history, even if you exclude all the Lincoln themed attractions. The Dana Thomas House is one of the most well preserved specimens of Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Illinois. The current Illinois State Capitol is a popular tourist attraction, and so is the executive mansion. Do not miss the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon adjacent to the Botanical Gardens in Washington Park.
There are around 40 hotels offering accommodations for visitors of all stripes, from budget family rooms to luxury stays. If you want to filter it down to the best location in Springfield, then look for hotels on East Adams Street or South Dirksen Parkway. Your top choices include the State House Inn at 101 East Adams Street, the Hilton Springfield at 700 East Adams Street, and the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center at 701 East Adams Street. The Hampton Inn Springfield at 3185 South Dirksen Parkway is worth considering, and so is the Crowne Plaza Springfield at 3000 South Dirksen Parkway.
You could take half-day trips to nearby destinations such as Decatur-IL or Jacksonville-IL. But the real fun is in the big city day trips and overnight stays. Book your car rental in Springfield-IL right now and plan for visits to Chicago, St. Louis in Missouri, and Indianapolis in Indiana. St. Louis is less than two hours from Springfield. Both Chicago and Indianapolis can be reached in about three and a half hours.
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