Springfield, Illinois, identifies closely with Abraham Lincoln.
It was there that Lincoln served in the legislature, opened a law firm, met and married Mary Todd, raised a family, won a seat in the U.S. Congress and was elected the 16th U.S. President.
“Each year, Springfield hosts groups of all sizes and interests from around the world,” said Jeff Berg, tourism manager for Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our experienced team welcomes the opportunity to help planners customize itineraries based on Abraham Lincoln, Route 66, architecture, culinary experiences and other exciting adventures.”
Lincoln sites can be customized with fun experiences such as the Abe & Mary: Quite Contrary walking tour from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (available during the summer) or a ghost tour (year-round).
Stop at the Dana-Thomas House, the largest, best preserved and most complete of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s early Prairie-style houses. Built in 1902–04, the house contains the original Wright-designed oak furniture and art glass doors, windows and light panels. Group reservations are made through the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Stop at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, dedicated to telling the story of Lincoln through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology. The museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques. Group reservations are made through the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Illinois State Capitol
Head to the Illinois State Capitol, the center of Illinois government since 1877. A 405-foot dome tops the Renaissance Revival/Second Empire-style building. Tours include the House and Senate galleries, Governor’s reception area, Hall of Governors and Old Supreme Courtroom. Group tours are by appointment only through the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Follow in the footsteps of Lincoln by visiting his home of 17 years and the historic neighborhood surrounding it. The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is a four-block area containing 12 historic structures dating back to Lincoln’s time. Tour groups must reserve Lincoln Home tours in advance by contacting the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau