Courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Presidential history in the Illinois capital.

Travel + Leisure
May 30, 2012

Honest Abe once lived in Springfield, and, today, the state capital honors his legacy with more than eight sites, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum—see why President Obama makes a fuss over our 16th president. Set on the historic Route 66, the city packs a double historical punch, with such offbeat landmarks like the Cozy Dog Drive In.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Kids visit Mrs. Lincoln’s Attic for dress-up and period-reminiscent play.

Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon

Climb to the top of the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, the fourth-largest carillon in the world.

Cozy Dog Drive In

Taste a corn dog on a stick. The drive-in offers a family basket including four dogs and fries for $9!

Lincoln-Douglas Café

Grab charbroiled burgers at the Lincoln-Douglas Café, where everything is homemade.

Route 66 Hotel & Conference Center

The hotel makes lodging nostalgic; its U.S. 66 theme includes an on-site exhibit of vehicles and street signs. Ask for a remodeled room or suite.

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