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Springfield Illinois Travel Guide

As the capital of Illinois, Springfield is best known otherwise as being home to 16th President Abraham Lincoln. There may be no more beloved American historical figure than Lincoln, and the area is blessed with bountiful visitors. There are plenty of Springfield Illinois hotels to accommodate you, so let’s see what is going on in Springfield!

Tomb of Abraham Lincoln in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IllinoisLocated only a hundred miles from St. Louis and 200 Miles from Indianapolis or Chicago, travel by car is quite common. However, if you choose to fly, Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) provides you with a choice of multiple daily flights to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport. American Airlines and United Airlines both serve the airport with regional jets. Amtrak provides a local station as well, with daily trains to St. Louis and Chicago. Rental cars are plentiful, and driving in and around the city is not difficult; there is also a City Bus available for transport.

So, where to start? The Capitol Complex is the heart of Springfield, where current politics collide with the historic past. You can tour the Old State Capitol Building and the “new” Capitol Building, where the legislature has been in session dating back to 1877!  You will see a variety of architecture styles in these stately structures. There is plenty of history around here, so stop at the new Visitors Center located in Union Square Park to make sure you don’t miss anything. Right across the street is one site you certainly must visit, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. It is very well-done and has a host of interesting exhibits spanning his entire life, personal and public, for your exploration.

Born in Kentucky, Lincoln moved to Illinois as a young man, spending years in New Salem. A wonderful reproduction of this area is found just northwest of the city, and is a great place to experience how people really lived in the 1800’s. There are splendid, live Theatre in the Park performances at New Salem during the summer. Lincoln eventually settled in Springfield, setting up a law practice and marrying Mary Todd. At Eighth and Jackson you will see the Lincolns’ home where they lived before leaving for Washington. After his assassination, Lincoln was brought home to Springfield for burial. Oak Ridge Cemetery is well-worth visiting, as you can tour National Historic Landmark Lincoln’s Tomb along with three touching war memorials.

Not everything in this area is Lincoln-related! The Dana-Thomas House, built by Frank Lloyd Wright, contains perhaps the finest collection of original art glass and furniture in existence. You can also tour the Greek Revival-style home of famous poet Vachel Lindsay, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

To enjoy the beautiful Illinois outdoors, Washington Park boasts Botanical Gardens and the well-known Rees Memorial Carillon bells. Lake Springfield is home to Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center, which offers a quiet, urban oasis along with hiking trails, fifty-seven miles of shoreline, eight parks and a marina. The Muni performs Broadway musicals at an outstanding outdoor theatre located here during the summer. There are a variety of bicycle trails throughout and surrounding the city, perfect for leaf peeping in the fall and getting a little exercise.

Culture is not overlooked, as you can see Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Ballet performances at Sangamon Auditorium, which is located on the campus of the University of Illinois-Springfield. White Oaks Mall and the Downtown Springfield District offer plenty of shopping, from national department stores to unique boutiques, plus numerous restaurants. Golfers will enjoy a challenge at The Rail Golf Course which was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.

For a blast from the past, you can drive a portion of historic Route 66; stop at Shea’s Gas Station Museum to reminisce about the good old days and at the Cozy Dog Drive In for a scrumptious corn dog. Springfield brings you back in time, in a really good way! To learn more about the exciting things to do here, click on any of the Attractions below. We offer a nice variety of the best Springfield IL hotels near each attraction, making it really easy to book your accommodations. Start planning today!

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Knights Inn Jacksonville

Knights Inn Jacksonville

1111 East Morton Ave -- Jacksonville, IL

Discount Rates from $48.00  

 
Motel 6 Springfield

Motel 6 Springfield

6011 S 6th Street Rd -- Springfield, IL

Discount Rates from $54.35  

 
Super 8 Springfield East

Super 8 Springfield East

1330 S Dirksen Parkway -- Springfield, IL

Discount Rates from $58.00  

 
Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Springfield

Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Spring

1701 J David Jones Pkwy -- Springfield, IL

Discount Rates from $59.00  

 
Red Roof Inn Springfield IL

Red Roof Inn Springfield IL

3200 Singer Ave -- Springfield, IL

Discount Rates from $61.45  

 
Days Inn Springfield  South

Days Inn Springfield South

5970 S 6th Street Rd -- Springfield, IL

Discount Rates from $65.03  

 
Super 8 Taylorville IL

Super 8 Taylorville IL

400 Abes Way -- Taylorville, IL

Discount Rates from $65.53  

 
Super 8 Motel Lincoln

Super 8 Motel Lincoln

2809 Woodlawn Rd -- Lincoln, IL

Discount Rates from $65.88  

 
Route 66 Hotel And Conference

Route 66 Hotel And Conference

625 E. Saint Joseph St. -- Springfield, IL

Discount Rates from $66.00  

 
Homestyle Inn and Suites

Homestyle Inn and Suites

500 N 1st Street -- Springfield, IL

Discount Rates from $69.42  

 
Econo Lodge Lincoln

Econo Lodge Lincoln

2811 Woodlawn Rd -- Lincoln, IL

Discount Rates from $69.99  

 
Crowne Plaza Hotel Springfield

Crowne Plaza Hotel Springfield

3000 S Dirksen Pkwy -- Springfield, IL

Discount Rates from $77.71  

 
Baymont Inn and Suites Springfield IL

Baymont Inn and Suites Springfield I

5871 South 6th St. -- Springfield, IL

Discount Rates from $79.99  

 
Quality Inn and Suites

Quality Inn and Suites

3442 Freedom Dr -- Springfield, IL

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Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham Springfield

Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham S

2636 Sunrise Dr -- Springfield, IL

Discount Rates from $84.00  

 
Mansion View Inn and Suites

Mansion View Inn and Suites

529 S. 4th Street -- Springfield, IL

Discount Rates from $85.45  

 
Holiday Inn Express Lincoln

Holiday Inn Express Lincoln

130 Olson Dr -- Lincoln, IL

Discount Rates from $86.65  

 
Sleep Inn Springfield

Sleep Inn Springfield

3470 Freedom Dr -- Springfield, IL

Discount Rates from $89.99  

 
Carpenter Street Hotel

Carpenter Street Hotel

525 North Sixth Street -- SPRINGFIELD, IL

Discount Rates from $94.00  

 
Ramada Springfield North

Ramada Springfield North

3281 Northfield Drive -- Springfield, IL

Discount Rates from $99.00  

 

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