Discover the countless places in Illinois Lincoln lived and traveled for almost 30 years of his life.

Looking for Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area


Forty-two counties of Central Illinois make up the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA). The only National Heritage Area named for an American President, the ALNHA was designated by Congress in 2008 to highlight the 30 years of Lincoln's life in which he grew up, raised his family, and cultivated the courage and wisdom that would prepare him to lead the nation through some of its most trying times. 

Celebrating 10 years, 2008–2018

Throughout the Heritage Area, you’ll have a front row seat as the life and times of Lincoln unfold before your eyes—through amazing attractions like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the Lincoln Log Cabin, Lincoln’s New Salem and many more.

To mark the 10th Anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area in 2018, Enjoy Illinois has compiled four itineraries for exploring the legacy of Lincoln throughout Central Illinois.


  • Get an Overview of Lincoln's 30 Years in Illinois

    The Life & Times of Lincoln

    Lincoln lived most of his life in Illinois, moving to the state with his family in 1830. This itinerary covers the highlights from Bloomington to Springfield.
    See It All
  • East Central Illinois

    Lincoln the Lawyer

    Sites in East Central Illinois give insights into Lincoln's early days as a working lawyer.
    Watch Him Work
  • Debates in Great Rivers Country

    Lincoln & The Civil War

    In Great Rivers Country, Quincy is a historical gem that is full of Lincoln history—including the site of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.
    Listen to History
  • Springfield and Beyond

    Discover Lincoln on Route 66

    Sites along historic Route 66—including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum—have plenty history of their own.
    Hit the Open Road