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Central Illinois

Land of Lincoln

History & Roadside Nostalgia

Presidential History & Route 66 in Central Illinois

History comes alive in Central Illinois where you can tip your hat to the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Walk in a great president’s footsteps at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and follow his life’s journey at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and other Lincoln sites in Springfield. Or for a different kind of nostalgia, buckle up and take a drive down the historic Route 66, full of roadside attractions and excitement for the whole family.

Discover Abraham Lincoln's Legacy

Explore Historic Sites

The Land of Lincoln is home to the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. Throughout the region you can visit key historical sites from Lincoln's life and learn more about his legacy at museums.

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Central Illinois

History comes alive in Springfield, home to more Lincoln sites than anywhere else in the nation. Explore everything from Abe’s house and law offices to his must-see presidential museum. Don’t miss the Route 66 classic diners and kitschy roadside attractions.


Central Illinois

Home to Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University, Normal buzzes with a younger vibe in its Uptown neighborhood, full of record stores and beloved pizza places. Check it out during the summer for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.


Central Illinois

Eclectic restaurants and wine bars cater to your most refined tastes, with several making their homes in stunning art and science museums. Check out the booming farm-to-table scene or enjoy handcrafted brews in local pubs near the University of Illinois. Pay a visit to the ornate 1,517-acre Robert Allerton Park, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and one of the American Institute of Architects' 150 Great Places in Illinois.


Central Illinois

Discover everything from alligators to camels at Decatur’s Scovill Zoo. Visit a hands-on children’s museum. Go fishing on beautiful Lake Decatur and take a historic walking tour for a lighthearted look at Decatur’s colorful past.

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