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#1 of 31 in Springfield
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: History Museums; Libraries
Owner description: In a stunning combination of scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum immerses you in... more » Owner description: In a stunning combination of scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum immerses you in Lincoln's world and time. Journey from a rustic Indiana cabin to the Executive Mansion in the nation's capitol; follow the fate of America's 16th president and share the joys and sorrows of a family - and a nation. « less
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#2 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Historic Sites

Reopened on April 23, 2009, now open 9-4 Wednesdays through Sundays. The Dana-Thomas House (DTH) was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 for Susan Lawrence Dana, a... more »

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#3 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Historic Sites; National Parks; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; History Museums
Owner description: The only house Abraham Lincoln ever owned is the centerpiece of this four-block historic neighborhood. Lincoln and his... more » Owner description: The only house Abraham Lincoln ever owned is the centerpiece of this four-block historic neighborhood. Lincoln and his family lived in the two-story house from 1844 until 1861, when their address changed to the White House. « less
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#5 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Historic Sites; Government Buildings
Owner description: Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek Revival masterpiece saw Lincoln serve as a lawyer and... more » Owner description: Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek Revival masterpiece saw Lincoln serve as a lawyer and legislator. In 1858, Lincoln delivered his landmark "House Divided" speech in the Capitol's Representatives Hall. « less
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#6 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Museums
Owner description: The Illinois State Museum is not just a learning experience - it's an adventure. Travel through time, from the beginning of... more » Owner description: The Illinois State Museum is not just a learning experience - it's an adventure. Travel through time, from the beginning of life on Earth to an era when mastodonts roamed the landscape to the days of the first European settlers. See the largest bear that ever lived, a dragonfly with a two-foot wingspan, and the skeleton of the largest American Mastodont ever found. Discover Illinois' diverse cultural heritage, see thousands of fossils and American Indian artifacts, and experience changing exhibitions showcasing historic and contemporary Illinois art. Dig for fossils, load a jeep, crawl through a cave, and play in the Play Museum, designed for children ages 3 - 10. Shop in the one-of-a kind Museum Store for educational toys, Illinois souvenirs and jewelry, glass, ceramics, and more handcrafted by Illinois' finest artisans. FREE ADMISSION.Hours: Mon. - Sat. 8:30 am - 5 pm Sun. Noon - 5 pm Play Museum Mon. - Sat. 9:30 am - 4 pm Sun. 1:00 - 5:00 pm.Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. « less
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#7 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Government Buildings

The current Illinois State Capitol building was completed in 1889 and has an architectural style based in the French Renaissance. It is shaped like a Latin cross aligned to the... more »

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#8 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Historic Sites
Built in 1840, this building is where Abraham Lincoln maintained working law offices.
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#9 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Gardens; Parks

The Garden was designed by Jens Jensen to honor Abraham Lincoln.  It was established when the city built Lake Springfield. Although some, may come and say, " Where is the... more »

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#10 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Architectural Buildings
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#11 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Gardens
Owner description: Garden consisting of 9,000 square feet of greenhouse area and a conservatory featuring more than 150 species of tropical... more » Owner description: Garden consisting of 9,000 square feet of greenhouse area and a conservatory featuring more than 150 species of tropical plants. « less
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#12 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Military Museums
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#13 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Government Buildings; Historic Sites
Historic Governor's mansion.
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#14 of 31 in Springfield
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#15 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: This wonderful private museum, owned by the Shea family, is loaded with gas station and oil company collectibles and is an... more » Owner description: This wonderful private museum, owned by the Shea family, is loaded with gas station and oil company collectibles and is an internationally renowned, must-see Route 66 landmark. « less
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#16 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Cemeteries
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#17 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Historic Sites
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#18 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Golf Courses
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#19 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Museums
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#20 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Historic Sites
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#21 of 31 in Springfield
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#22 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Historic Sites
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#23 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Historic Sites

The Depot - Where Lincoln bade Farewell It is a small station building, where Abe Lincoln bade farewell to his beloved neighbors and town brethren. The short and spontaneous... more »

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#24 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Convention Centers
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#25 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Zoos
More than 300 animals from Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America call this popular zoo home.
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#26 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Historic Sites
Visitors can tour this historic office building that once housed Abraham Lincoln's legal practice.
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#27 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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#28 of 31 in Springfield
Category: Golf Courses
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Category: Museums
Owner description: Nestled in the heart of the Lincoln tourism district, SAAHM preserves and tells the rich, the conflicting, the tragic, and... more » Owner description: Nestled in the heart of the Lincoln tourism district, SAAHM preserves and tells the rich, the conflicting, the tragic, and the triumphant history of African-Americans in Springfield and the surrounding area. The museum is more than just the race riot that inspired the creation of the NAACP. One question is all you need, what happened under Lincoln's shadow and does this alter his legacy? « less
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