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Farm in Springfield & Central Illinois

Funk's Grove

Funk’s Grove is a pretty, 19th-century maple-sirup farm (yes, that's sirup with an 'i'). It's in Shirley (exit 154 off I-55).
American in Springfield

Cozy Dog Drive In

This Route 66 legend – the reputed birthplace of the corn dog! – has memorabilia and souvenirs in addition to the deeply fried main course on a stick.
Cinema in Springfield

Route 66 Drive In

Screens first-run flicks under the stars.
Museum in Springfield

Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

This museum contains the most complete Lincoln collection in the world. Real-deal artifacts like Abe's shaving mirror and briefcase join whiz-bang exhibits and Disneyesque holograms that keep the kids agog.
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Dana-Thomas House

Lincoln-free attractions include the pristine 1904 Dana-Thomas House, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie-style masterworks, with an insightful tour.
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Trout Lilly Cafe

Arty Trout Lilly serves quiche and muffins for breakfast, soups and sandwiches for lunch, and coffee anytime.
Pub Food in Springfield

D'Arcy's Pint

D'Arcy's piles up Springfield's best 'horseshoe,' a local sandwich of fried meat on toasted bread, mounded with french fries and smothered in melted cheese. It's 4 miles south of downtown.
Historic Site in Petersburg

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

When Abraham Lincoln first arrived in Illinois in 1831, he worked variously as a clerk, storekeeper and postmaster in the frontier village of New Salem before studying law and moving to Springfield. In Petersburg, …
Historic Site in Springfield

Lincoln Home & Visitor Center

Start at the National Park Service visitor center, where you must pick up a ticket to enter Lincoln's 12-room abode, located directly across the street. You can then walk through the house where Abe and Mary Lincoln…
Tomb in Springfield

Lincoln's Tomb

After his assassination, Lincoln's body was returned to Springfield, where it lies in an impressive tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1.5 miles north of downtown. The gleam on the nose of Lincoln's bust, created by visito…