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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. In front of the tomb is a bronze bust of Lincoln. The glea…
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…
Microbrewery in Springfield

Obed & Isaac's

Set in a rambling, 150-year-old mansion by Abe Lincoln's home, Obed & Isaac's offers a maze of sunny rooms to drink its wildly changing menu of ales and stouts brewed on-site. Flights let you sample freely, whil…
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. There's also a full menu of Irish dishes, including fried …
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.
Historic Site in Springfield

Old State Capitol

Chatterbox docents will take you through the building and regale you with Lincoln stories, such as how he gave his famous 'House Divided' speech here in 1858.
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.