PGD to SPI – A trip for the history buffs
Springfield is home to all things President Abraham Lincoln and the infamous Route 66. From presidential museums to Route 66 exhibits, this area boasts fun for the whole family.
President Abraham Lincoln
View the White House as it looked in 1861 and discover the entire life story of our nation’s 16th president at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Encounter history like never before through hi-tech illustrations, interactive displays and holographic theatres.
Catch a glimpse of Lincoln’s life as a family man and his rise as a successful lawyer and politician as you tour the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. As you walk through each room, you’ll be transported back to an era of change and progress.
Stroll through the streets of New Salem State Historic Site, the village where Abraham Lincoln lived as a young man. See where he split rails, worked as a store clerk and served as a postmaster, which influenced him to become a great leader. Experience history come to life through costumed characters of people who lived here nearly two centuries ago.
The Illinois State Fair Route 66 Experience is an educational exhibit highlighting businesses along Route 66. Explore vintage billboards, a drive-in movie theatre, Legends Neon Sign Park and the Tribute to Muffler Men art display. Next, make your way over to Main Street and Slide Down 66 on the iconic 40 foot giant slide!
Stop by The Curve Inn to enjoy happy hours, live music, karaoke, darts and live gaming. This Route 66 staple has been nominated for the best overall bar several years in a row. They host everything from local to national acts on their beer garden stage. Visit the Route 66 Motorheads Museum and Ace Sign Co. Sign Museum to view iconic Route 66 memorabilia.
Whether you’re a history buff, road trip enthusiast or simply looking for an unforgettable adventure, Springfield has it all! Don’t miss out on this unique journey through the heart of American history.