Nicknamed ‘the Prairie State’ it’s famed for its farmland, forests and rolling hills. But there are many other wonderful attributes to this state. For beach lovers, there is a choice of award winning beaches along the stunning Lake Michigan and the city of Chicago has museums, Millennium Park, a host towers to admire and an amazing food scene, including it's famed deep dish pizzas.
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Former home and final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, Springfield is the unassuming capital of Illinois. Many of its modern day cultural attractions revolve around its affinity with its most famous adopted son - the Lincoln Tomb and Memorial Garden are regarded as genuine national treasures throughout the States.
Who is it for?
A textbook introduction to American history for the little ones, who'll also enjoy the parklands.
Spingfield has more than its share of historical landmarks and museums.