The 16th American president remains one of the country’s most beloved. It’s no surprise his Springfield, Illinois, home continues to see a constant stream of visitors—ever since it opened to the public in 1887. Constructed in 1839 and beautifully restored to its 1860 appearance, the 12-room, Greek Revival house was Abraham and Mary Lincoln’s home for 17 years.
Per Lincoln’s family’s orders, the 25-minute ranger-led home tour will always cost exactly zero pennies. That said, hundreds of thousands of people visit annually and tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Get there early and secure your ticket at the Visitor Center Information Desk.
Does traveling to Springfield for a quick tour of Lincoln’s home seem a bit…light? Don’t worry—there’s plenty to do in the neighborhood. Creatively dubbed the Lincoln Neighborhood, 12 homes in the surrounding blocks have been restored to their original splendor. A few are even accessible by tour.
Since you’re in the area:
Continue celebrating America with two of the most iconic foods in the country. Enjoy a corn dog at the Cozy Dog Drive In. Established on historic Route 66 in 1949, you really can’t beat their hot dogs on a stick. More of a burger person? Krekel’s Custard has you covered. Also open since 1949, a cooked-to-order Krekel Burger with fries and a chocolate shake hits the spot. You’ll find seven locations throughout central Illinois, but their Springfield location resides at 2121 N. Grand Ave. E.