Abe Lincoln’s Springfield

  • Date

    April 16-18, 2021 | Fri / Sun – 3 Days

  • Location

    Springfield

Note: This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking is required.

Overview

Discover the city where Abraham Lincoln lived his pivotal adult years—where he worked as a lawyer, wrote his famous “House Divided” speech, raised four sons with wife Mary Todd and rests after his tragic assassination in 1865. Springfield has carefully preserved its Lincoln treasures to share the history of this great man in Illinois.

A certain highlight of the trip will be The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum. Dedicated to the life and legacy of our 16th president, the museum brings together the world’s largest collection of documentary material related to the life of Lincoln. Visit the Edwards Place Historic Home and learn about the life of Mary Todd, and her sister Elizabeth who married Benjamin Edwards. This beautiful home holds many stories of the courtship days of Abe and Mary.

Tour the Dana-Thomas House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902. The best preserved and most complete of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early “Prairie” houses, the home, the 72nd building designed by Wright, contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture and is a brilliant showcase of craftsmanship.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site
  • Lincoln-Herndon Law Office
  • Lincoln Tomb
  • Old State Capitol
  • Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana-Thomas House
  • Edwards Place Historic Home

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • Escorted
  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Hotel baggage handling

Fri, Apr 16: Depart Indianapolis by deluxe motorcoach and travel to Springfield, Illinois. Lunch is on your own at the Cozy Dog Drive In, a local diner located on historic Route 66 and famous for over 50 years for their batter-dipped hotdogs on a stick. Transfer to the Lincoln Tomb for a short visit then head to the Old State Capitol for a tour of this landmark historic building, which housed two fine libraries where Lincoln and his law partners did research, as well as the Illinois Supreme Court where they pled numerous cases. The statehouse was used from 1839 to 1876. Afterwards, visit the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site, the only surviving structure in which Lincoln and his various partners ran their law practice from 1843 to about 1852. Next visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the home of the Lincoln family from 1844 to 1861. This was the only home that Lincoln ever owned. Check into the State House Inn before heading to a group dinner. (Meal: Dinner)

Sat, Apr 17: Start the day with a tour of the Dana-Thomas House, a Frank Lloyd Wright design believed to contain the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture—one of the most intact Wright architectural interiors in the United States and a brilliant showcase of craftsmanship. Explore The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, where priceless historical artifacts combined with immersive exhibits create an engaging, emotional and educational experience. See one of five existing copies of The Gettysburg Address in Lincoln’s own hand, and a spectacular production that combines live actors and Holavision technology for an exciting journey of discovery into the heart of the Presidential library’s archives. This afternoon, you’ll have a delightful experience at the Edwards Place Historic Home where you’ll hear the stories of Mary Todd and her sister, Elizabeth who married Benjamin Edwards, not to mention some insight into the courting days of Mary and Abe. Enjoy High Tea Victorian style. (B)

Sun, Apr 18: Check out of the hotel and head out to the Historic Brick Road along Route 66 for an excellent photo stop. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this beautiful 1.4 mile long piece of restored hand-laid brick road is a segment of 66 done in 1931 and placed over a concrete roadbed. Continue with a nostalgic encounter at Route 66 Motor Museum & Motorhead Bar & Grill.  This unique atmosphere brings together a walk through the past, a variety of motor vehicle memorabilia and a great place for lunch. Afterward, wander through the Illinois State Military Museum before returning to Indianapolis. (B,L)



The State House Inn, Springfield.

Conveniently located across from the Illinois State Capitol complex and near The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, this hotel is now a registered historic building. Highlights: in-room coffeemaker • complimentary in-room high-speed Internet • cocktail & piano lounges • fitness center • convenience store & gift shop.

Pricing

  • Complete Package*
  • Double (2 people sharing a room) – $699 per person
  • Triple (3 people sharing a room) – $659 per person
  • Single – $819

* Prices subject to change due to fuel surcharge.

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