Springfield, Illinois: Lincoln Country
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Covering a city block, its interactive, eerily realistic exhibits bring to life important phases of the 16th president's life and apply 21st-century technology to his times.
Plan to spend three to four hours to see it all, including theatrical presentations made with holograms and blasting cannon fire.
Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices This downtown brick building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Lincoln practiced here from 1843 to 1852; visitors learn about the beginnings of his successful law career and about the courtrooms where he tried cases.
Old State Capitol Across the plaza from the Lincoln-Herndon law offices, you can take a 30-minute guided tour of the building where Lincoln served in the Illinois Legislature, gave his famous "House Divided" speech in 1858 and where his body lay in state following his assassination in 1865.
Pictured: Lincoln's likeness appears in a mirror at the Old State Capitol.