Springfield, Illinois: Lincoln Country
More to do in Springfield
Washington Park Botanical Garden The domed conservatory (left), home to exotic plants, sits amid a variety of outdoor gardens, including a 5,000-plant rose garden, iris garden, perennial border, Betty Mood Smith Rockery, monocot garden, peony collection, shade garden and Roman Cultural and Learn-to-Grow children's garden.
Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon One of the world's largest carillons, the tower has 67 cast-bronze bells. Tours are available in the summer, and concerts take place on Sunday afternoons throughout the year (and on Wednesday evenings in the summer). The International Carillon Festival is held at the beginning of the summer.
Illinois State Capitol Built over a 20-year period starting in 1868, the domed capitol is the home of the Illinois Legislature and many state offices. Visitors can tour the historic building and, if the Legislature is in session, watch politics in action from balcony-level seats.