Visit Springfield, Illinois to celebrate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and uncover the legend of Route 66. Discover the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and the nation’s largest collection of Lincoln historic sites. Travel Route 66 and visit Springfield Route 66 landmarks, Shea’s Gas Station Museum and Cozy Dog Drive in.

Springfield offers hundreds of exciting events throughout the year. Old Capitol Art Fair in May, International Carillon Festival in June, Illinois State Fair in August, International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Springfield Mile in September and First Night Springfield on New Year’s Eve are some of the major annual events.

From charming, one-of-kind boutiques to national department chains, Springfield offers something for every shopping need. The historic downtown area is brimming with specialty shops, antique stores, bakeries, clothing boutiques, art galleries and more. The city’s West Side is home to White Oaks Mall, (the largest central Illinois indoor shopping facility), national discount shopping centers, home improvement stores, state-of-the-art computer and home entertainment stores, fashion boutiques and more.

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From the gigantic Mall of America – the largest shopping and entertainment centre in the US – to the stores on Chicago’s tree-lined Magnificent Mile, from outlet centres with terrific prices to hip shops with unique clothes, the Great Lakes states are a paradise for shoppers.

Trip Ideas

The Great Lakes region offers a great selection of trip ideas. You can preplan your routes, have a a look at our suggested itineraries, or be spontaneous and free and just jump into the car and venture out to – a winery, a sandy beach, a cosy bed and breakfast, a secluded trail – the choice is yours.


Festival time in the Great Lakes states means decision time for visitors – because there are so many to choose from.


Soaring skyscrapers and roaring motorbikes, the US’s largest shopping and entertainment centre and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the home of Abraham Lincoln, America’s most-famous president, and the music of Motown – they’re just some of the great attractions the Great Lakes states have to offer.


Whether you are planning a golf trip to an isolated gem in the wilderness or just want a quality round while traveling on a business trip then the Great Lakes has them all.


Fancy a wander through some terrific scenery in Illinois? Then, head for the Starved Rock State Park in Utica, which overlooks the Illinois River and has rushing waterfalls, towering trees and awe-inspiring canyons. Two million visitors a year explore its scenic trails and enjoy the panoramic views from tall bluffs.