11 Things to Do in Springfield, Illinois

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As the state’s sixth-largest city by population, Springfield holds its own when it comes to history. The life and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln come to life here, and the city is located along the famous Route 66, which will celebrate its bicentennial in 2026. Even when the weather outside is frightful, a trip to Springfield is delightful, with attractions, museums, restaurants and more waiting to be explored.

“What’s really great about Springfield is the hospitality,” says Amy Beadle, sales and marketing manager at Visit Springfield. “Not every city can say that they really have an open-arm welcome when you come here.”

Another great attribute: the convenience of getting here. It’s quite easy to reach Springfield by car, as it’s located at the crossroads of interstates 55 and 72. It’s affordable, too: “People are pretty blown away by the food, drink and hotel prices,” Beadle says.

Ready to plan your trip? Here are 11 can’t-miss spots to add to your itinerary for the perfect winter getaway to Springfield.

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Cozy Dog Drive In

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Located along Route 66, this quaint spot is home to the original hot dog on a stick – aka a corn dog (or cozy dog, as it’s called here). The drive-in is also known for its fries, burgers and homemade doughnuts. “It just brings a smile to your face when you go in,” Beadle says.

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