Flights to Springfield
Springfield is a popular destination with tourists who have an interest in American history. It’s the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln and there are several monuments and historic sites that document his life and achievements as president. Springfield is also the capital of Illinois, and located in the central region of the state.
Flights to Springfield are served by the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (airport code: SPI). The airport is only 5km northwest of the city, but despite being close there is no public bus service. Courtesy shuttles and taxis are plentiful though. Travellers flying to Springfield from Johannesburg will only find routes with 2 connections, as there is nothing more direct. Flights to Springfield on British Midland, Virgin Atlantic or South African Airways will all transfer first in London, and then in Chicago. Another option is with Delta Airlines who stops in Atlanta and Chicago.
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The Tourist Attractions in Springfield:
The Life and History of Abraham Lincoln
With the connection between Springfield and Abraham Lincoln, many of Springfield’s attractions are based around this former US president.
Lincoln’s home on South Seventh Street has been restored to look just like it did in 1860, along with the surrounding buildings for 4 blocks. There are other exhibits through the buildings, and admission is free. Another site where you can take a look at life in Lincoln’s time is at the New Salem State Park, where a reconstructed village of log cabins provides a view of how he lived as a child. There are people in period costumes and theatre presentations 7 days a week.
The next stage in Lincoln’s life was his time as a lawyer at the Lincoln-Herndon law office. The office building has also been restored, and there are historic exhibits on the first floor of the building. Guided tours are available, and the building is located at Sixth and Adams Streets.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to Lincoln’s term as the 16th president of the United States. Many unique items are on display at the museum, and it’s a must-visit for anyone who enjoys early American history. There are personal items of Lincoln’s as well as a huge library of more presidential material.
And to commemorate his death, Lincoln’s tomb is also open to the public. The monument marks the resting place of Lincoln himself as well as his immediate family, and is located in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery. Lincoln’s tomb is the second most visited cemetery in America (the first is Arlington National Cemetery).
Old State Capital
Another historic site in Springfield, though not as directly associated with Lincoln as the others, is the Old State Capital building. Guided tours are available of the building where Lincoln served his final term in the Illinois House of Representatives. It was also here that he gave his “House Divided” speech in 1858. A more modern presidential event took place here in 2007, when Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy in front of the Old State Capital building.
When Should You Visit?:
Springfield has very warm summers, and somewhat mild winters. The coldest temperatures are in January, where they can reach lows of 17C (-8F). During the summer months, it is hottest between June and August. Temperatures can reach 30C (86F), and it is often humid. Rain is heaviest in May and June, and Springfield can get around 10cm of rain in those months. Tornadoes are not uncommon, and can occur in the late spring to summer.