Illinois

The Central Plains state of Illinois is called the Land of Lincoln, though Barack Obama and Ulysses S. Grant were also residents when elected. Ronald Reagan is actually the state’s sole homegrown president.

In the state capital, Springfield, visitors can explore a vast collection of Lincoln artifacts, from the dramatic to the mundane, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. A multimedia presentation brings the history of the Civil War era to life.

Nearby, Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site gives yet another glance into daily life at the time of Lincoln. Period-costumed guides welcome guests to the 23 reconstructed or original log cabins and shops in the village, all…

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