Tour Itineraries


  • One interesting city. Hundreds of paths to adventure.
  • The road to fun and adventure in Springfield only begins with Lincoln. Whether your schedule allows an hour, a day or a week, your SCVB can help you create tour itineraries that appeal to the interests of your group. Our professional staff would be happy to assist and advise you on every aspect of tour arrangements, logistics and scheduling. Consider the following sample tour options as a starting point. For more ideas, get in touch with the SCVB. In Springfield, there’s always something to see and explore. From Lincoln to ’66 and everything in between, our staff will assist you in planning touring options sure to please your attendees.

  • Mr. Lincoln’s Springfield
  • Follow the footsteps of Lincoln from his days as a young shopkeeper, through the foundations of his greatness to his acceptance of our nation’s presidency.
    • Lincoln’s New Salem
    • Lincoln Home & Neighborhood
    • Lincoln-Herndon Law Office - Closed for renovations July 2014 - September 2015
    • Lincoln Tomb
    • Old State Capitol

  • Historic Home Open House
  • Fans of historic architecture and home design will enjoy a sampling of Springfield’s fascinating selection of historic homes. A meal or reception can even be arranged in several of these well-preserved residences.
    • Dana-Thomas House: A Frank Lloyd Wright Design
    • Lincoln Home & Neighborhood
    • Edwards Place - Closed for renovations April 28, 2014 - December 31, 2014.
    • Executive Mansion
    • Elijah Iles House

  • Route 66 Cruise-In
  • Get your kicks on America’s Main Street: Route 66! Savor the mid-20th century kitsch as you travel back to a time when bobby socks and rock n’ roll were the main issues of the day.
    • Cozy Dog Drive In
    • Route 66 Twin Drive In Theater

  • Natural "Wanders"
  • Let them stretch their legs, stop to smell the roses or play an Illinois version of "Survival." From climbing the third tallest bell tower in the world to strolling five miles of wooded trails at Washington Park, they’ll find the greener side of Springfield is a breath of fresh air.
    • Washington Park Botanical Garden
    • Lincoln Memorial Garden
    • Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon
    • Henson Robinson Zoo
    • Illinois State Museum
    • Lake Springfield

  • Adrenaline Rush Hour
  • Stoke the demands of fitness fanatics and thrill seekers alike with these heart-pounding options.
    • Knight’s Action Water Park/Caribbean Water Adventure
    • Boating on Lake Springfield
    • Skateland
    • Customized races and tournaments

  • Antiques and Uniques
  • Browse local antique shops or attend a local auction followed by lunch at a quaint tea room.

  • Farms In Focus
  • Springfield is in the heart of one of the nation’s richest agricultural regions. Meet local producers at area farms to learn the inside story of agriculture today. Or, take a gander at some of our quirkier agricultural treasures.

  • Afterlife Afterhours
  • Get the chills with the spookier side of Springfield. Creep through Oak Ridge Cemetery, home of Lincoln’s Tomb, to meet a cadre of costumed "ghosts" of historic residents. Unveil the more ghostly details of Lincoln’s life with a guided tour entitled, Lincoln’s Ghost Life: Legends and Lore. Or, take "Springfield’s Haunted Dead Walk" to locations actually believed to be haunted!

  • Taste of Springfield
  • Tempt their taste buds with a sampling of Springfield’s savory delights.
    Carve into a legendary Horseshoe Sandwich
    Treat their sweet tooth to Pease’s Candies
    Try a progressive party to several top restaurants
    Stir up a cooking demonstration with an area chef
    Cool your jets at a Route 66 diner
    Fire up a barbecue along the shores of Lake Springfield
    Settle back with the classic comfort of Midwestern homestyle cooking
    Linger over a wine and cheese tasting based on Illinois or world-wide varieties

  • Imagination Creations
  • Have a meeting theme you are working with? Looking for something truly original? Talk to the SCVB. Describe the effect or experience you would like to achieve and we can help you fill the bill.