By Brandy Simpson
Springfield
Illinois
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The third and current state capital, the city of Springfield is a must-see when visiting Illinois.  With a population of just over 100,000 residents, Springfield offers the cosmopolitan city life of Chicago without the crowd.  A great city with an illustrious historical heritage, there is no shortage of historical sites and parks for tourists to visit.  With Abraham Lincoln being a famous past resident, a trip to Springfield will prove to be both educational and fun! 

In order to reach Springfield, you can fly into Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and then take a smaller flight into Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI).  Please allow Escapewizard.com to help you book your trip today to Springfield, Illinois by visiting the following link: (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). 

Springfield, Illinois is home to a wide array of neat hotels, including some located close to the aforementioned historic sites downtown.  Escapewizard.com can help you book your room for your visit with the subsequent link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Although not his birthplace, Springfield, Illinois is considered the home of former President Abraham Lincoln.  Residing in Springfield for 24 years, there are a number of fabulous historical sites centered on Abraham Lincoln's life in the city.  Escapewizard.com suggests that you start your trip with a visit to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.  Located in Springfield's terrific downtown historic district, this beautiful two-story house is the only home that Lincoln ever owned and is free to the public. 

From there, Escapewizard.com recommends stopping by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for an educational tour that documents the life of President Lincoln and the American Civil War.  This magnificent museum houses rare items such as the presidential box from Ford's Theater, the original Gettysburg Address, and Mary Todd Lincoln's wedding dress.  Finally, visit the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site at the Oak Ridge Cemetery to see Lincoln's final resting place. 

Aside from its splendid historical sites, Springfield offers a vast amount of other entertainment options.  For travelers with children, the Knight's Action Park and Caribbean Water Adventure is the place to be!  The park is a fun-filled sixty acres of mini golf, water slides, pools, and go karts.  Take a relaxing trolley ride with Springfield Trolley Tours.  If nature is more of your thing, take a one mile stroll through the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary.  For the avid sports fan, catch a Springfield Junior Blues hockey game or a Springfield Sliders baseball game. 

Additionally, Springfield is a town with a rich literary and performing arts history.  Escapewizard.com suggests that you take in a play at the impressive Hoogland Center for the Arts or at the Springfield Municipal Opera's lakeside theater.  Many famous poets and novelists called Springfield home, so you can check out the old haunts of Edgar Lee Masters, William H. Herndon, Robert Fitzgerald, Paul Angle, and many more!  You won't want to miss out on the Vachel Lindsay House where the poet spent a majority of his time. 

Escapewizard.com urges you to visit one of Springfield's 30 beautiful parks.  The pristine Carpenter Park, located on the Sangamon River, is an Illinois Nature Preserve where you can have a picnic and see the beautiful wildlife that Illinois has to offer.  The gorgeous Washington Park Botanical Garden is perfect for adults and kids alike.  Free to the public, the Garden contains over 1200 plant species, a cactus garden, a rose garden, a duck pond, and much more!

To plan and book your trip to historical and charming Springfield today, visit Escapewizard.com!
Hotels in Springfield
By Sandy O\'Neal
Wyndham Hotel Springfield
700 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL
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Whether your travels in the Springfield, Illinois area are for business or pleasure, you will find that the Wyndham Hotel (formally the Hilton) is an excellent choice. It is located in historic downtown area of Springfield with plenty of things to see and do nearby. And, it’s right across the street from the Prairie Capital Convention Center. If you are traveling to the air by air, the hotel is just 5 miles from the Capital Airport. Check in is at 3:00 p.m., check out is at 11:00 a.m.

The hotel boasts 360 magnificent rooms and suites sprawling 30 floors. From every room you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Amenities may vary depending on your room selection. Typical room amenities include 32” flat screen HDTV, video games, oversized work desk, ergonomic leather desk chair, in-room safe, Cuisinart coffee maker and high speed internet access.  For those desiring an extended say, the hotel has several 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for rent.

During your stay, you can maintain the conditioning routine that you are used to with a visit to the hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness center. Spend some down time relaxing at the indoor heated pool which is located on the concourse level of the hotel.  

The business traveler will find that the hotel business center is well equipped to meet your needs while away from the office.  It is set in a serene and welcoming environment that is sure to please. If you are looking for a place to host a conference or group meeting, look no further. The Springfield Wyndham Hotel has more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space which will accommodate up to 1,200 attendees. The professional staff is available to assist you to assure that your event is perfect in every way.

For your dining pleasure, the Highland Room is located in the lobby area and serves a scrumptious breakfast buffet in a casual atmosphere. Bennigans Bar and Tavern is open for lunch, dinner and of course, happy hour! Enjoy Irish American cuisine in a casual setting. Or perhaps grab a cocktail, beer or glass of wine with friends and enjoy refreshments from the bar menu. For coffee lovers, there’s a Starbucks in the lobby.

Whether your travel to Springfield is for business or pleasure, EscapeWizard.com is sure that you will find the Hilton a delightful experience. To book your next stay at Springfield Wyndham Hotel, just click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Springfield
By Sandy O\'Neal
Hilton Garden Inn Springfield
3100 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL
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Whether your travels in the Springfield, Illinois area are for business or pleasure, you will find that the Hilton is an excellent choice. It is located in historic downtown area of Springfield with plenty of things to see and do nearby. And, it’s right across the street from the Prairie Capital Convention Center. If you are traveling to the air by air, the hotel is just 5 miles from the Capital Airport. Check in is at 3:00 p.m., check out is at 11:00 a.m.

The hotel boasts 360 magnificent rooms and suites sprawling 30 floors. From every room you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Amenities may vary depending on your room selection. Typical room amenities include 32” flat screen HDTV, video games, oversized work desk, ergonomic leather desk chair, in-room safe, Cuisinart coffee maker and high speed internet access.  For those desiring an extended say, the hotel has several 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for rent.

During your stay, you can maintain the conditioning routine that you are used to with a visit to the hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness center. Spend some down time relaxing at the indoor heated pool which is located on the concourse level of the hotel.  

The business traveler will find that the hotel business center is well equipped to meet your needs while away from the office.  It is set in a serene and welcoming environment that is sure to please. If you are looking for a place to host a conference or group meeting, look no further. The Springfield Hilton has more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space which will accommodate up to 1,200 attendees. The professional staff is available to assist you to assure that your event is perfect in every way.

For your dining pleasure, the Highland Room is located in the lobby area and serves a scrumptious breakfast buffet in a casual atmosphere. Bennigans Bar and Tavern is open for lunch, dinner and of course, happy hour! Enjoy Irish American cuisine in a casual setting. Or perhaps grab a cocktail, beer or glass of wine with friends and enjoy refreshments from the bar menu. For coffee lovers, there’s a Starbucks in the lobby.

Whether your travel to Springfield is for business or pleasure, EscapeWizard.com is sure that you will find the Hilton a delightful experience. To book your next stay at Springfield Hilton, just click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Springfield
By Sandy O\'Neal
Crowne Plaza
3000 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL
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When your travels take you to Springfield, Illinois, you will find the luxurious Crowne Plaza a perfect place to stay. The hotel is located just 10 miles from the Capital Airport, and nearby an array of things to do in the historic land of Lincoln.

There are 288 magnificent guest rooms and 14 designer suites to choose from so there’s something for everyone. Room amenities include high speed internet with wireless access, mini refrigerator, in-room movies, and coffee maker.

Keeping up with your fitness routine while away from will be no problem. The hotel health and fitness center is equipped with bikes, treadmills, and junior Cybex machines. After a grueling workout, spend some time relaxing in the sauna or whirlpool, or pamper yourself by scheduling a massage. When you’ve got some down time, or just want to unwind, take a dip in the indoor pool, or soak up some sun on the 14th floor sun deck.

The business traveler will be well equipped to maintain their office routine with the help of the business center. The business center is outfitted with a PC, with access to e-mail and the internet, copier, fax machine, printer, and wireless high speed internet service. 

With over 60,000 square feet of conference space and 19 meeting rooms, the Crowne Plaza is well equipped to host your conference, or group meeting. And if there are wedding bells ringing, look no further than the Crowne Plaza to make that day so special, all you have to do is say “I do.” The professional Crowne Meeting Directors are right on-site and ready to assist you will all the details to make your event perfect in every way.

Dining is available right on-site. You can enjoy elegant fine dining at the Rosewood Dining Room, or enjoy a more casual atmosphere at the Mahogany Bar & Grille. Meet up with friends and unwind with a cocktail at the Lobby Bar.

All in all, the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois is an excellent choice and comes highly recommended by EscapeWizard.com. Booking your next stay is only a click away (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).