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Springfield is the capital of the state of Illinois, located in Sangamon County in the center of the state. The estimated population is 116,482 residents. Springfield was first settled in the late 1810s and historical landmarks abound in the area. Although not born here, Abraham Lincoln is one of the citys most prominent former residents. He moved to the area around 1831 and lived in Springfield from 1837 until 1861. The Lincoln Home National Historic Site has been restored to its original 1860 appearance with a variety of exhibits throughout the grounds and home. A few of the other historical sites in Springfield include the Old State Capitol, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices and the Edwards Place, which is the oldest home in Springfield, on its original foundation. In addition, the Dana-Thomas House in Springfield (circa 1902) is among the best preserved of Frank Lloyd Wrights early Prairie" houses. The city of Springfield has always been associated with good food. The "corn dog on a stick" was invented in the city under the name "Cozy Dog," and the "horseshoe sandwich" also originated here (although its not widely known outside of the city.) Springfield is well known for its chili and the alleged first ever U.S. drive-thru window was at the Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop, still in operation today. Springfield is also home to dozens of parks and nature centers and is the site of many special events, including the Illinois State Fair each August.

Surrounding areas: Decatur, Illinois (38.0 mi)

Springfield Vacation Rentals

Springfield Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Baymont Inn & Suites5871 S Sixth StSpringfield, IL (217) 529-6655
Best Inns500 N 1ST StSpringfield, IL (217) 522-1100
Best Rest Inn700 N Dirksen PkwySpringfield, IL (217) 522-7961
Best Western Clearlake Plaza3440 Clearlake AveSpringfield, IL (217) 525-7420
Best Western Springfield East3090 Stevenson DrSpringfield, IL (217) 529-6611
Comfort Inn3442 Freedom DrSpringfield, IL (217) 787-2250
Comfort Suites2620 Dirksen PkwySpringfield, IL (217) 753-4000
Courtyard By Marriott Springfield3462 Freedom DrSpringfield, IL (217) 793-5300
Crowne Plza Hotel3000 S Dirksen PkwySpringfield, IL (217) 529-7777
Days Inn Springfield3000 Stevenson DrSpringfield, IL (217) 529-0171
Drury Inn Springfield3180 S Dirksen PkwySpringfield, IL (217) 529-3900
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Springfield3446 Freedom DrSpringfield, IL (217) 793-9277
Hampton Inn & Suites - Springfield SW2300 Chuckwagon DrSpringfield, IL (800) 426-7866
Hampton Inn Springfield3185 S Dirksen PkwySpringfield, IL (217) 529-1100
Hilton Garden Inn Springfield3100 S Dirksen PkwySpringfield, IL (217) 529-7171
Hilton Hotel Springfield700 E Adams StSpringfield, IL (217) 789-1530
Holiday Inn Express3050 S Dirkson PkwySpringfield, IL (217) 529-7771
Howard Johnson Inn & Suites1701 J David Jones PkwySpringfield, IL (217) 541-8762
Mansion View Inn & Suites529 S 4TH StSpringfield, IL (217) 544-7411
Microtel Inn & Suites2636 Sunrise DrSpringfield, IL (217) 753-2636
Motel 6 Springfield3125 Wide Track DrSpringfield, IL (217) 789-1063
Motel 66010 S 6TH St RdSpringfield, IL (217) 529-1633
Northfield Inn Suites & Convention CTR3280 Northfield DrSpringfield, IL (217) 523-7900
Pear Tree Inn Springfield3190 S Dirksen PkwySpringfield, IL (217) 529-9100
Quality Inn & Suites State House101 E AdamsSpringfield, IL (217) 528-5100
Ramada Limited Springfield5970 S 6TH StSpringfield, IL (217) 529-1410
Ramada Limited3281 Northfield DrSpringfield, IL (217) 523-4000
Red Roof Inn3200 Singer AveSpringfield, IL (217) 753-4302
Renaissance Springfield Hotel701 E Adams StSpringfield, IL (217) 544-8800
Rt 66 Hotel & Conference Center625 E Saint Joseph StSpringfield, IL (217) 529-6626
Shady Rest Motel1518 N 30TH StSpringfield, IL (217) 544-5485
Silver Fountain Inn2917 Peoria RdSpringfield, IL (217) 525-9520
Sleep Inn3470 Freedom DrSpringfield, IL (217) 787-6200
Southern View Motel720 E Saint Joseph StSpringfield, IL (217) 529-0600
Stevenson Inn2860 Stevenson DrSpringfield, IL (217) 585-4002
Super 8 Motel Springfield South3675 S 6TH StSpringfield, IL (217) 529-8898
Super 8 Motel Springfield1330 S Dirksen PkwySpringfield, IL (217) 528-8889
Travelodge3751 S Sixth StSpringfield, IL (217) 529-5511
Flagg Stopp InnOld Tipton School RdSherman, IL8.1 mi.(217) 527-1500
Art's Motel & Restaurant101 Main StFarmersville, IL23.3 mi.(217) 227-3277

Springfield Weather & Climate

Central Illinois has a humid, continental climate with four sharply defined seasons. Winter is cold with frequent snowfalls. Frigid Canadian air masses can bring bitterly cold temperatures to the region. Heavy snowfall is common and occasionally blizzards can occur. January is usually the coldest month of the year. Summer, by contrast, is hot and humid, with July being the hottest month of the year. Violent thunderstorms are possible March through June, sometimes producing hail and strong winds. The state of Illinois is also vulnerable to tornadoes. Autumn is generally calm in central Illinois. Many believe it is the best time of year, with mild to warm temperatures, plenty of sunshine and cool nights. Spring comes slowly to central Illinois and weather is variable with a mix of cool to mild temperatures, rain, thunderstorms and sunshine.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 33°F 17°F 1.62 in. -
February 38°F 22°F 1.80 in. -
March 51°F 32°F 3.15 in. -
April 63°F 42°F 3.36 in. -
May 74°F 52°F 4.06 in. -
June 83°F 61°F 3.77 in. -
July 86°F 66°F 3.53 in. -
August 84°F 63°F 3.41 in. -
September 78°F 55°F 2.83 in. -
October 66°F 44°F 2.62 in. -
November 50°F 33°F 2.87 in. -
December 38°F 22°F 2.54 in. -

Springfield Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Decatur airport (DEC) located about 41 miles east of Springfield in Decatur, Illinois, the Greater Peoria Regional airport (PIA) located approximately 61 miles north of Springfield in Peoria, Illinois, the Central Illinois Regional airport (BMI) located roughly 61 miles northeast of Springfield in Bloomington Normal, Illinois, the St Louis Regional airport (ALN) located around 65 miles southwest of Springfield in Alton, Illinois, and finally the Univ Of Illinois Willard airport (CMI) located about 74 miles east of Springfield in Champaign / Urbana, Illinois.

Springfield Attractions

Water Parks
Caribbean Water AdventureSpringfieldIL 
Fairview Family Aquatic CenterNormalIL61.4 mi.
Raging Rivers Water ParkGraftonIL70.0 mi.
The LandingMonroe CityMO111.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Bergen Park Golf CourseSpringfieldIL 
Brookhills Golf ClubSpringfieldIL 
Bunn Golf CourseSpringfieldIL 
Lincoln Greens Golf CourseSpringfieldIL 
Long Bridge Golf CourseSpringfieldIL 
Oaks Golf CourseSpringfieldIL 
Pasfield Park Golf CourseSpringfieldIL 
Piper Glen Golf ClubSpringfieldIL 
Rail Golf ClubSpringfieldIL 
Arlington Lakes Golf ClubArlington HeightsIL3.1 mi.
Nickol Knoll Golf ClubArlington HeightsIL3.1 mi.
Edgewood Golf ClubAuburnIL14.1 mi.
Shambolee Golf ClubPetersburgIL18.4 mi.
Country Hills Golf CourseGreenviewIL21.2 mi.
Oakleaf Country ClubGirardIL24.6 mi.
Lake Shore Golf CourseTaylorvilleIL25.1 mi.
Four WillowsMason CityIL29.1 mi.
Lincoln Elks Golf ClubLincolnIL29.1 mi.
State Parks
Sangchris Lake State ParkIL12.9 mi. 
Lincolns New Salem State ParkIL16.7 mi. 
Railsplitter State ParkIL26.5 mi. 
Lincoln Trail Homestead State ParkIL29.0 mi. 
Illinois State MuseumSpringfieldIL(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
Henson Robinson ZooSpringfieldIL 
Miller Park ZooBloomingtonIL59.6 mi.
Glen Oak ZooPeoriaIL63.2 mi.
St. Louis Zoological ParkSt. LouisMO85.0 mi.

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