Drivers have been getting their kicks along this iconic highway that travels all the way from Illinois to Los Angeles for decades. Plunging west for over 2,000 miles, it's America's longest road and has come to symbolise all the freedom and possibilities of the great American dream. Along the way you'll discover classic diners, drive-in movie theatres and quirky roadside attractions.
To give it its full name, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield tells the gripping story of one of America's greatest presidents, and has the biggest collection of Lincoln-related objects anywhere. Nearby you can tour the period-furnished home Abe shared with his wife Mary Todd, before visiting his tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Chicago is the place to head for sports fans. The locals are sports mad and Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs since 1916, is well worth a tour even if you don't catch a ball game. Other teams well worth watching if you can bag a ticket are the Chicago Bulls (basketball), the Blackhawks (ice hockey) and the White Sox (baseball).
Nestled in the Mississippi River Valley, Galena is a small town that oozes historic charm. Many of its preserved 19th-century buildings now house shops, restaurants and cosy inns, although you can tour others - including the home of Civil War hero and subsequent President Ulysses S Grant. There's also kayaking on the river, good golf, and skiing in the winter.
Singin' The Blues
The blues may have started out in Chicago, but its intoxicating sound has since spread all over the state. You'll find clubs with live blues pretty much everywhere you go on your Illinois holiday, as well as full-on festivals in places like Peoria, Bloomington and Byron.