The capital of Illinois, Springfield, is perhaps most famous for its association with Abraham Lincoln, who lived here from 1844 until his presidency. Though there aren’t many quintessential log cabins in town these days, Springfield is still a green city, with a thriving park system that helps it live up to its nickname, Flower City. As the government seat for the entire state, Springfield is also a hub of arts, history, and food.
Springfield is a great city to get around in by bicycle. In addition to the bike lanes found running alongside city streets, cyclists can also make use of a number of bike trails that take them across the city through parks and along waterways. The bus lines in the city are also well-used, with SMTD busses (sometimes called Springfield Mass Transit District busses, sometimes Safely Moving Toward Destinations busses) whisking passengers throughout the area. Of course, if you prefer to get around by car, Springfield is also the beginning of one of the most famous highways in the country, Route 66.