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The city of Leavenworth, Wash., takes pride in being a Bavarian village tucked away in the Cascade Mountains. The holiday programming in town does not disappoint, particularly the 500,000 Christmas lights that make up Leavenworth’s “Village of Lights.” During the town’s Christmas Lighting Festival, Leavenworth celebrates with live music and visits from Santa, and perhaps here you’ll cross paths with your future spouse, who happens to be in attendance, gazing longingly at you while you’re distracted by the extraordinarily festive display.
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Historic Places in Illinois
Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, Illinois413 S. 8th Street
Not open to the public.
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: (217) 492-4241
Description: The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area is a National Heritage Area in central Illinois telling the story of Abraham Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library212 N. Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: (217) 558-8844
Description: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is the premier repository for materials relating to the history of the Prairie State. The Illinois State Historical Library was created in 1889 by the Illinois General Assembly, which charged the new library with collecting and preserving "books, pamphlets, manuscripts, monographs, writings, and other materials of historical interest and useful to the historian, bearing upon the political, religious, or social history of the State of Illinois from the earliest known period of time."
Chicago Portage National Historic Site, Illinois4800 S. Harlem Ave
Lyons, IL 60534
Description: The site, which was designated January 3, 1952 as an "affiliated area" of the National Park Service, is owned and administered by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Visitor access is via Harlem Avenue, just north of Interstate 55. The site contains the parking area, a memorial statue, interpretive signs, and trails. Activities here are hiking and canoeing, and the Friends of the Chicago Portage sponsors guided walks.
Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, IllinoisIllinois Avenue west of Canal Port Plaza
Morris, IL 60450
Description: Morris is a quintessential rural Midwestern town filled with unique, small shops – some old and some new – most in historic buildings, sitting right along the I&M Canal, just a stone’s throw from the Illinois River and many recreational activities:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois413 S. 8th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Description: Abraham Lincoln believed in the ideal that everyone in America should have the opportunity to improve his/her economic and social condition. Lincoln’s life was the embodiment of that idea.
Pullman National Monument, Illinois11141 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, MO 65738
Phone: (773) 468-9310
Description: In a growing Chicago neighborhood, diverse people and stories intertwine. All were seeking opportunity. Some succeeded. Others were limited—by race, gender, or economic status. Their stories came together in Pullman, a planned community famed for its urban design and architecture.
Apple River Fort Elizabeth 815/858-2028.
Bishop Hill Bishop Hill 309/927-3345.
Black Hawk Rock Island 309/788-0177
Bryant Cottage Bement 217/678-8184
Cahokia Courthouse Cahokia 618/332-1782
Cahokia Mounds Collinsville 618/346-5160
Carl Sandburg, Galesburg. October-April, Sa, 10-4 pm (closed Nov. 28 and Dec. 12, 2009); May-October, Th-Su, 9 - 5 pm. 309/342-2361.
Dana-Thomas House, Springfield. Currently, We-Su, 9 - 4 pm. 217/782-6776.
David Davis Mansion, Bloomington. Year-round, We-Su, 9 - 5 pm. 309/828-1084. (last tour at 4 pm)
Douglas Tomb, Chicago. Year-round, We-Su, 9 - 5 pm. 312/225-2620.
Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher. Year-round, We-Su, 9 - 5 pm. 618/284-7230.
Fort Kaskaskia, Ellis Grove. Year-round, Mo-Su, 8 - 4 pm. 618/859-3741.
Galena Historic Sites: U.S. Grant Home - March-October, We-Su, 9 - 5 pm; November-February, We-Su, 9 - 4 pm. Washburne House, May-October, Fr, 10 - 4 pm. Old Market House, Year-round, 9 - 5 pm. 815/777-3310.
Jubilee College, Brimfield. March-October, We-Su, 9 - 5 pm; November-February, We-Su, 9 - 4 pm. 309/243-9489.
Lewis and Clark, Hartford. Post Labor Day-April, We-Su, 9 - 5 pm; May-Labor Day, Mo-Su, 9 - 5 pm. 618/251-5811.
Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Springfield. Post Labor Day-April, Tu-Sa, 9 - 5 pm; May-Labor Day, Mo-Su, 9 - 5 pm. 217/785-7289.
Lincoln Log Cabin, Lerna. Post Labor Day-October, We-Su, 9 - 5 pm; November-February, We-Su, 9 - 4 pm; March-April, We-Su, 9 - 5 pm; May-Labor Day, Mo-Su, 9 - 5 pm. 217/345-6489.
Lincoln’s New Salem, Petersburg. September 16-October, We-Su, 9 - 5 pm; November-February, We-Su, 8 - 4 pm; March-April 15, We-Su, 9 - 5 pm; April 16-September 15, Mo-Su, 9 - 5 pm. 217/632-4000.
Lincoln Tomb, Springfield. Post Labor Day-November, Tu-Sa, 9 - 5 pm; November-February, Tu-Sa, 9 - 4 pm; February-May, Tu-Sa, 9 - 5 pm; May-Labor Day, Mo-Su, 9-5 pm. 217/782-2717.
Old State Capitol, Springfield. Post Labor Day-May, Tu-Sa, 9 - 5 pm; May 15-Labor Day, Mo-Su, 9 - 5 pm. 217/785-9363.
Pierre Menard, Ellis Grove. Year-round, We-Su, 9 - 5 pm. 618/859-3031.
Pullman, Chicago. May-October 11, 11 - 3 pm, Mo-Su; October 12-April, by appointment. 773/660-2341.
Vachel Lindsay Home, Springfield. Year-round, Tu-Sa, 10 - 4 pm. 217/524-0901.
Vandalia Statehouse, Vandalia. Post Labor Day-April, Tu-Sa, 9 - 4 pm; May-Labor Day, Mo-Su, 9 - 5 pm. 618/283-1161.
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