My parents and my husband's family live about 250 miles apart. One way to drive between the two goes right through Springfield, IL. I grew up reading a bunch about our 16th president; the Springfield area is the place to visit for such interests. A museum has been built in recent years, but we are always in a hurry to get from one grandparent to the other. We have never stoppped. Since my kids were staying with the Peoria family for a week--I used this opportunity to drive down to this much-touted museum: http://www.alplm.com/education/home.html .