Travelogue: Celebrate Presidents Day with trip to Lincoln Museum

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

America the Beautiful

Quick guide to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Why go: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., is the most-visited state-controlled presidential museum in the U.S. – and no wonder. It combines traditional scholarship with modern technology and showmanship, and the Lincoln Group of New York awarded it for "being the greatest achievement in America to encourage the study and appreciation of Abraham Lincoln and the times in which he lived." In about six months, the museum generated about $1 million, and in less than 21 months, it received 1 million visitors.

More about the museum: The museum contains full-immersion "you-are-there" replicas of Lincoln's boyhood home, areas of the White House, the presidential box at Ford's Theater and the settings of key events in Lincoln's life, as well as pictures, artifacts and other memorabilia. Original artifacts are changed from time to time, but the collection usually includes items like the original hand-written Gettysburg Address, a signed Emancipation Proclamation, his glasses and shaving mirror, Mary Todd Lincoln's music box, items from her White House china, her wedding dress and more.

More about the library: The Lincoln Presidential Library is a research library which houses books, papers and artifacts related to Lincoln's life and the American Civil War. In addition to the works associated with Lincoln and his era, the museum serves as a premier repository of books, pamphlets, manuscripts and other materials of historical interest pertaining to the history of Illinois. While the library is open to the public, its rare collection is non-circulating (i.e. you can’t check out the materials).

Getting there: Most major airlines fly into Springfield. The airport is about four miles from the Lincoln Museum (212 North Sixth Street).

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Cost: The library is free. The museum is $7.50 for adults; $5.50 for seniors, military members and students; and $3.50 for children.

More information:

Lincoln Museum: (800) 610-2094,

Springfield tourism:

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Airport Adventures

If you’re flying out of Philadelphia International Airport, be careful looking out the plane window – one family upset with the Federal Aviation Administration’s new flight route has expressed their displeasure with a sign on their roof that says, “F*** U FAA.” According to news reports, the family tried to contact the FAA but couldn’t, so they put up the sign.

Number to Know: 15

Number of children who will win an 11-day trip to Australia through National Geographic’s annual Hands-On Explorer Challenge. To enter, children should write an essay on how they “actively explore their world.” Entries must be postmarked by Feb. 15, and the trip is set for July 16 to 28. For more information, go online to

The List

The annual Mobile Travel Guide recently was released, and 41 lodgings, 17 restaurants and three spas were given five-star ratings. Here are the best lodgings in America, according to

California: Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach (Dana Point), Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles), Chateau du Sureau (Oakhurst), Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, St. Regis Hotel San Francisco, The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

Colorado: The Little Nell (Aspen), The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs)

Connecticut: Mayflower Inn & Spa (Washington)

District of Columbia: Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.

Florida: The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach (Manalapan), The Ritz-Carlton (Naples), Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach

Georgia: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club (St. Simons Island)

Hawaii: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Illinois: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, The Peninsula Chicago, The Ritz-Carlton, A Four Seasons Hotel (Chicago)

Massachusetts: Boston Harbor Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Boston, Blantyre (Lenox)

Nevada: The Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas

New York: Four Seasons Hotel New York, Mandarin Oriental, New York, The Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park, The St. Regis (New York), The Point (Saranac Lake)

North Carolina: The Fearrington House Country Inn (Pittsboro)

South Carolina: The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, Woodlands Resort & Inn (Summerville)

Tennessee: The Hermitage Hotel (Nashville)

Texas: The Mansion on Turtle Creek (Dallas)

Utah: Stein Eriksen Lodge (Park City)

Vermont: Twin Farms (Barnard)

Virginia: The Jefferson Hotel (Richmond), The Inn at Little Washington

Wyoming: Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

Talk Like a Local

How to say hello and goodbye when in the Netherlands:

Hello: Hallo (HAH-low)

Goodbye: Tot ziens (TOT seens)

Good to Know

Border controls between Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and other countries in Europe's Schengen zone have been lifted, allowing easy travel between 24 European Union countries. The U.K., Ireland, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria remain outside Schengen. –-

Fun Facts

- There is a street in Warsaw called Ulica Kubusia Puchatka -- or "Winnie the Pooh Street."

- Among the oddities at the Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium in Orlando, Fla., is a three-quarter-scale model of a 1907 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost automobile -- made of matchsticks.

Travel Tip

Planning to take a cruise? Here are some tips from travelers posted on

- Avoid a cabin by the laundry: I just came back from a cruise and was grateful I didn't have a cabin near the laundry room. On some days of the cruise, people were lined up with their laundry down the hall, talking loudly outside other people's cabins and blocking their doors. Obviously, people should be considerate while waiting for their turn at the washers and dryers, but it was clear to me that one of the worst cabins on the cruise would be near the laundry. Remember to carefully study the map of the ship while selecting your cabin, and avoid those cabins that are near gathering places, like the laundry, stairs and elevators.

- Packing tips: When packing for a cruise, add extra metal coat hangers to your suitcase so that you will be able to hang much of your clothes. Also, purchase a child-size shoe hanger. I found one at the dollar store. You can hang this in the bathroom and put lots of little things in it such as toothpaste, hair brushes, mouthwash, etc. This will give you extra space in the bathroom as well as keeping things covered from the excess water that might come from the shower.

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