The GEICO Motorcycle Hot Bike Tour 2014 will thunder into downtown Springfield IL on August 18 as the Third stop of the 5 day, 1,000 mile journey. Springfield , the home Abraham Lincoln and the capital of Illinois, is chock full of historic sites, great local dining and interesting boutique shopping.
If you are planning in participating in this years GEICO Motorcycle Hot Bike Tour, here’s some fun facts about Springfield IL:
-Springfield is home to 14 different Lincoln Sites including the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Old State Capitol and Lincoln Herndon Law Office and Lincoln’s Tomb. In nearby Petersburg, you can stroll through the reconstructed pioneer village of New Salem.
-The city is a stop along historic Route 66 and is home to the Cozy Dog Drive In, the original hot-dog-on-a-stick. The quirky restaurant is filled with ’66 memorabilia and souvenirs.
-Springfield is centrally located at the crossroads of Interstates 55 and 72.
-There are 213 restaurants, 9 golf courses and 35 parks in Springfield.
-Family fun abounds at Knights Action Park, with a waterpark, drive-in movie theatre, driving range, batting cages, mini golf and more.
-Attendees can take a spooky “Lincoln’s Ghost Walk”, offered every evening during the summer months and departing from the Old State Capitol Plaza.
-Those with a taste for something spicy can try the Firebrand Chili Challenge at Joe Rogers’ “The Den” Chili Parlor, just like Adam Richman on the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food.”
-Another local dining favorite is the famous Springfield “Horseshoe” sandwich, which is bread topped with a hamburger, covered in fries and then drenched in cheese sauce. Many local restaurants offer their own version.
-Springfield has war memorials located at Oak Ridge Cemetery honoring veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
-Other sites of interest include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House, the most-complete example of Wright’s Prairie Style in existence, the Illinois State Museum, the Illinois State Capitol, the Illinois State Military Museum and the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum.
Lots of unique bars and nightclubs are located just a short walk from the The GEICO Motorcycle Hot Bike Tour event area.
Go to www.hotbikeweb.com/tour for more info on The GEICO Motorcycle Hot Bike Tour 2014.
Hope to see you riding alongside us!!