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Abraham Lincoln’s former political stomping ground, the lakeside city of Decatur is steeped in the richest of histories. Home to small town-style living and city sized amenities, it packs plenty of pleasures. Shop the antiquated downtown district for one-of-a-kind finds, feast your eyes in one of many galleries, take in the latest blockbuster in a vintage venue, or enjoy one of Decatur’s buzzing events. Each year the city hosts the Decatur Celebration street festival, and the Farm Progress Show – the largest of its kind in America.

Things to see

If big brands are your kind of retail therapy, bust out the plastic and make a beeline for the Hickory Point Mall. The light and airy shopping haven is home to all the familiar staples, spanning fashion, cosmetics, electrical, and home ware. Wild life lovers and hikers alike will find their bliss in amongst the 1,300 acres that make up the Rock Springs Conservation Area. Centered on a small nature museum, 6 miles of unspoiled trails meander through lush forests, picturesque prairies and along riverbanks, where you’ll see deer and other native wildlife. Situated within Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center is a buzzing hive of creativity. Comprised of art galleries and performance venues, the center hosts a dazzling program of theater and Broadway spectaculars. Heavily focused on conservation, Scovill Zoo is home to over 90 species hailing from all over the globe. Among its 500 residents you’ll encounter cheetahs, zebras, snakes, and plenty of creepy crawlies.

Hotels in Decatur

The hotels in Decatur come suited to every type of stay, whether you want a simple en-suite sleepover or a family-sized suite complete with living areas and a kitchenette. Much of the city’s accommodation comes in typically large chain name style with lots of amenities. Among them you can expect swimming pools, spa tubs, and gymnasiums, whilst business centers and conference rooms are common conveniences too. Rooms often feature WiFi and satellite televisions, along with microwaves and refrigerators if they don’t come with a full kitchenette. The cheap hotels in Decatur offer very similar amenities, but slightly less plush surroundings.

Where to stay

A hotel in Decatur’s downtown puts you at the city’s historical heart, and just mere moments from the town's statue marking where Abraham Lincoln made his first political speech. The district centers on Merchant Street, a trip back in time with its antiquated brick facades and locally owned businesses. Among them you’ll discover fashion boutiques and quaint specialty stores, along with eateries ranging from wholesome family restaurants to bistros, bakeries, and cafés. For a little entertainment, the Avon and Lincoln Square Theaters offer the best of stage and screen. For everything from horse riding and golf to fishing and sailing, The Decatur Park District’s 2,000 acres and Decatur Lake offer endless recreational opportunities.

How to get to Decatur

At just 5 miles from the city, Decatur Airport is the nearest. Whilst it only serves a handful of scheduled flights, there are services to Lambert-St. Louis International and Chicago O’Hare International - the latter being particularly well connected. With direct flights to major cities throughout America, Canada, Europe, and Asia, connecting flights are easily made should you need them. Decatur is also reachable via the Greyhound bus, which makes a stop in the northeast of the city. For those driving in Decatur is well served by Interstate highways, with Interstate 72 running just north of the city.