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Jacksonville, Illinois
Conveniently located between Springfield, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri, Jacksonville, Illinois is a thriving community, rich in historical treasures, unparalleled educational institutions, growing businesses and a hospitality all its own.
A recipient of the Governor’s Hometown Award and a Great American Main Street Award, Jacksonville – and its surrounding area – have much to offer motorcoach tour groups. Bus passengers can become historians in Jacksonville. They can follow in the steps of Abraham Lincoln by taking the “Voices of Jacksonville” audio tour, part of the “Looking for Lincoln” experience, where they can see the actual places Lincoln visited and hear the real stories of Lincoln as his friends and associates knew him.
Jacksonville was a major hub of the Underground Railroad, and bus groups can tour Underground Railroad stops, including Woodlawn Farm. Other historic sites include Gov. Duncan’s Mansion, one of only two governors’ mansions still standing in Illinois. Jacksonville was the home of three governors. Self-guided historic walking tours of Jacksonville homes and Underground Railroad sites entertain while providing knowledge about the city’s unique history.
In 1893, W. E. Sullivan, owner of Eli Bridge Company in Jacksonville, rode the original Ferris wheel in Chicago at the World’s Columbian Exposition. Afterwards, he remained fascinated by the ride and determined to build his own. On May 23, 1900, the first Big Eli wheel debuted in Jacksonville’s Central Park. In 1955, Eli Bridge Co. produced the Scrambler, its first non-wheel amusement ride. Today, Eli Bridge remains a family-owned company, and its products can be found in amusement parks around the world. Although the factory is not open for tours, visitors can take a spin on the locally operated wheel in Community Park during the summer and autumn months. 
Bus passengers can also enjoy the community’s many annual events, from steam shows and car shows to music and art festivals, including monthly exhibits at the historic Strawn Art Gallery and a free outdoor concert series. Jacksonville has something for everyone.
Nationally known hotels, as well as locally owned properties, are sure to provide a good night’s sleep for tour groups. Staying during the week? Book your stay through the Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau to receive a free a wine and cheese reception. A variety of banquet facilities provides space for small to large groups, all moderately priced. Jacksonville restaurants offer everything from home-style country cooking to Italian, Mexican and Chinese cuisine.
Jacksonville has several shopping centers and many locally owned, one-of-a-kind stores, antique malls and gift shops. Round things off with arts and entertainment, sporting events and outdoor recreation – Jacksonville has it all. For more information on bringing your motorcoach group to Jacksonville, phone the Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 593-5678 or visit online at jacksonvilleil.org.   

http://www.jacksonvilleil.org
(800) 593-5678
  • Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
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