In August 2008 I visited Lincoln's Tomb in Springfield, IL. The top of the monument was closed for repairs and fenced off. I don't know if it was a defect in the monument or an early preparation for President Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. I enjoyed my visit anyway.
The grounds were clean and the monument was spotless even with the construction. There was an informative guide inside who provided a lot of good information. Statues of President Lincoln are in the halls and represent different stages of his career. I discovered that President Lincoln was a military officer in Illinois. The President's spouse, Mary, is also buried inside along with most of the children.
President Lincoln was buried in the suit he wore to his second inauguration and under ten feet of concrete so there would be no more attempts to hold his body for ransom. The guide stated that when President Lincoln was repositioned during the monument's reconfiguration, a small hole was made in the coffin and his face was still recognizable.
When I entered his burial chamber I swear I could still feel an aura of greatness. The flags from the states President Lincoln resided in were amongst the flags lining the chamber. My adopted state of Indiana was there.
There was a good souvenir shop outside the cemetery gates. It contained lots of items for purchase and US Civil War artifacts on display. I laid down some of my hard earned money on some very moderately priced, but nice, busts of President Lincoln.
I included President Lincoln in the Custer Vacation section due to the fact he was General George Armstrong Custer's Commander In Chief during the US Civil War.