For those seeking their inspiration in the heartland of America, the state of Illinois provides an ideal backdrop of old-time Americana. Illinois, known as the Prairie state, is also home to the famed Route 66, and has five National Scenic Byways that not only put you on the path to fun, but also offer plenty of natural beauty. Road trippers can revel in the peace and beauty of the rolling countryside and prairie fields where grazing cattle and weathered barns dot the landscape. Illinois is also famous and quite proud of being the home of former U.S. president Abraham Lincoln. Numerous heritage tours, historical sites and museums are devoted to his honor and memory.