You’ll get a warm welcome in this easygoing city, where locals pride themselves on their hospitality. Known as the birthplace of historic Route 66, you can still get your kicks at its Car Museum, where you’ll find recreations of the vintage gas stations, diners and classic cars that characterized the highway. But there are more reasons to stay in town than to cruise away, from aquariums and wildlife museums to cozy restaurants and independent boutiques. Need a heads-up on the best Springfield hotels? Look no further.