Family vacations to Midwest surely entice you with loads of fun related to art, culture, and nature. Midwestern United States―Midwest is the north central part of the US that comprises 12 out of the 50 US states. No wonder that family vacations in Midwest are always exciting and enthralling. There is something for every family member and hence, it is one of the most popular family vacations destination when it comes to finding the best from the round trip itineraries of the US. Once you zero in on the desired location in the Midwest, planning the things to do there is not a big deal. You can do everything from whitewater river rafting to enjoying delicious cuisine, and from calming your soul in the realms of nature to going on crazy shopping sprees.
The 12 Midwest states include: Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Needless to say, all these states are rich with their own cultural and natural traveling destinations. Here is a list of some of the most visited destinations.
Wisconsin Dells is also referred as the Water park capital of the world, since it is the home to the Noah's Ark Water Park along with several other water parks, amusement parks, and theme parks including: Lost Rios Water Park, Kalahari Resort Water Park, Timber Falls Adventure Park, and Pirate's Cove Family Fun Center. You can experience a year round excitement here in Wisconsin Dells. Some other hot Dells travel destinations are: the Cave of the Mounds (Blue Mounds), Beaver Springs Fishing Park, Dells Army Ducks, Christmas Mountain Golf, Ski Resort, Wild 4 Hypnosis Comedy Show, and many more. All in all, Wisconsin Dells is a bustling summer vacation spot.
The suburbs of Midwest are even more exciting and unique. It is the reason why one needs to visit them. The DuPage County is a fabulous place full of family friendly museums, forest preserves, and excellent cultural, historical, and performing art exhibits. DuPage County is a train ride away from O'Hare and downtown Chicago. So staying here gives you numerous things to do in downtown Chicago as well. Some of the best places to visit while in DuPage County are: Cantigny Park, Centennial Beach, Bass Pro Shops, Argonne National Laboratory, Billy Graham Center Museum, Carol Stream Park District, Cosley Zoo, Coral Cove Water Park, etc. You can enjoy all these vacation spots all year round but reconfirm with the holiday schedule of these places. Some of the aforementioned places are closed during Christmas, Thanksgiving, and 4th of July.
Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest. There are numerous places to visit in Chicago that you just cannot afford to miss on your trip to Midwest. First of all, you get the best of arts and amusement when you are in the city of Chicago. Let it be the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum or Brookfield Zoo, you are sure to have a lot of fun along with the kids and the rest of the family members. Some other places to visit in Chicago include: John Hancock Center, Harold Washington Library Center, Ravinia Festival, The Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, Magnificent Mile, Oak Street Beach, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, CoCo Key Water Resort, Lincoln Park Zoo, etc. And last but not the least are the architecture cruises and the magnificent Sears Tower!
Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska. Nestling around the Missouri river, downtown Omaha is the center of attention for people who are searching for ultimate fun and adventure. It is the home to world's largest indoor rainforest 'Henry Doorly Zoo'. Don't forget the giant Gravitron and Omaha special delicacies like the Omaha steaks! You can enjoy great shopping at the Old Market district. Some other places to visit when you are in Omaha include: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Boys Town, El Museo Latino, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, First National's Spirit of Nebraska's Wilderness, and Pioneer Courage Park, Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall, Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods trails, Freedom Park Navy Museum, etc. All in all, if you want your Midwest trip to be exciting, relaxing, and memorable then downtown Omaha is the place for you!
The state of South Dakota is blessed with amazing natural beauty and numerous recreational activities. It is also referred as 'Coyote State' or 'Mount Rushmore State' of Midwest. Apart from the world famous Mount Rushmore National Memorial (a granite sculpture of the four US Presidents), this place holds various national parks and interesting hiking trails like Porter Sculpture Park, 1880 Cowboy Town of Buffalo Ridge, Chief Crazy Horse Memorial, Petrified Wood Park, Hugh Glass Monument, Dinosaur Park, Presidents Park, Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park (famous for the mammoth skeletons), Badlands National Park, etc. Always refer to the calendar of events of each of the above mentioned places and then plan your visit in South Dakota. Apart from the parks, you can go for Deadwood gambling, Sturgis Bike Rally and a lot of shopping of course!
Most of the Midwest states are listed in the happening vacation destinations in the US. If you are looking for inexpensive Midwest vacations, you can search for the discount coupons and vouchers of these places on the Internet. The list of Midwest family vacation ideas doesn't end here. There are some other equally exciting places that you can visit like Minneapolis, Branson, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa.