The Midwest occupies the northern central section of the USA, comprising the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Its most popular attractions are its major cities, such as Detroit and Chicago. If you’re a nature enthusiast, however, you won’t be disappointed, as you can hike, bike, or simply sunbathe in the region’s parks and beaches.
St. Paul and Minneapolis are known as the Twin Cities and are packed full of things to do. St. Paul is home to the grand and fascinating Minnesota State Capitol, while Minneapolis offers a vibrant food and nightlife scene in Dinkytown.
|St. Paul is home to the Minnesota State Capitol.
Elsewhere in the state, be sure to visit the Superior National Forest to spot wolves, bears, and moose, or kayak and canoe in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Take a road trip along the North Shore Scenic Drive for the best views of Lake Superior, stopping off to fish, bike, or ski depending on the season.
|Lake Superior is a great destination all year round.|
From the gold dome of the State Capitol to trendy bars, restaurants, and stores, there’s plenty to do in Des Moines. Outside of the city, be sure to head underground at some of the ten caves in Maquoketa Caves State Park. If you’re not a fan of small spaces, start with Dancehall Cave, which has lights, higher ceilings, and clear walkways. For more natural beauty, check out the Bridges of Madison County.
|Check out the historical Bridges of Madison County.
Six of the original 19 historic bridges remain and create a perfect route for exploring the state’s wildlife.
Chicago is full of incredible sights, which attract around 50 million visitors a year! Don’t miss out on the famous Millennium Park, home to the huge Cloud Gate structure, the Crown Fountain, and the beautiful Lurie Garden.
|There are lots of things to do and see in Chicago.
You can see more of the city’s sights along the Magnificent Mile, which features iconic buildings such as the Hancock Tower, Tribune Tower, and Chicago Water Tower.
Escape the city by heading to one of Illinois’ many parks. Explore canyons and waterfalls in the Starved Rock State Park, or hike through woodlands, wetlands, and prairies at Lake Katherine Nature Center.
|Starved Rock State Park is just one of the many parks in Illinois.|
Start by visiting the state’s two main cities: Madison and Milwaukee. The former is home to the 87-meter-high State Capitol and Memorial Union Terrace, which is great for waterfront views and live music. While in Milwaukee, be sure to watch a baseball game at Miller Park and enjoy the nightlife and food scene in Bay View.
|Milwaukee is one of Wisconsin's main cities.
From the eight-kilometer-long gorge in the Dells of the Wisconsin River to the hiking, biking, and skiing in the Land o’Lakes, there’s something for every nature enthusiast in Wisconsin. Recover from your trek on one of the state’s beautiful beaches, such as Kohler Andre State Park, home to the largest sand dunes in Wisconsin.
Ohio’s major cities offer fantastic shopping, nightlife, restaurants, and museums. You can also enjoy scenic walks in the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and a vibrant food scene in Cincinnati’s Downtown.
|Take a walk in Cincinnati.
Ohio’s Lake Erie is the fourth-largest lake in North America. Enjoy diving around shipwrecks in the summer, ice fishing in the winter, and ferry rides to the lake’s islands year-round.
|Lake Erie is the fourth-largest lake in North America.
Nearby, you’ll find more entertainment at Cedar Point, an amusement park with around 20 impressive rollercoasters.
Start your time in Indianapolis at Fountain Square, home to restaurants, stores, and live music. Mass Ave is also great for food and bars, while the Downtown Indy Canal Walk is perfect for those looking for a more peaceful escape.
|The Downtown Indy Canal Walk is a peaceful escape.
Leave the city to visit the Indiana Dunes State Park. Located on the southern tip of Lake Michigan, this area offers hiking, biking, and, in the winter, cross-country skiing.
|The Indiana Dunes State Park is located on the southern tip of Lake Michigan.
You should also check out the Turkey Run State Park for sandstone cliffs, old trees, and (unsurprisingly) wild turkeys.
If you’re looking for top-notch food and nightlife, head to Detroit’s Corktown and Midtown neighborhoods. If you’d prefer some peace and quiet, stroll around the four-square-kilometer Belle Isle Park for amazing views over the city.
|Detroit is Michigan's largest city.
Don’t leave the state without visiting Lake Michigan, the third-largest of the Great Lakes. Take a ferry to one of its islands, such as Manitou, which offers huge sand dunes and tranquil hiking trails. It’s also worth visiting Isle Royale National Park. This 1,118-square-kilometer island in Lake Superior offers streams, forests, and the opportunity to spot wolves, foxes, and otters.
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The Midwest occupies the northern central section of the USA, comprising the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.