Midwest Road Trip Planner, Tourist Attractions & Vacation Spots (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD, WI)



Midwest Road Trip Planner

The American Midwest is more than just the breadbasket of the country and home to millions of Republican voters. It is also the area of the country that sent Abraham Lincoln, Harry S. Truman and Barack Obama to the White House. The Midwest is a great place for an all-American, family vacation. Plan a road trip and see the tourist attractions of the Midwest.

Chicago, home to world-class architecture, is considered by many to be the birthplace of the skyscraper. The Willis (former Sears) Tower is still the tallest in the United States. Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is said to be modeled after a design by a famous Midwesterner, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Gateway to the west, and one of the most popular Midwest tourist attractions is the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Plan on taking in a Cardinal game right next door at Bush Stadium and experience the spirit of the St. Louis fans. Or head to Chicago and historic Wrigley Field.

Midwest Tourist Attractions

Nature has given the Midwest some prime vacation spots, from the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota, to the deep forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Midwest is loaded with lakes, from the Great Lakes to the 10,000+ lakes of Minnesota, alone. Explore the area a bit and you may be pleasantly surprised. Not far from the towers of Chicago are the Indiana Dunes on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. And the northern reaches of Michigan and Minnesota border on some very remote and rugged lakeshore country.

Midwest Vacation Spots

Winter can be cold – OK – very cold, so Midwesterners hit the vacation spots of Wisconsin Dells, the indoor water park capital of the world. If you are planning a road trip getaway from the Chicago area, don’t miss the tourist attractions in Wisconsin and Minnesota. If you are staying in Chicago, you will find a very enjoyable and family-friendly vacation spot. Nice hotels, fine dining, world-class museums and tourist attractions are located within walking distance of each other. Public transportation allows for a car-free vacation.

Enjoy America’s Midwest vacation spots – the cities, the architecture, the tourist attractions, the nature and especially, the people.
Kansas City, St. Louis, Branson and the Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas - Tourist Attractions / Travel Guide Kansas City, St. Louis, Branson and the Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas - Tourist Attractions / Travel Guide
St. Louis and the Arch, the Ozarks, dense woodlands, parks, sports, and recreation
Great Lakes, Traverse City, Upper Peninsula, Mackinac Island, Northern Michigan - Tourist Attractions / Travel Guide Great Lakes, Traverse City, Upper Peninsula, Mackinac Island, Northern Michigan - Tourist Attractions / Travel Guide
Rugged wilderness, backcountry hiking, with sea cliffs, lighthouses, and sand dunes
Chicago, Illinois, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Dells, Madison - Tourist Attractions / Travel Guide Chicago, Illinois, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Dells, Madison - Tourist Attractions / Travel Guide
Chicago, Milwaukee, rolling farmland, sports, architecture, culture, and cheese
Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota area - Tourist Attractions / Travel Guide Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota area - Tourist Attractions / Travel Guide
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, lakes, water, rivers, and the Mall of America
Sturgis, Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore, Rapid City and the South Dakota Badlands - Tourist Attractions / Travel Guide Sturgis, Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore, Rapid City and the South Dakota Badlands - Tourist Attractions / Travel Guide
The Badlands, natural and manmade rock formations, with a Wild West flavor

Major Tourist Attractions in the Region

Battlefield Mall - Springfield, Missouri
Gravois Bluffs Plaza - Fenton, Missouri
St. Louis Mills Outlet Mall - Hazelwood, Missouri
Oakbrook Mall - Oak Brook, Illinois
Orland Square Mall - Orland Park, Illinois
Southridge Mall - Greendale, Wisconsin
Woodfield Mall - Schaumburg, Illinois
Westfield Old Orchard Mall - Skokie, Illinois
Hidden Valley Ski Resort Area - St. Louis, Missouri
Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall - Illinois
Deer Mountain Ski Resort - Lead, South Dakota
St. Louis Galleria Mall - Saint Louis, Missouri
United Center
Mall of America - Bloomington, Minnesota
Navy Pier - Chicago, Illinois
Mayfair Mall - Wisconsin
Table Rock Lake - Branson, Missouri
Oaklawn Park Race Track - Hot Springs, Arkansas
Como Zoo - Saint Paul, Minnesota
Albertville Premium Outlet Mall - Albertville, Minnesota
Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, Illinois
Things to Do in Lake Geneva, WI
Westfield Hawthorn Mall - Vernon Hills, Illinois
Chicago Premium Outlet Mall - Aurora, Illinois
Brookfield Zoo - Illinois
St. Louis Science Center - Missouri
Crater of Diamonds State Park - Murfreesboro, Arkansas
Westfield Crestwood Mall - St. Louis, Missouri
Itasca State Park - Minnesota
NorthTown Mall - Blaine, Minnesota
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - Empire, Michigan
Wisconsin Dells, WI Vacation Spots