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USA Midwest holidays


The Midwest often lays claim to being the most 'American' part of the US. This area of Middle America is home to a large portion of the American population and plenty of wide-open spaces. The area loosely encompasses the Great Lakes States and the Great Plains States, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The Great Lakes

The ancient glaciers of the Ice Age left behind five Great Lakes – Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario – and many of them lie among the Midwestern states. Their stunning scenery make them a magnet for tourists; cruising the Great Lakes is a particularly popular experience. And, Chicago is the ideal gateway for a self-drive around three of the five, perhaps adding on smaller boat trips among the rugged sandy shores and mirrored waters of the lakes.

Lighthouse on shores of Lake Michigan
The Great Lakes

The Great Plains

Stretching endlessly across this region of America and up into Canada are vast, flat plains of prairie, steppe, and grassland. Known as the Great Plains, the area comprises the entirety of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and is known for extensive cattle ranching and dry farming. Visitors to these states are welcomed with warm hospitality and plenty of things to do – explore the alien landscapes of South Dakota’s Badlands or discover the authentic cowboy towns of Deadwood in South Dakota and Dodge City in Kansas. And of course, South Dakota is home to one of America's most famous monuments – the granite faces of U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore.

Prairies of South Dakota
Prairie, South Dakota

Midwestern Cities

Chicago is easily one of the Midwest's most popular cities, and for good reason. Its skyline is defined by the impressive Willis Tower, and at ground level you'll find great shopping, lakefront boulevards and a thriving music scene. Kansas City, Missouri, also has an important musical history, but it's perhaps better known for its barbecues. And on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is a shiny urban city with a small-town feel.

Skyline of Chicago Illinois
Chicago, Illinois


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Top places to stay in Midwest

The Knickerbocker

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago, Illinois

Contemporary hotel

The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel offers sleek and stylish accommodation in a great location, at the start of the Magnificent Mile with its endless shopping, dining and entertainment. Attractions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago and 360 Chicago (formerly the John Han

The Thompson

The Thompson, Chicago

Contemporary hotel

This boutique hotel is set in one of Chicago’s hippest neighbourhoods, having won several Condé Nast awards.


The Peninsula, Chicago

Designer hotel

One of the city’s best-regarded hotels, the Peninsula has consistently been awarded the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond awards year on year.

Eagle Harbour Inn

Eagle Harbor Inn, Ephraim, Wisconsin

Small & intimate hotel

Having enjoyed a 77-year history of traditional boutique accommodation, the Inn continues to provide a warm welcome in an idyllic setting.

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Where to go in Midwest

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour (Credit: Jason Lindsey)


Illinois is a largely rural state of rich, flat farmland in what is known as the 'Land of Lincoln', thanks to the concentration of sites related to the former President around state capital Springfield.

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