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Hidden Gems in the Midwest

The midwest is often characterized by sweeping plains, farmlands and other pastoral scenery. While this is true, the midwest also boasts many other features. Island retreats, large city skylines and some of the biggest rapids for white water rafting are among this area’s offerings. This region’s diverse geography make it an ideal destination any season of the year. However, winter is best for avoiding the crowds. Here are some destinations where you can discover why the midwest is more than “America’s Breadbasket.”

Des Moines, IA

There is an evident mixture of history and modernity that gives Des Moines a distinct character. Immerse yourself in the city’s rich past by visiting the opulent Capitol Building and Sate Historical Museum. In contrast, the Des Moines Art Center displays a large collection of contemporary art. For outdoor enthusiasts try one of the many parks in and surrounding the city. Gray’s Lake Park is a convenient option where you can glimpse pieces of Des Moines skyline. Stay here: Des Lux Hotel.

Rosemont, IL

A few miles north of megalopolis Chicago is the village of Rosemont, a booming destination for tourism. Here you’ll find a hub for entertainment. Concerts, comedy shows and sports events are frequent happenings in this neighborhood. Book a room at Loews for it’s sleek interiors and convenient location.

Grand Rapids, MI

Michigan’s second largest city is quickly becoming a center for arts, entertainment and attractions. Despite the nickname Furniture City, Grand Rapids offers travelers much more than well-crafted furnishings. Although, a visit to Furniture City Consignment might be in order. Additionally, spend some time browsing the city’s growing art collection. Stroll through Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, a 125 acre destination showcasing the cities creative sculptures. For adventure enthusiasts, hop in a kayak or canoe and tour Lake Michigan. For a no-frills visit, book a room at a Heritage Hill Bed and Breakfast.

Minneapolis, MN

Home to the Mall of America and a rapidly growing population, Minneapolis is no secret destination. Even so, this city still has some hidden gems of its own. Consider visiting Minnehaha Park, an inspirational reprieve from the metropolis. Here you can find hiking trails, bike paths, and picnic areas. For a warm meal, hit up HauteDish where you can sample Michigan’s iconic culinary creation, the tater tot hot dish. Stay in the center of all the excitement at The Grand Hotel Minneapolis.

Bismarck, ND

Bismarck offers a mighty selection of entertainment and attractions for any traveler. Tour the Heritage Center and discover North Dakota’s cultural history or stroll around The Dakota Zoo. The State Capitol Building, the tallest building in Bismarck’s skyline, is also worth the visit. Stay here: Holiday Inn.

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Although I may not be the best photographer, I believe as a writer I can equally capture the ugly, the beautiful, and the sublime. I'm a recent English graduate, a regular contributor to a local Florida magazine and a member of Lonely Planet Pathfinders. On the side, I craft creative fiction inspired by my singular experiences as a traveler, focusing on the human condition. The world is full of amazing people, places, and things, after all. Most importantly, I value cultural relativism. Without it, life experiences would not be the same.



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