5 Must See Places in the Midwest

kayaking in the Apstole IslandsIf you spend some time this summer in the Midwestern states, there are some great hikes you won’t want to miss and some cool things to see. Even though the Midwest is full of interesting cities like Chicago and Detroit, each with a rich and interesting history of its own, the natural beauty that can be found in this region is unbeatable and the generally mild weather makes it a great place to check out the outdoors during the summer months. Be sure you don’t miss these sites if you are headed there on vacation or are just passing through.

1. Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, OH: With waterfalls, lush forests and natural rock bridges, Hocking Hills is one of Ohio’s most beautiful state parks. Nestled in the hills of Southeastern Ohio, you’ll find lots of cool places to visit including Old Man’s Cave and the cool canopy tours where you can ride zip lines through the forest! There are all sorts of fun things to see hear, so check it out by visiting http://www.hockinghills.com/

2. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Superior National Forest, Minnesota: If water sports are more your thing, check out this awesome place to explore in Minnesota. Explore the fantastic waterways carved out by glaciers centuries ago by getting on the water at one of several access points and also enjoy the fantastic fishing opportunities that abound here. Visit this link for more information on what to bring, how to get there and how to enjoy an amazing water adventure.

3. Big Manitou Falls, Pattison State Park, Wisconsin: This beautiful waterfall is a great scenic backdrop often used for some fantastic wedding photos and is one of Wisconsin’s most picturesque destinations. With more than eight miles of hiking trails and various campsites, this state park offers naturalist-led hikes and great head-on views of the waterfalls. Check out this link for details of this very beautiful and relaxing place to get away from it all. You might also check out the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore for some incredible canoeing and cave exploring.

4. Mackinac Island State Park, Mackinac Island, Michigan: If you are into history and want to check out the natural beauty of a place at the same time, take a ferry to Mackinac Island. With automobiles banned since 1898, you can get the unique experience of a slower pace of life. Visit the Fort, the Mackinac Point Lighthouse and the high limestone bluffs. The nearby Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park also has zip lines you can ride if you are up for a little adventure. Check out Mackinac Parks for more details on how to get there and where to go.

5. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora, North Dakota: Located in the heart of the Badlands, this park has numerous trails and camping opportunities along with some great wildlife. Check out the prairie dogs, the naturalist guided programs, and the unique and rugged landscape that changed Theodore Roosevelt’s life and inspired the National Park system we have today. Take a look at http://www.nps.gov/thro/planyourvisit/index.htm to plan your visit and learn which trails best suit your family’s activity level and interests.

Whether you are headed to the Midwest for a long trip or just a short weekend, be sure to leave time to check out the natural wonders that are located throughout the area. There are so many more wondrous places to explore in this area of the United States, from lush green forests to mountains to open grasslands. Be sure to get out and make your family trip to the Midwest an adventure you won’t forget.

Do you have a favorite destination in the Midwest I didn't include on my list? Let me know! Go to my Facebook page and write a post telling me where it is and why you love it!

Jul 21, 2012 | Category: Adventure, Blog, Family, Hiking Trips, Our News, Teenagers, Travel | Comments: none


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