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Top Five in Midwest Family Vacation Destinations

Updated on May 24, 2018
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Lela Davidson is a mother and writer, passionate about healthcare and education for women and children.

Whether you prefer the beauty of an urban skyline or a rugged mountain, the Midwest offers a family vacation destination for everyone. Take your pick from the entertainment of Branson, the sophistication of Chicago, or the wet and wild fun of the Wisconsin Dells. Take in the natural beauty at a Jellystone Campground and expand your family's horizons at Mt. Rushmore.

Just remember to keep your sense of humor when staying in small hotel rooms with your family as you encounter the best the vacation the Midwest has to offer!

Ozark Travel Tips - There are so many things to do around Branson. If you get tired of the glitz and glamour, consider some side trips. Mary Ann Powers at Ozark Travel Tips provides wonderful details and first hand knowledge of all things Ozark.

Branson Chamber of Commerce - Consult the chamber to get up to speed on all the area attractions, lodging, and seasonal celebrations. There's also a complete listing of all the shopping, including those in the Tanger Factory Outlet Center.

Phone Numbers for Branson Attractions: Shows, Museums, Golf, Theme Parks

Branson, Missouri

Branson, Missouri is one of the top place to visit in the Midwest with close to seven million visitors annually. Branson offers attractions and world-class entertainment for all ages, all in the gorgeous setting of the Ozark mountains. The flavor of Branson is wholesome. Shows are available for all ages and families will appreciate live performances in any of the city's 49 state-of-the-art theaters.

Families can enjoy a patriotic revue, listen to a cowboy poet reading, or take in one of the family-friendly variety shows. Magic and comedy share the stage with animals, acrobats, and special effects. Kids will love the dinner show at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede restaurant where they'll see horses and stunt riders perform amazing tricks.

Don't miss the Titanic Museum - largest one of it's kind!

By the first week of November most of Branson gets into the Christmas spirit. Christmas in Branson includes plenty of holiday-themed music, sets, costumes and production numbers.

Silver Dollar City has been named the number one theme park in the world by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions. This 50-acre, 1880s-themed park is set naturally into its surroundings and features more than 100 craftsmen demonstrating their skills. There are festivals going on from April through December including a Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, National Kids' Fest, and a Salute to the Great American Cowboy. The holiday music festival and light parade at Silver Dollar City was named one of the top 10 in the country by USA Today.

But wait, there's more. You can rent a boat and water ski on beautiful Table Rock lake, or spend some quality time in nature at Big Cedar Lodge. Save money for shopping because Branson boasts many outlet centers and the famous Bass Pro sporting goods super store.

Powder Keg roller coaster at Silver Dollar City

10 Best - You could make a whole vacation out of sampling the pizza in Chicago. Start with this review site that lets you know what people think of the pie at various restaurants. You also get price, location, and dress code information.

Top Chicago Attractions - provides more detail on all the top Chicago attractions. Find phone numbers and website links to everything mentioned in this article and more.

Famous Chicago Style Pizza



A Chicago vacation offers the finest in the arts and amusements. From the top of the Sears tower to the miles of paths along the shores of Lake Michigan, the family is sure to love the windy city.

The kids' favorite among Chicago's world-class museums is sure to be the Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier. Kids can experiment with inventions, reconstruct dinosaur bones, play on a make-believe schooner. The Field Museum comes in a close second with it's full size T-Rex and King Tut exhibits. At the Museum of Science and Industry the whole family can walk through a huge, working model of the human heart. Plan a trip to the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum on a Friday for special programs.

The John G. Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium is the world's largest indoor aquarium. You can even walk through a simulated Amazon and observe the sea life there. The Brookfield Zoo is has been named one of the top ten family-friendly zoos by Child magazine.

Take in the city's amazing architecture, from the 110-story Sears Tower, which is the tallest in North America. Then get down on street level around the Loop to get up close and personal with sculptures by Picasso, Miro, and Chagall among other. If you're lucky you'll also catch a street performance of a group of bucket drummers.

Do not leave the city without sampling the deep-dish pizza. Chicago style pizza is like no other. You may even get kids to eat their spinach when it's piled on one of these culinary works of art!

Street Bucket Drummers

Jellystone Camp Resorts - Search for parks in your area with a handy interactive tool that lets you find parks based on the amenities you want. There are also wonderful tips to help less experienced campers get into the spirit. Learn about making the most of traveling with grandkids and planning a family reunions too.

Kaboose Camping Guide - Kaboose has put together an exhaustive guide for family camping. It includes games and crafts, recipes, and safety tips along with enough checklists to keep the planner in you happy for days. Not your average camping article!

Jellystone Campground Parks

Anyone who grew up with Yogi and Boo Boo will get a huge kick out of introducing these lovable characters to their kids at a Jellystone campground park. These parks are located throughout the Midwest and have become the favorite destination for many families. In addition to the joys of camping, Jellystone parks offer waterslides, pools, and bike trails. There's also the chance to get involved in sports like volleyball and mini-golf. In the evening, families enjoy quality time around the campfire, or at the movies!

The Warrens, Wisconsin Jellystone Park is one of the finest Resort Camps in the United States with a 50,000 sq. ft. Indoor Water Resort, and different styles of lodging to suit many tastes and budgets. Generally, the parks offer tent camping, RV sites, and cabin rentals.

Parks are franchises, independently owned and operated throughout the Midwest, so you'll want to check out the Jellystone main website and do a little homework on which park is best for you because the amenities will vary. Midwest park locations include Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Missouri.

Yogi Bear, Cindy Bear, and Boo Boo make daily visits to campers. If you're lucky, you may even get tapped to play Yogi or Cindy!

Yogi Bear Visits Campers Daily

Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells on the Wisconsin River is known as the waterpark capital of the world. There are several outdoor and indoor waterparks to choose from, as well as more than twenty waterpark resorts!

The indoor waterparks help contribute to the year round family fun at this Midwest vacation destination, but there's more to the Dells. The fall color in the Dells is spectacular and the area has plenty of campgrounds where you can experience the colorful change of season up close.

Cruise boats and the amphibious vehicles called Ducks take you on scenic tours to see the Wisconsin River rock formations. Afterwards, go to the International Crane Foundation, a wildlife preserve where you can see all 15 living species of cranes. There's no other spot on earth where you can see all these birds in one place.

Nearby Baraboo is home to the Circus World Museum, which boasts the world's largest collection of one-of-a-kind antique circus wagons. There are 50 wagons, some in the process of restoration. You can even watch as craftsmen toil away at reviving these treasures of American history.

There are arts-a-plenty in the Dells as well. Landscape photographer, H.H. Bennett is considered among the top 10 of the 19th century. He introduced the world to stop-action photography and you can see some of it at his studio on the Dells' boardwalk. Architecture aficionados can visit the Frank Lloyd Wright's Seth Peterson Cottage, the only home Wright designed that is available for rent to the public.

For pure entertainment, check out the Tommy Bartlett Show, a water ski extravaganza that is one of the longest running live outdoor entertainment shows in the country.

Circus World Museum


"Best of the Midwest" according to AAA

Just in case you need more convincing: Check out this article where the AAA Midwest Traveler magazine named Wisconsin is the best state to go on vacation.

Wisconsin Dells Official Website - This is a nice website that has a lot of factual information about the Dells area, but doesn't overwhelm you with ads. You can also plan your trip from the site and they've got nice bonus features including a waterpark essentials checklist.

Noah's Ark - The largest waterpark in the country with 45 waterslides, 2 wave pools, kiddie water playgrounds and more. Plus you get rides, mini-golf, shopping, and a dive-in theater. It's a multi-day park, and good news: 2nd day tickets are half price when purchased at the same time as the first.

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South Dakota: Black Hills, Badlands, and Mount Rushmore

South Dakota is home to amazing natural beauty as well as attractions to please any family. Perhaps the best-known landmark is Mount Rushmore, but there is so much more to see. Families can learn about the history of the Great Plains at various memorials and state parks. Kids and adults alike can explore caves, canyons, and hiking trails.

The Black Hills region of South Dakota is home to five national parks and memorials. The Mount Rushmore National Monument boasts 60-foot faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, carved into the granite of Mount Rushmore. The monument is best viewed in the light from sunrise to ten o'clock in the morning. You'll want to consult the calendar of events to find out if there are any special programs going on during your visit.

Make time to learn investigate history at the Journey Museum where you'll hear the scientific explanation of fossils and geology as well as the Lakota Sioux mythology of the origins of the Plains. One of the most popular exhibits is a hologram of a Native American woman telling her story in a tepee. Talk about bringing history to life!

Visit the Crazy Horse Memorial, which is expected to be the world's largest mountain carving when it is complete. They even project a laser show onto the five-story stone. Next, head to Custer State Park to see over 1,500 head of buffalo. The first Monday in October they have a buffalo roundup, but you'll need to make your plans many months in advance.

Wind Cave National Park has the fourth-longest cave in America. Explore a bit of its 120 miles of mapped passages. Mammoth skeletons are the main attraction at the indoor Mammoth Site in Hot Springs. From June 1st - August 15th the Junior Paleontologist Excavation lets kids ages 4 to 13 dig for fossil replicas, but space is limited so make reservations for this activity. A drive through the 244,000-acre Badlands National Park gets you a glimpse at bison, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep. And don't forget the wonders of Theodore Roosevelt National Park; this park is one of the lesser known paces to visit in the Midwest!

Travel South Dakota - With so many options in South Dakota, this website is helpful in putting it all together. Plan your route and accommodations on this hand all-in-one site. It's well put-together and has "hot deals" advertised as well.

South Dakota History - A family vacation to South Dakota can be so much more than recreation. Wikipedia is a great jumping off point if you and your family want to delve into the rich history of this region and the people who have lived there. Get kids engaged in learning while having fun!


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  • joaniebaby profile image


    7 years ago

    Thanks for highlighting the Midwest where I live. We have been to Branson, Wisconsin Dells, Mt. Rushmore and more destinations in the Midwest. With gas prices high, the Midwest has been our vacation place for sometime now. The Ozarks and Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky are other good destinations.

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    8 years ago

    They are great places to spend vacation. Thanks for sharing.

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    8 years ago

    I think the midwest is severely under rated. There are so many great places to see and things to do. I am planning on taking a trip of there next month to lincoln. Thanks to my friend Ryan at my whole family will be joining me

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    8 years ago from Barcelona

    I'd like to go to Chicago! so.. thanks for the info, it's going to be very useful to me. First I need to save some money though...

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    8 years ago

    Wow, Lela! This is a fantastic hub full of great info about the various destinations. I'd also throw in a link to help people find coupons for Branson such as:

    Again, great job!

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    8 years ago from United States

    Thanks for the nice info

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    Kirsten Jaster 

    8 years ago

    lol, seen all there is to see in South Dakota 20 times across it. Including the not mentioned 1880 town which was totally awesome, in the 1990s they had Buck which was Costner's horse from Dances with Wolves, and a museum to a Casey Tibbs (rodeo. If you are on US 18 by Edgemont and Hotsprings you can see where they filmed Crazy Horse, and parts of Dances with Wolves was done up there as well as other places. Pan for gold in Keystone with your kids, ride the cute little railroad there too. Tour Jewel Cave in Custer, SD, see Bear Country USA and the Wild Horse Sanctuary. In Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota you can visit Laura Ingalls Wilder stuff, Walnut Grove Mn, Pippin Wi, and De Smitt SD. (de smitt is better)seems to me there is one also down in Missouri.(anyone else remember?)

    In Wisconsin I'd call the Dells passe. Nice but...pricey really unless you're in the off season. Instead take a 4 hr boat tour of the Apostle Islands In Bayfield, or take the ferry across to Madeline Island. Head up to Sault St Marie, Michigan and take the Soo Locks tours, or just drive the UP Michigan has really awesome roadside parks that are FREE, and several of them include some really great beaches. In winter get your courage up and go Surfing up by Grand Marais on Lake Superior. yeah I just said surfing in winter on Lake Superior. Or if you chicken out you can just watch. Or watch the American Birkibiner in Cable Wisconsin in Late Feb/Early March every year. There is always lots to do in the midwest that won't cost you a small fortune, such as some of the featured places on the HUB list. as For Chicago, go see the U-boat at the Museum of Science and Industry,its so worth the wait in line. was never impressed with the Shed Aquarium, kinda tedious. nice, but not that great. you can also take Harbor tours in Chicago. theres those great big lakes out there folks, go play on them.

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    Pete Maher 

    8 years ago

    Awesome hub! I'm fond of all these places, but partial to the Wisconsin Dells. I spent my honeymoon there, vacationed there as a child, and have tons of fond memories. There is an awesome resource for detailed info on the Dells at

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    9 years ago

    Have just seen a great movie 'Winters Bone' but it makes the Ozark mountains look anything but splendid

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    9 years ago

    Chicago would be a wonderful place,i have always wanted to check the card magic scene in Chicago.

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    9 years ago

    Another great place to check out with the family is Ann Arbor, Michigan (you can win a trip to Ann Arbor or get more info at There is a wide variety of unique restaurants, boutique shops and kid friendly attractions. There really is something for everyone in Ann Arbor.

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    9 years ago

    physical appearance of the place was commendable.. I'm planning to visit this place...

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    9 years ago

    hey what's up it so cool

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    9 years ago from Beijing, China

    very interesting, i would plan to visit in future.

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    9 years ago

    Fun ideas. We tried the Jellystone park in Manti, Utah and it wasn't as fun as the site in Wisconsin sounds.

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    Lake of the Ozarks Vacation Rentals 

    9 years ago

    Close to Branson is beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. There are state parks, indoor and outdoor water parks, miniature golf, go-karts, shopping and much more. This is a great getaway!

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    9 years ago from Bozeman MT

    I went to Custer State Park for two weeks this summer and it was an AMAZING vacation Between the wildlife, beauty, family restaurants and nearby attractions it was a must do family vacation. I enjoyed your Hub...

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    Nate Kelley 

    9 years ago

    Great info you have...look fwd to seeing more info you have going... Feel free to view my hubs... Have a nice Day

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    Danny Decay 

    10 years ago from Winter Park, Florida

    This is a really neat Hub, i'm sure families nation wide are grateful :)

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    10 years ago

    Great hub on the best places to visit in the midwest. I am from the midwest, chicago actually and have never been to some of these places that you have listed. Keep up the great writing!

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    10 years ago

    Jellystone Park in Warrens is bankrupt and vacant. Now we're left with it's memory--a huge, sprawling, ugly scar on a once-forested hillside. Isn't one Wisconsin Dells enough?

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    It all sounds great. I really enjoyed this hub.

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    10 years ago from Richmond, VA

    I also found your hub informative, but I must say that I didn't enjoy my trip to Branson very much. It seems to be where some old musicians go to perform their swan songs.

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    Sexy jonty 

    10 years ago from India

    Very well written hub .....

    very much informative ......

    Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

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    Kimberly Bunch 

    10 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

    Good Info! Here's a fun hub:

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    10 years ago

    Very well written hub .....

    very much informative ......

    Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

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    10 years ago from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    This hub makes me want to take my family to the Midwest for vacation soon! Thank you.

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    10 years ago

    I would certianly look at Minnesota if you're planning a trip up here-- (in the summer of course!) visit the boundary waters, one of our beautiful national parks, the mall of america (and water park of america across the street!), the gorgeous city of minneapolis with great shopping, dining, and entertainment!, take a walk around "the lakes" & lay out at the beach all day.

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    10 years ago

    I live in Springfield, Mo, we are north of Branson. It is a beautiful place to visit. There is a new outdoor shopping area along the lake called Branson Landing that is a must see. Table Rock Lake is amazing. Big Cedar Lodge has too many things to even list. Springfield is the World headquarters of Bass Pro Shop. I am not into country music, but you could spend weeks going to the shows. Chateau On The Lake is a first class vacation resort in itself. If you are a Brad Pitt fan, Springfield is his hometown and all of his family still lives here. He comes home and over the years has been seen out and about many times.

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    Montana Farm Girl 

    10 years ago from Northwestern Montana

    Jellystone, all kids from the 60's wanted to visit Yogi and Boo Boo!!! And, now that we live in Montana, I hope someday to get to Mt. Rushmore, one on my list of "must do" in my lifetime!!! Great hub!!!

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    10 years ago from malang-indonesia

    WOW....owesome. those are amazing place to visit.I hope I can go there someday.

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    10 years ago

    Rate it up! Thanks for nice hub!

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    Lake of the Ozarks Rentals 

    10 years ago

    Great information on places to visit. I just got back from Chicago with my daughter for spring break. Went to several plays including Jersey Boys, which was excellent.

    I'd like to throw a plug in for the Lake of the Ozarks. Lots of things to do and the lake has 1200 miles of shoreline. Plenty of room. Lot of water related activities and tons of golf courses. Plenty of things for the kids to do.

    Nice hub!

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    Marketing Coach 

    10 years ago from New Jersey

    I like the Wisconsin Dells as well, nice info on it!


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    10 years ago

    Dont forget about Mackinac Island.

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    10 years ago

    It is definitely under my travel list. Thanks.

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    karthika uk 

    10 years ago

    nice hub. i think it's a guide to how 2 make a nice hub 4 me


    when u gets time please check my hubs also karthika

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    10 years ago

    Nice travel picks... Next time I visit the US I'll make sure I go to the Midwest!

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    Peter Thody 

    10 years ago

    Not sure if this is permitted here but other travelers to SD might find this useful:

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    10 years ago

    Great Info!!! My family and I vacation every year with no real schedule. There are some ideas that we will want to check out. Thanks!

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    Lela Davidson 

    10 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    Thanks, Camping Dan. The Buffalo is on my list!

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    Camping Dan 

    10 years ago

    If you are in Branson and love the water take the extra hour drive south and hit the Buffalo River up. This is one of the best floats around on a pristine river with lots of wildlife and scenic bluffs.

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    Lela Davidson 

    10 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    Thanks, johnny and Takz, for the additional resources!

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    10 years ago

    We consider Michigan UP part of the midwest. A hop skip and a jump from Chicago or WI. We go there every summer - its nature, sports and a chance to see Bears and Deer in the same state as Detroit. Great for families. Less great for Jaded rocky vacationers. Some good guides:


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    Lela Davidson 

    10 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    Thanks, livelovecoffee. Chicago is a great city. I'm sure it's going to get even more fabulous and visited now that our President hails from there!

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    10 years ago from Georgia

    Thanks for the tips, and great hub! I really want to visit Chicago.

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    10 years ago

    Thank you so much! I enjoyed reading all of your information! I love the way you organized your page, and the information was up-to-date and engaging.

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    10 years ago

    I was born in Sioux Falls, SD, and miss it so much. One destination you should add to your list is Jewel Cave. While wind cave is also amazing, Jewel Cave is literally a gem. I don't know how many times I've seen Crazy Horse, but it always seems to be stuck in the same building state. It has been that way for about sixty years now. Another fun spot in the Rapid City area, though not a large attraction, are the Cosmos; a fun shack built on the side of a hill that will make you feel like your standing almost parallel to the floor. Great article, you've persuaded me to ad Branson and Chicago to my list of "Must Visit".

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    Meg McNeal 

    10 years ago

    Great hub. I can't wait to check out some of the vacation destinations in my RV

    Thanks for all the wonderful information

    PR: wait... I: wait... L: wait... LD: wait... I: wait...wait... C: wait... SD: wait...

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    Rebecca Graf 

    10 years ago from Wisconsin

    I have not been to the Black Hills. But the others, yes. I live close enough to most of them. Chicago is fun and so are the Dells. Hope others take advantage of this hub and visit them.

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    10 years ago

    DO come to Chicago, people. It's the best! Just be prepared to spend most of your money on parking, haha.

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    11 years ago

    Yes Branson is awesome. I totally had a blast there, from Silver Dollar City to the many fun shows and attractions. Very family friendly.

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    cheap travel 

    11 years ago

    Great hub , some of those places look really beautiful.

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    11 years ago

    Great info here! We visited SD a couple of years ago and it was wonderful. I know it isn't really close to Mt Rushmore, but De Smet, SD is a great place to visit too if you like Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books. You can spend the night on her homestead even. Living history at its best.

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    11 years ago from California

    Great hub! It's always good to find suggestions of things to do from people who have experience!

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    11 years ago from Ohio

    I loved this hub! Great information. I have visited many of the places on this list and my two favorite are the Badlands and Chicago. The Badlands are so unique and beautiful. Chicago is a big city with so much to do, and I loved Shedd Aquarium!

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    11 years ago from Minnesota

    This is something I needed on my list for an upcoming family vacation. Great hub!

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    11 years ago

    great to know for my upcoming road trip!

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    11 years ago

    Beautiful Places.

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    In The Doghouse 

    11 years ago from California


    BTW, DUGG and Thumbs up!

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    In The Doghouse 

    11 years ago from California


    My parents are heading off on a trip for a couple of months across the nation.. this was a wonderful resource to give to them. Thanks for all the information and cool suggestions.

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    Lela Davidson 

    11 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    @emeyers24 - a little, it's still under $4 - for now! But it still beats airline tickets.

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    11 years ago from Oceanside, CA

    Is the gas any cheaper in the Midwest?

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    11 years ago from Port Orange, FL

    Great hub! You have really taken the time to pick out the best places and describe in detail where to go.

    If I where going to travel I would print this our. I had no idea about Wisconsin Dells. It sounds like a wonderful place as I love the water. Probably why I live in FL.

    The Black Hills are also a fantastic place full of so much history.

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    11 years ago from Philippines

    i really long to have a vacation at South Dakota

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    6 pack abs 

    11 years ago

    Great hub! Nice vacations destinations...

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    Mike Geary 

    11 years ago

    Thanks for the suggestions!

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    Julie A. Johnson 

    11 years ago from Duluth, MN

    We do have some fun places in MN, too. But my son really enjoyed the Dells, and WI is beautiful in the fall.

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    Lela Davidson 

    11 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    Kari Dean - that is hilarious!!!

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    kari dean 

    11 years ago

    Terrific hub! I've always wanted to visit South Dakota. Seeing that picture reminded me of the time Cher said she thought Mr. Rushmore was a natural phenomenon. I'm not kidding.

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    11 years ago

    The midwest is great. I really need to Go there more often!

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    Medical Alert Calling Systems 

    11 years ago

    Very good vacation picks! Great hub! Thanks.

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    11 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

    really good hub. we never hear about the midwest in the uk.

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    11 years ago

    Chicago and SD sound like a lot of fun. I would not have thought of Branson. =) Thanks for the tip!

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    11 years ago from Clearwater Florida

    Wow - the only one I've ever been too is Chicago but the all look like great places to visit - you made me want to pack my bags now :)

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    11 years ago

    I would love to visit the mid-west. We have always visited on the east coast because we grew up in NY and need to start seeing the beautiful scenery elsewhere! If you want to visit the Georgia Mountain on the East Coast, visit our cabin rental site:

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    11 years ago

    Great page now I can't wait to go and plan my next family vacation...only need the $$

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    Steiff Bears 

    11 years ago

    What a great hub.... Thanks for sharing it.

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    Joanie Ruppel 

    11 years ago from Texas

    It's hard on one page to list all the great places to visit in the Midwest, but I like several of those you have listed. The most recent we have seen is the South Dakota spots, and the Badlands rivaled the Painted Desert in Arizona as a most spectacular work of nature that stretches for miles, while Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse were great man-made works. Mount Rushmore at night is breathtaking.

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    11 years ago from Valley of the Heart's Delight, California

    Your layout for this hub (your hubdesign? I'm new here...) is AWESOME, and your info is FABU, as well. I was married in Branson, MO -- at Silver Dollar City's glass-altered Wilderness Chapel. It's a spectacular setting. That was 24 years ago, though, and A LOT has changed in Branson since that time. Even still, "number one theme park in the world" is a little hard to fathom. Perhaps I will try to get back there and check it out sometime during our Silver Annivesary year. Thanks very much for the trip down Memory Lane!

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    11 years ago

    Cool, thanks, I'm driving across the US this april or july and i'm going to yellowstone and mount rushmore already. i'll keep in mind your other destinations!

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    Bug Mee 

    11 years ago from Great Midwest

    Love it!!!

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    Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

    12 years ago from New Zealand

    Nice hub - if I ever get to the US I could use some of the info here, its not a part of the country well-known to overseas visitors


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HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)