Best Midwest Cities, Resorts and Lake Vacations
Some of the Best-Kept Destination Secrets are in America's Heartland
From scenic lakes and laid-back resort towns to some of America's most vibrant cities, the Midwest has plenty of vacation appeal and seasonal fun.
Fun in the Sun
In summer, the Great Lakes and the thousands of family-friendly lake destinations in Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio (and more!) will provide hours of fun in the sun. Spend a week at a lake home or lakefront cabin, and you'll enjoy one of the most relaxing vacations ever.
In fall, the Midwest woods turn vibrant shades and make for some of the most spectacular places in the US to enjoy the changing seasons, the crisp autumn air and to spend a long weekend or week leaf peeping and getting away from it all. Pick a few favorite spots and plan a road trip between them for a tour of some of the prettiest landscapes you'll find this time of year.
With so much to see and do, the great cities of the Midwest - like Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City - are wonderful places to stay and explore. The Midwest has plenty to offer foodies, museum and culture enthusiasts and sightseers, and a vacation rental in the heart of the city is the perfect home base for exploring.
Gather the family or plan a getaway with your group of friends to enjoy the recreation, amusements and fun in great resort towns like Branson, Missouri; Wisconsin Dells, and towns in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Perhaps you're looking for a lake town with an artistic side, like Traverse City, Michigan, where the annual film festival attracts visitors from all over every summer. Explore our Midwest travel ideas for more hidden gems and Midwest events that you won't want to miss.