Apr27

Affordable and Off the Beaten Path Midwest Family Vacations

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Traveling The Midwest Has Never Been This Fun!

Maybe you and your family have already done Disney, Yellowstone, the Rocky Mountains, etc. While spectacular, you know how expensive and crowded those destinations can be. Perhaps like us, you’re a little quirky and like to explore new and off-the-beaten path regions. This week, we’re going to give you five up-and-coming areas in the Midwest to check out. These places will be less crowded than your normal tourist stops, yet still offer a lot of fun for the entire family. Read on!

  1. Traverse City, Michigan

The area around Traverse City has over 100 lakes and more than 180 miles of shoreline. Stop in July for the annual Cherry Festival, where live music, games and an air show are just a few of the family-friendly activities available. There is also plenty of nature to enjoy, with over 3,000 acres of parkland. Hiking, paddling and fishing are some of the many fun things Traverse City has to offer. Michigan beaches are often overlooked, but they shouldn’t be.

2. St. Croix River, Minnesota and Wisconsin


This overlooked area is bustling with fun year-round. Paddling, river boating, fishing, and hiking abound on one of the prettiest rivers in the Midwest. You can also visit Stillwater, MN, which is a great little town for historic landmarks and antique shopping. In the winter, some of the best cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the midwest is available. Be sure to stop and see us at our St. Croix River Resort, which offers lodging, camping and a ton of fun for the whole family.

3. Door County, Wisconsin


Located on a peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, Door County is often called “The Cape Cod of the Midwest.” Door County has five state parks and fantastic arts, music and food scenes during the summer. You must take a stroll through the 2,500 acres of cherry orchards, and skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are all available during the winter months. Door County is truly a hidden gem in the Midwest.

4. Hocking Hills, Ohio


Be sure to bring your camera! Hocking Hills offers unbeatable scenery in the summer and fall months, and the winter offers awesome hikes. Replete with caves and gigantic rock formations, Hocking Hills is a great area for biking, canoeing and even zip-lining! A Scottish theme permeates the area, with cottages and fine dining. This is quickly becoming a go-to vacation spot, so get there before it becomes too popular!

5. The Black Hills, South Dakota


We’d be remiss not to mention our own home in the Black Hills. OK, so Mount Rushmore isn’t necessarily off-the-beaten path for vacationers, but there is so much more to do in the Hills. From unparalleled hiking to historic landmarks, Southwestern South Dakota offers one of the best vacation destinations in the U.S. There are famous areas like Deadwood and the Badlands to see, but be sure to check out Hill City, which offers scenic treasures and a bustling arts and music scene. Stop and see us at Rushmore Shadows Resort, where you’ll stay just minutes from all the awesome adventures the Black Hills have to offer.


Please let us know your favorite Midwest vacation spots in the comments. Of course, there are many more places to visit in this wonderful region. Give us a call at (800) 231-0425 and we’ll be happy to help plan your next Midwest adventure today. Happy exploring!