The US Midwest is home to a wide range of varied and exciting cities including Chicago, Kansas City and Indianapolis. The list below gives you a brief overview of where in this historic corner of the world you can go for a well deserved break, including to some lesser known cities.

Des Moines

The wider Des Moines area boasts 600 miles of trail systems which are perfect for cycling, hiking, or running enthusiasts. In the winter you can even use the trails for cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing. Art lovers will also be in for a treat as Des Moines has an envious array of options for cultural entertainment including galleries, theatres, an opera, museums, and public art displays. There is a great variety of mid-range hotels available in Des Moines so you can enjoy great service and facilities for just a modest budget.

Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri, is a city famous for many things including music and history. Both Kansas City jazz and Kansas City blues originate from this cultured part of the US, although history fans will also have plenty to wrap their minds around in an area known for the infamous Border War which took place during the American Civil War. With over 32,000 rooms available in Kansas City, finding a hotel to suit your needs is not going to be difficult.


Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – Photo by Michael Pittman via


Bloomington, Minnesota, is a great place to visit for fans of museums. For new arrivals a good place to start might include the Bloomington History museum, or for those with families The Works would be a good option, where experiential technology provides great learning opportunities for keen young minds. There is also a great choice of hotels to suit all budgets.


The city of Champaign, Illinois is conveniently located near St Louis, Chicago and Indianapolis. Champaign is home to numerous museums and theatres and so is also a great place to visit for culture enthusiasts. It also hosts various art, music and film festivals each year. If you are on a budget then you will be pleased to hear that Champaign has a large variety of budget hotels to choose from.


Indianapolis, Indiana, is home to a wide range of cultural treats including museums, performing arts theatres, and parks and gardens. But let’s face it, for first time visitors it is going to be hard to escape the shadow of what is arguably the largest single-day sporting event in the world, the Indianapolis 500 motor race. In the build up to the race hotel prices might be slightly higher than usual, but you can still strike a bargain if you book well in advance.

As you can see, the Midwest of the United States has plenty to offer. Whether it is a weekend break you are after or a longer trip, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to attractions or cultural things to do. So there is really nothing that stands in the way between you and your long anticipated holiday.

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