America’s Midwest is one area I didn’t get a good chance to explore during my trip in 2014. Luckily, now that I am living back in North America, I can make this dream a reality. There are so many places to see, so how do you ever choose? Well, here is a quick guide to just four unique cities to check off your Midwest bucket list today.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Although it’s described as one of the top tourist spots in America, I had never heard of Wisconsin Dells. But after some research, I can’t believe it isn’t on my must-visit list yet! The city in southern Wisconsin is home to so many water parks and theme parks. Some of the highlights include Noah’s Ark Water Park, Mount Olympus Water and Theme Park, and Wizard Quest. It’s a great getaway for families, as places such as Kalahari Resorts and Chula Vista Resorts have the best of both worlds: an on-site water park and hotel accommodation.
Photo via Trover.com by Braden Jarvis
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The capital of Oklahoma may be known for its cowboys and oil, but there’s more to Oklahoma City. You could spend a weekend checking out the Botanic Garden, zoo, the Museum of Art, and White Water Bay and Frontier City theme parks. But if you’re in town to unleash your inner cowboy, then you definitely have to visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Residence Inn by Marriott Oklahoma City Downtown is a great accommodation option in Bricktown, the entertainment and nightlife district.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
If you’re looking for a Midwest summer escape, I believe Lake Geneva is your next destination. It’s a resort town on Geneva Lake in southeastern Wisconsin. The lakeside is dotted with Gilded Age mansions built by rich Chicagoans back in the day. Although a vacation by the lake sounds very relaxing, if you want to add a little fun, why not stay at Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark? The lodge-style suites each nclude a kitchen, separate living area, patio, and fireplace. Besides the water slides, you’ll also find indoor tennis courts, a golf course, an arcade room, and a snack bar. You won’t want to leave!
Milwaukee is actually the only city in this post that was already on my bucket list. I ‘ve heard very good things about this city on Lake Michigan’s western shore, such as its plethora of breweries, including Miller Brewery. Another great activity in this city is the Riverwalk that follows the Milwaukee River, which is also home to the Bronze Fonz statue of Happy Days fame. You can’t leave Milwaukee without a selfie. If you’re a motorcycle fan, check out the Harley Davidson Museum. Milwaukee also offers a zoo, the Art Museum, natural history museum, conservatory, and Discovery World to keep everyone in the family occupied.
There are so many adventures awaiting us all in America’s Midwest. Hopefully we all get to tick one of these cities off our bucket list soon!