Growing up in the Midwest was a treat. The rumors that everyone is pretty kind are true, and the breadth of activities is mind-boggling. From my base in Chicago proper, I can be out of the city and into a forest within 20 minutes – plus, I’ve got the lake directly to the east.
The rest of the region is just as interesting. We’ve got glacial landscapes, enormous hills, caves, cliffs, and islands. Add in the history of the area—including the Oregon Trail, NASCAR, and architecture—and you can see why the experiences here are varied enough to keep me around.
From a town known for seriously fast racing to the slowed down pace of Amish country, these eight weekend getaways in the Midwest will help you embrace every aspect of what it’s like to live—and enjoy living—in flyover country.