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5 Underrated Midwest Cities Perfect for a Vacation


When you’re traveling, you want to stay in the best cities and see the most exciting attractions. However, sometimes the best is not always the largest and most well-known.

There are several cities throughout the Midwest that are completely underrated. Nevertheless, these cities offer great lodging options, food choices, and fun things to do.

Bloomington, Minnesota


When visiting Minnesota, many travelers opt for the glamour and splendor of the Twin Cities.  Located only ten minutes away though is the lesser-known city of Bloomington.

Bloomington is best known for the Mall of America, the second largest mall in the United States.  The mall is home to over 50 restaurants, 500 stores, and a Nickelodeon-themed amusement park.

The city hosts more than this grand mall.  Over 1/3 of the city is covered in parks and the perfect place for nature lovers.  Daily Bloomington flights make getting to and from this city easy and affordable for any visitor.

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Des Moines, Iowa


You may have heard that all there is in Iowa is corn. However, this is far from the truth. Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa, and is also the state’s capital. Because of this, there are a number of fun attractions for the family, an individual, or a group.

If you’re headed to the Midwest in the summer, check out the Iowa State Fair. You’ll find games, animals, rides, and more.

Are you more interested in art? The Des Moines Art Center is a great option, and during the summer you’ll also find the Des Moines Art Festival.

Madison, Wisconsin


Madison is a growing city, and it’s making a name for itself as a great place to live and visit.

The Madison Children’s Museum is a perfect stop for those with kids. Don’t forget to hit up the Henry Vilas Zoo, where you’ll see a number of interesting creatures. The Olbrich Botanical Gardens allow you to fawn over the flora and fauna any time of year.

Image via Flickr by Richard Hurd

Image via Flickr by Richard Hurd

Lake Monona allows you to get out on the water and cool off in the heat of summer. Devil’s Lake offers adventurous rock climbing for the bold of heart.  Ella’s Diner is a fun stop whether you’re traveling with kids, or just adults.

Mackinac Island, Michigan


If you’re looking for the perfect getaway in the summer, make sure to visit Mackinac Island. The Grand Hotel of Mackinac is well-known as the world’s largest summer hotel.

When you head to Mackinac, you need to leave the car behind. In fact, the only vehicles allowed on the entire island are emergency vehicles. Throughout the town, you’ll find bikes and people walking around. It’s easy, since the island is only 8.3 miles.

When visiting the island, don’t forget to pick up some delicious homemade fudge from one of the many fudge shops, such as Joann’s Fudge, Sander’s Candy, or Ryba’s Fudge.


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