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Top Five in Midwest Family Vacation Destinations

Lela Davidson is a mother and writer who is passionate about healthcare and education for women and children.


Whether you prefer the beauty of an urban skyline or a rugged mountain, the Midwest offers a family vacation destination for everyone. Take your pick from the entertainment of Branson, the sophistication of Chicago, or the wet and wild fun of the Wisconsin Dells. Take in the natural beauty at a Jellystone Campground and expand your family's horizons at Mt. Rushmore.

Just remember to keep your sense of humor when staying in small hotel rooms with your family as you encounter the best the vacation the Midwest has to offer!


Ozark Travel Tips - There are so many things to do around Branson. If you get tired of the glitz and glamour, consider some side trips. Mary Ann Powers at Ozark Travel Tips provides wonderful details and first hand knowledge of all things Ozark.

Branson Chamber of Commerce - Consult the chamber to get up to speed on all the area attractions, lodging, and seasonal celebrations. There's also a complete listing of all the shopping, including those in the Tanger Factory Outlet Center.

Phone Numbers for Branson Attractions: Shows, Museums, Golf, Theme Parks

Branson, Missouri

Branson, Missouri is one of the top place to visit in the Midwest with close to seven million visitors annually. Branson offers attractions and world-class entertainment for all ages, all in the gorgeous setting of the Ozark mountains. The flavor of Branson is wholesome. Shows are available for all ages and families will appreciate live performances in any of the city's 49 state-of-the-art theaters.

Families can enjoy a patriotic revue, listen to a cowboy poet reading, or take in one of the family-friendly variety shows. Magic and comedy share the stage with animals, acrobats, and special effects. Kids will love the dinner show at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede restaurant where they'll see horses and stunt riders perform amazing tricks.

Don't miss the Titanic Museum - largest one of it's kind!

By the first week of November most of Branson gets into the Christmas spirit. Christmas in Branson includes plenty of holiday-themed music, sets, costumes and production numbers.

Silver Dollar City has been named the number one theme park in the world by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions. This 50-acre, 1880s-themed park is set naturally into its surroundings and features more than 100 craftsmen demonstrating their skills. There are festivals going on from April through December including a Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, National Kids' Fest, and a Salute to the Great American Cowboy. The holiday music festival and light parade at Silver Dollar City was named one of the top 10 in the country by USA Today.

But wait, there's more. You can rent a boat and water ski on beautiful Table Rock lake, or spend some quality time in nature at Big Cedar Lodge. Save money for shopping because Branson boasts many outlet centers and the famous Bass Pro sporting goods super store.

Powder Keg roller coaster at Silver Dollar City


10 Best - You could make a whole vacation out of sampling the pizza in Chicago. Start with this review site that lets you know what people think of the pie at various restaurants. You also get price, location, and dress code information.

Top Chicago Attractions - provides more detail on all the top Chicago attractions. Find phone numbers and website links to everything mentioned in this article and more.

Famous Chicago Style Pizza


A Chicago vacation offers the finest in the arts and amusements. From the top of the Sears tower to the miles of paths along the shores of Lake Michigan, the family is sure to love the windy city.

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The kids' favorite among Chicago's world-class museums is sure to be the Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier. Kids can experiment with inventions, reconstruct dinosaur bones, play on a make-believe schooner. The Field Museum comes in a close second with it's full size T-Rex and King Tut exhibits. At the Museum of Science and Industry the whole family can walk through a huge, working model of the human heart. Plan a trip to the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum on a Friday for special programs.

The John G. Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium is the world's largest indoor aquarium. You can even walk through a simulated Amazon and observe the sea life there. The Brookfield Zoo is has been named one of the top ten family-friendly zoos by Child magazine.

Take in the city's amazing architecture, from the 110-story Sears Tower, which is the tallest in North America. Then get down on street level around the Loop to get up close and personal with sculptures by Picasso, Miro, and Chagall among other. If you're lucky you'll also catch a street performance of a group of bucket drummers.

Do not leave the city without sampling the deep-dish pizza. Chicago style pizza is like no other. You may even get kids to eat their spinach when it's piled on one of these culinary works of art!

Street Bucket Drummers

Jellystone Camp Resorts - Search for parks in your area with a handy interactive tool that lets you find parks based on the amenities you want. There are also wonderful tips to help less experienced campers get into the spirit. Learn about making the most of traveling with grandkids and planning a family reunions too.

Kaboose Camping Guide - Kaboose has put together an exhaustive guide for family camping. It includes games and crafts, recipes, and safety tips along with enough checklists to keep the planner in you happy for days. Not your average camping article!

Jellystone Campground Parks

Anyone who grew up with Yogi and Boo Boo will get a huge kick out of introducing these lovable characters to their kids at a Jellystone campground park. These parks are located throughout the Midwest and have become the favorite destination for many families. In addition to the joys of camping, Jellystone parks offer waterslides, pools, and bike trails. There's also the chance to get involved in sports like volleyball and mini-golf. In the evening, families enjoy quality time around the campfire, or at the movies!

The Warrens, Wisconsin Jellystone Park is one of the finest Resort Camps in the United States with a 50,000 sq. ft. Indoor Water Resort, and different styles of lodging to suit many tastes and budgets. Generally, the parks offer tent camping, RV sites, and cabin rentals.

Parks are franchises, independently owned and operated throughout the Midwest, so you'll want to check out the Jellystone main website and do a little homework on which park is best for you because the amenities will vary. Midwest park locations include Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Missouri.

Yogi Bear, Cindy Bear, and Boo Boo make daily visits to campers. If you're lucky, you may even get tapped to play Yogi or Cindy!

Yogi Bear Visits Campers Daily


Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells on the Wisconsin River is known as the waterpark capital of the world. There are several outdoor and indoor waterparks to choose from, as well as more than twenty waterpark resorts!

The indoor waterparks help contribute to the year round family fun at this Midwest vacation destination, but there's more to the Dells. The fall color in the Dells is spectacular and the area has plenty of campgrounds where you can experience the colorful change of season up close.

Cruise boats and the amphibious vehicles called Ducks take you on scenic tours to see the Wisconsin River rock formations. Afterwards, go to the International Crane Foundation, a wildlife preserve where you can see all 15 living species of cranes. There's no other spot on earth where you can see all these birds in one place.

Nearby Baraboo is home to the Circus World Museum, which boasts the world's largest collection of one-of-a-kind antique circus wagons. There are 50 wagons, some in the process of restoration. You can even watch as craftsmen toil away at reviving these treasures of American history.

There are arts-a-plenty in the Dells as well. Landscape photographer, H.H. Bennett is considered among the top 10 of the 19th century. He introduced the world to stop-action photography and you can see some of it at his studio on the Dells' boardwalk. Architecture aficionados can visit the Frank Lloyd Wright's Seth Peterson Cottage, the only home Wright designed that is available for rent to the public.

For pure entertainment, check out the Tommy Bartlett Show, a water ski extravaganza that is one of the longest running live outdoor entertainment shows in the country.

Circus World Museum

"Best of the Midwest" according to AAA

Just in case you need more convincing: Check out this article where the AAA Midwest Traveler magazine named Wisconsin is the best state to go on vacation.

Wisconsin Dells Official Website - This is a nice website that has a lot of factual information about the Dells area, but doesn't overwhelm you with ads. You can also plan your trip from the site and they've got nice bonus features including a waterpark essentials checklist.

Noah's Ark - The largest waterpark in the country with 45 waterslides, 2 wave pools, kiddie water playgrounds and more. Plus you get rides, mini-golf, shopping, and a dive-in theater. It's a multi-day park, and good news: 2nd day tickets are half price when purchased at the same time as the first.

Reader Poll

South Dakota: Black Hills, Badlands, and Mount Rushmore

South Dakota is home to amazing natural beauty as well as attractions to please any family. Perhaps the best-known landmark is Mount Rushmore, but there is so much more to see. Families can learn about the history of the Great Plains at various memorials and state parks. Kids and adults alike can explore caves, canyons, and hiking trails.

The Black Hills region of South Dakota is home to five national parks and memorials. The Mount Rushmore National Monument boasts 60-foot faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, carved into the granite of Mount Rushmore. The monument is best viewed in the light from sunrise to ten o'clock in the morning. You'll want to consult the calendar of events to find out if there are any special programs going on during your visit.

Make time to learn investigate history at the Journey Museum where you'll hear the scientific explanation of fossils and geology as well as the Lakota Sioux mythology of the origins of the Plains. One of the most popular exhibits is a hologram of a Native American woman telling her story in a tepee. Talk about bringing history to life!

Visit the Crazy Horse Memorial, which is expected to be the world's largest mountain carving when it is complete. They even project a laser show onto the five-story stone. Next, head to Custer State Park to see over 1,500 head of buffalo. The first Monday in October they have a buffalo roundup, but you'll need to make your plans many months in advance.

Wind Cave National Park has the fourth-longest cave in America. Explore a bit of its 120 miles of mapped passages. Mammoth skeletons are the main attraction at the indoor Mammoth Site in Hot Springs. From June 1st - August 15th the Junior Paleontologist Excavation lets kids ages 4 to 13 dig for fossil replicas, but space is limited so make reservations for this activity. A drive through the 244,000-acre Badlands National Park gets you a glimpse at bison, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep. And don't forget the wonders of Theodore Roosevelt National Park; this park is one of the lesser known paces to visit in the Midwest!


Travel South Dakota - With so many options in South Dakota, this website is helpful in putting it all together. Plan your route and accommodations on this hand all-in-one site. It's well put-together and has "hot deals" advertised as well.

South Dakota History - A family vacation to South Dakota can be so much more than recreation. Wikipedia is a great jumping off point if you and your family want to delve into the rich history of this region and the people who have lived there. Get kids engaged in learning while having fun!

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joaniebaby on April 27, 2012:

Thanks for highlighting the Midwest where I live. We have been to Branson, Wisconsin Dells, Mt. Rushmore and more destinations in the Midwest. With gas prices high, the Midwest has been our vacation place for sometime now. The Ozarks and Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky are other good destinations.

carolinemoon on September 29, 2011:

They are great places to spend vacation. Thanks for sharing.

charlie on September 18, 2011:

I think the midwest is severely under rated. There are so many great places to see and things to do. I am planning on taking a trip of there next month to lincoln. Thanks to my friend Ryan at my whole family will be joining me

Margaflores from Barcelona on July 13, 2011:

I'd like to go to Chicago! so.. thanks for the info, it's going to be very useful to me. First I need to save some money though...

Anthony on June 06, 2011:

Wow, Lela! This is a fantastic hub full of great info about the various destinations. I'd also throw in a link to help people find coupons for Branson such as:

Again, great job!

htodd from United States on April 17, 2011:

Thanks for the nice info

tom on April 06, 2011:


Kirsten Jaster on March 20, 2011:

lol, seen all there is to see in South Dakota 20 times across it. Including the not mentioned 1880 town which was totally awesome, in the 1990s they had Buck which was Costner's horse from Dances with Wolves, and a museum to a Casey Tibbs (rodeo. If you are on US 18 by Edgemont and Hotsprings you can see where they filmed Crazy Horse, and parts of Dances with Wolves was done up there as well as other places. Pan for gold in Keystone with your kids, ride the cute little railroad there too. Tour Jewel Cave in Custer, SD, see Bear Country USA and the Wild Horse Sanctuary. In Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota you can visit Laura Ingalls Wilder stuff, Walnut Grove Mn, Pippin Wi, and De Smitt SD. (de smitt is better)seems to me there is one also down in Missouri.(anyone else remember?)

In Wisconsin I'd call the Dells passe. Nice but...pricey really unless you're in the off season. Instead take a 4 hr boat tour of the Apostle Islands In Bayfield, or take the ferry across to Madeline Island. Head up to Sault St Marie, Michigan and take the Soo Locks tours, or just drive the UP Michigan has really awesome roadside parks that are FREE, and several of them include some really great beaches. In winter get your courage up and go Surfing up by Grand Marais on Lake Superior. yeah I just said surfing in winter on Lake Superior. Or if you chicken out you can just watch. Or watch the American Birkibiner in Cable Wisconsin in Late Feb/Early March every year. There is always lots to do in the midwest that won't cost you a small fortune, such as some of the featured places on the HUB list. as For Chicago, go see the U-boat at the Museum of Science and Industry,its so worth the wait in line. was never impressed with the Shed Aquarium, kinda tedious. nice, but not that great. you can also take Harbor tours in Chicago. theres those great big lakes out there folks, go play on them.

Pete Maher on March 11, 2011:

Awesome hub! I'm fond of all these places, but partial to the Wisconsin Dells. I spent my honeymoon there, vacationed there as a child, and have tons of fond memories. There is an awesome resource for detailed info on the Dells at

cressinia on December 09, 2010:

Have just seen a great movie 'Winters Bone' but it makes the Ozark mountains look anything but splendid

TheDisneyVacation on August 28, 2010:

Chicago would be a wonderful place,i have always wanted to check the card magic scene in Chicago.

Ann_Arbor_Fan on August 25, 2010:

Another great place to check out with the family is Ann Arbor, Michigan (you can win a trip to Ann Arbor or get more info at There is a wide variety of unique restaurants, boutique shops and kid friendly attractions. There really is something for everyone in Ann Arbor.

vacationer on June 02, 2010:

physical appearance of the place was commendable.. I'm planning to visit this place...

ashly on June 01, 2010:

hey what's up it so cool

tourtrav from Beijing, China on April 24, 2010:

very interesting, i would plan to visit in future.

mostewart on April 23, 2010:

Fun ideas. We tried the Jellystone park in Manti, Utah and it wasn't as fun as the site in Wisconsin sounds.

Lake of the Ozarks Vacation Rentals on January 12, 2010:

Close to Branson is beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. There are state parks, indoor and outdoor water parks, miniature golf, go-karts, shopping and much more. This is a great getaway!

yellowstonegirl from Bozeman MT on January 10, 2010:

I went to Custer State Park for two weeks this summer and it was an AMAZING vacation Between the wildlife, beauty, family restaurants and nearby attractions it was a must do family vacation. I enjoyed your Hub...

Nate Kelley on December 21, 2009:

Great info you have...look fwd to seeing more info you have going... Feel free to view my hubs... Have a nice Day

Danny Decay from Winter Park, Florida on December 10, 2009:

This is a really neat Hub, i'm sure families nation wide are grateful :)

vacationguides on December 04, 2009:

Great hub on the best places to visit in the midwest. I am from the midwest, chicago actually and have never been to some of these places that you have listed. Keep up the great writing!

Matt on November 13, 2009:

Jellystone Park in Warrens is bankrupt and vacant. Now we're left with it's memory--a huge, sprawling, ugly scar on a once-forested hillside. Isn't one Wisconsin Dells enough?

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 12, 2009:

It all sounds great. I really enjoyed this hub.

teendad from Richmond, VA on October 03, 2009:

I also found your hub informative, but I must say that I didn't enjoy my trip to Branson very much. It seems to be where some old musicians go to perform their swan songs.

Sexy jonty from India on September 14, 2009:

Very well written hub .....

very much informative ......

Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

Kimberly Bunch from EAST WENATCHEE on September 04, 2009:

Good Info! Here's a fun hub:

john on August 12, 2009:

Very well written hub .....

very much informative ......

Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

samanthagardner from Palm Beach Gardens, FL on July 22, 2009:

This hub makes me want to take my family to the Midwest for vacation soon! Thank you.

Jenna on June 25, 2009:

I would certianly look at Minnesota if you're planning a trip up here-- (in the summer of course!) visit the boundary waters, one of our beautiful national parks, the mall of america (and water park of america across the street!), the gorgeous city of minneapolis with great shopping, dining, and entertainment!, take a walk around "the lakes" & lay out at the beach all day.

J.J. on June 20, 2009:

I live in Springfield, Mo, we are north of Branson. It is a beautiful place to visit. There is a new outdoor shopping area along the lake called Branson Landing that is a must see. Table Rock Lake is amazing. Big Cedar Lodge has too many things to even list. Springfield is the World headquarters of Bass Pro Shop. I am not into country music, but you could spend weeks going to the shows. Chateau On The Lake is a first class vacation resort in itself. If you are a Brad Pitt fan, Springfield is his hometown and all of his family still lives here. He comes home and over the years has been seen out and about many times.

Montana Farm Girl from Northwestern Montana on June 19, 2009:

Jellystone, all kids from the 60's wanted to visit Yogi and Boo Boo!!! And, now that we live in Montana, I hope someday to get to Mt. Rushmore, one on my list of "must do" in my lifetime!!! Great hub!!!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 26, 2009:

WOW....owesome. those are amazing place to visit.I hope I can go there someday.

Avare on May 13, 2009:

Rate it up! Thanks for nice hub!

Lake of the Ozarks Rentals on May 08, 2009:

Great information on places to visit. I just got back from Chicago with my daughter for spring break. Went to several plays including Jersey Boys, which was excellent.

I'd like to throw a plug in for the Lake of the Ozarks. Lots of things to do and the lake has 1200 miles of shoreline. Plenty of room. Lot of water related activities and tons of golf courses. Plenty of things for the kids to do.

Nice hub!

Marketing Coach from New Jersey on April 07, 2009:

I like the Wisconsin Dells as well, nice info on it!


Derek on March 25, 2009:

Dont forget about Mackinac Island.

lindsy on March 15, 2009:


iMindMap on March 15, 2009:

It is definitely under my travel list. Thanks.

karthika uk on March 08, 2009:

nice hub. i think it's a guide to how 2 make a nice hub 4 me


when u gets time please check my hubs also karthika

teleassistência on February 27, 2009:

Nice travel picks... Next time I visit the US I'll make sure I go to the Midwest!

Peter Thody on February 27, 2009:

Not sure if this is permitted here but other travelers to SD might find this useful:

retirementhelp on February 23, 2009:

Great Info!!! My family and I vacation every year with no real schedule. There are some ideas that we will want to check out. Thanks!

Lela Davidson (author) from Bentonville, Arkansas on January 29, 2009:

Thanks, Camping Dan. The Buffalo is on my list!

Camping Dan on January 29, 2009:

If you are in Branson and love the water take the extra hour drive south and hit the Buffalo River up. This is one of the best floats around on a pristine river with lots of wildlife and scenic bluffs.

Lela Davidson (author) from Bentonville, Arkansas on January 20, 2009:

Thanks, johnny and Takz, for the additional resources!

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johnny on January 18, 2009:

We consider Michigan UP part of the midwest. A hop skip and a jump from Chicago or WI. We go there every summer - its nature, sports and a chance to see Bears and Deer in the same state as Detroit. Great for families. Less great for Jaded rocky vacationers. Some good guides:


Lela Davidson (author) from Bentonville, Arkansas on January 16, 2009:

Thanks, livelovecoffee. Chicago is a great city. I'm sure it's going to get even more fabulous and visited now that our President hails from there!

livelovecoffee from Georgia on January 16, 2009:

Thanks for the tips, and great hub! I really want to visit Chicago.

MomK on January 03, 2009:

Thank you so much! I enjoyed reading all of your information! I love the way you organized your page, and the information was up-to-date and engaging.

CRANTELListheNAME on January 02, 2009:

I was born in Sioux Falls, SD, and miss it so much. One destination you should add to your list is Jewel Cave. While wind cave is also amazing, Jewel Cave is literally a gem. I don't know how many times I've seen Crazy Horse, but it always seems to be stuck in the same building state. It has been that way for about sixty years now. Another fun spot in the Rapid City area, though not a large attraction, are the Cosmos; a fun shack built on the side of a hill that will make you feel like your standing almost parallel to the floor. Great article, you've persuaded me to ad Branson and Chicago to my list of "Must Visit".

Meg McNeal on December 30, 2008:

Great hub. I can't wait to check out some of the vacation destinations in my RV

Thanks for all the wonderful information

PR: wait... I: wait... L: wait... LD: wait... I: wait...wait... C: wait... SD: wait...

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on December 24, 2008:

I have not been to the Black Hills. But the others, yes. I live close enough to most of them. Chicago is fun and so are the Dells. Hope others take advantage of this hub and visit them.

Tirisacha on December 22, 2008:

DO come to Chicago, people. It's the best! Just be prepared to spend most of your money on parking, haha.

Jamster2759 on November 15, 2008:

Yes Branson is awesome. I totally had a blast there, from Silver Dollar City to the many fun shows and attractions. Very family friendly.

cheap travel on November 13, 2008:

Great hub , some of those places look really beautiful.

Jennifer on October 12, 2008:

Great info here! We visited SD a couple of years ago and it was wonderful. I know it isn't really close to Mt Rushmore, but De Smet, SD is a great place to visit too if you like Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books. You can spend the night on her homestead even. Living history at its best.

JR from California on September 02, 2008:

Great hub! It's always good to find suggestions of things to do from people who have experience!

02SmithA from Ohio on August 22, 2008:

I loved this hub! Great information. I have visited many of the places on this list and my two favorite are the Badlands and Chicago. The Badlands are so unique and beautiful. Chicago is a big city with so much to do, and I loved Shedd Aquarium!

betherickson from Minnesota on August 21, 2008:

This is something I needed on my list for an upcoming family vacation. Great hub!

WOTPN on July 31, 2008:

great to know for my upcoming road trip!

xrated on July 21, 2008:

Beautiful Places.

In The Doghouse from California on June 16, 2008:


BTW, DUGG and Thumbs up!

In The Doghouse from California on June 16, 2008:


My parents are heading off on a trip for a couple of months across the nation.. this was a wonderful resource to give to them. Thanks for all the information and cool suggestions.

Lela Davidson (author) from Bentonville, Arkansas on June 10, 2008:

@emeyers24 - a little, it's still under $4 - for now! But it still beats airline tickets.

emeyers24 from Oceanside, CA on June 10, 2008:

Is the gas any cheaper in the Midwest?

Sandilyn from Port Orange, FL on June 03, 2008:

Great hub! You have really taken the time to pick out the best places and describe in detail where to go.

If I where going to travel I would print this our. I had no idea about Wisconsin Dells. It sounds like a wonderful place as I love the water. Probably why I live in FL.

The Black Hills are also a fantastic place full of so much history.

mcarolyn from Philippines on May 28, 2008:

i really long to have a vacation at South Dakota

6 pack abs on May 26, 2008:

Great hub! Nice vacations destinations...

Mike Geary on May 24, 2008:

Thanks for the suggestions!

Julie A. Johnson from Duluth, MN on May 09, 2008:

We do have some fun places in MN, too. But my son really enjoyed the Dells, and WI is beautiful in the fall.

Lela Davidson (author) from Bentonville, Arkansas on April 15, 2008:

Kari Dean - that is hilarious!!!

kari dean on April 15, 2008:

Terrific hub! I've always wanted to visit South Dakota. Seeing that picture reminded me of the time Cher said she thought Mr. Rushmore was a natural phenomenon. I'm not kidding.

Newsletters on April 15, 2008:

The midwest is great. I really need to Go there more often!

Medical Alert Calling Systems on April 15, 2008:

Very good vacation picks! Great hub! Thanks.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on April 11, 2008:

really good hub. we never hear about the midwest in the uk.

seamus on April 09, 2008:

Chicago and SD sound like a lot of fun. I would not have thought of Branson. =) Thanks for the tip!

cyndeehaydon from Clearwater Florida on March 25, 2008:

Wow - the only one I've ever been too is Chicago but the all look like great places to visit - you made me want to pack my bags now :)

Marian on March 18, 2008:

I would love to visit the mid-west. We have always visited on the east coast because we grew up in NY and need to start seeing the beautiful scenery elsewhere! If you want to visit the Georgia Mountain on the East Coast, visit our cabin rental site:

TattooSara on March 12, 2008:

Great page now I can't wait to go and plan my next family vacation...only need the $$

Steiff Bears on March 09, 2008:

What a great hub.... Thanks for sharing it.

Joanie Ruppel from Texas on March 07, 2008:

It's hard on one page to list all the great places to visit in the Midwest, but I like several of those you have listed. The most recent we have seen is the South Dakota spots, and the Badlands rivaled the Painted Desert in Arizona as a most spectacular work of nature that stretches for miles, while Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse were great man-made works. Mount Rushmore at night is breathtaking.

YourTouristGuide from Valley of the Heart's Delight, California on February 28, 2008:

Your layout for this hub (your hubdesign? I'm new here...) is AWESOME, and your info is FABU, as well. I was married in Branson, MO -- at Silver Dollar City's glass-altered Wilderness Chapel. It's a spectacular setting. That was 24 years ago, though, and A LOT has changed in Branson since that time. Even still, "number one theme park in the world" is a little hard to fathom. Perhaps I will try to get back there and check it out sometime during our Silver Annivesary year. Thanks very much for the trip down Memory Lane!

bloggerjb on February 12, 2008:

Cool, thanks, I'm driving across the US this april or july and i'm going to yellowstone and mount rushmore already. i'll keep in mind your other destinations!

Bug Mee from Great Midwest on February 06, 2008:

Love it!!!

Elisabeth Sowerbutts from New Zealand on November 01, 2007:

Nice hub - if I ever get to the US I could use some of the info here, its not a part of the country well-known to overseas visitors

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