The Midwest might be known for its endless plains and long stretches of corn, but states like Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and Ohio, have so much more to offer visitors. Whether you’re driving through or looking to explore the region, here are five pitstops you absolutely have to make on your Midwestern road trip.
Cloud Gate, Chicago
Located in Millennium Park, Cloud Gate is one of Chicagoâ€™s most prominent and well known sculptures. Also referred to as â€œThe Bean,â€ since 2004, it has become one of the most photographed attractions in the United States, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The stainless steel structure has the unique ability to reflect the sky and images into a gate shape, where its official name Cloud Gate was coined. This is a must see when passing through Chicago, not to mention the unique photographs you’ll have to post all over social media.
Tick Tock Escape Games, Kansas City
Kansas City is home to extraordinary BBQ, the Chiefs, and Royals, but an up and coming KC original, created with the locals in mind, is Tick Tock Escape Games. If you are traveling through with a dynamic and savvy group, be sure to visit Tick Tock Escape Games and see if you and your friends can escape Beasley’s Billions, Pyramid Paradox or Central Intelligence before your time is up.
Anheuser Busch Brewery, St. LouisÂ
Whether you are a beer connoisseur or just like to enjoy a cold one every now and then, the Anheuser Busch Brewery, located in the historic neighborhood of Soulard, is a Midwest attraction you can’t miss. The tour is completely free, and you will be able to see the ins and outs of how one of the largest breweries brews, manufactures and packages their beers. The tour lasts a little over an hour long, so bring your walking shoes and come thirsty. In addition to tasting delicious beer, you’ll see the famous Budweiser Clydesdales and their stables, brewing and bottling stations and get in depth history of how Anheuser Busch came to be. At the end of the tour, two free samples of beer are given, along with a soda and snacks for nonalcoholic visitors. Â
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Bayfield, Wisconsin
Located along Lake Superior on the Bayfield Peninsula in Northern Wisconsin, the beautiful Apostle Islands are a pitstop that shouldn’t be skipped. A whopping 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland make up a unique and beautiful view overlooking Lake Superior. This is a kayakers paradise, as they receive thousands of visitors from all over the world who rent kayaks and marvel at the breathtaking sea caves.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
Ohioâ€™s only national park, the 125 mile stretch of forest, limestone, caves, rivers and cliffs do not disappoint. If you need to stretch your legs, hike the moderate 2.2 mile Virginia Kendall Ledges trail that will take you through the awe-inspiring forest, where you’ll see large limestone boulders and enter caves. Next, cool of at the park’s most popular waterfall, Brandywine Falls, a 65-foot waterfall that is easily accessible and makes for an amazing photo opportunity. Last, hop on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, especially beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing colors.