Make the most out of those waning days of summer. These legendary Midwest locations will treat you to thrills in the heartland.
Go from big city to small town in the Land of Lincoln, and check out some natural attractions along the way.
Walk Chicago’s Magic Mile
Known as the Windy City, Chicago’s skyline dominates the shoreline of Lake Michigan, and many visitors put the Magnificent Mile at the top of their lists. Just a few blocks from the lake’s shoreline, this stretch of Michigan Avenue is lined with upscale boutiques, gourmet restaurants, museums, and fancy hotels. If you prefer fresh air, hang out at Millennium Park near the lake and gawk at your reflection on the giant Bean sculpture.
Loving the Lakes
North of Peoria, Spring Bay offers a homey Midwestern getaway. At 200-acres, Sankoty Lakes treats visitors to three clear blue lakes, each more than 60 feet deep, along with a mile-long trout stream. Visitors also can go kayaking and canoeing on the water or hop on a Spirit of Peoria Cruise to explore the Illinois River.
Journey Into the Past
On the vast Illinois prairie, a thriving metropolis once hummed with activity. Today, the Cahokia Mounds preserves a Native American community that was larger than London in 1250 A.D. After visiting this 2,200-acre tract of archeological digs, travel across the Mississippi River and venture into St. Louis, home of the magnificent Gateway Arch.
Choose from these Illinois RV parks:
|Cahokia RV Parque, Cahokia||Sankoty Lakes, Spring Bay|
|Leisure Lake Resort, Joliet|
The Hoosier State thrills travelers with outdoor adventure and a creative spirit. Get a renewed appreciation of the Midwest.
Go Canoeing, Biking and Building Spotting in Columbus
Forty-five miles south of Indianapolis, Columbus offers both urban and outdoor experiences. In town, visitors can find out why Columbus is on the cutting edge of building design by taking an architecture tour. Active travelers can rent a vessel from Blue’s Canoes and paddle down the Driftwood River. Pump up the adrenaline at Columbus BMX, with dirt tracks designed for all ages and skill levels.
Relax in Remington
Located between Chicago and Indianapolis, Remington is the perfect spot for kicking back and appreciating nature. Enjoy a bottle of wine from Carpenter Creek Cellars or sip a tall one from one of the many breweries in town. To the North, the Indiana Dunes National Park on Lake Michigan is the perfect day trip.
Choose from these Indiana RV parks:
|Ceraland Park & Campground, Columbus||Caboose Lake Campground, Remington|
Stay near a celebrated city and in the heart of Amish country in the Buckeye State.
Camping Around Cincinnati
As one of the Midwest’s biggest cities, Cincinnati has all the cultural offerings you’d expect from a big metropolis without the huge crowds. Check out the Art Deco Cincinnati Union Terminal. This train station has been converted into a complex of museums, including the Cincinnati Natural History Museum, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and the Museum of Natural History and Science. Get outside on the Great Miami Riverway, with lots of places for kayaking as well as paths along the bank for hiking.
Explore Country Roads in Mt. Eaton
In Amish County, the community of Mt. Eaton treats visitors to a slower way of life, with serene country roads leading to Amish shops farms, many of which sell delicious Amish pastries. To the north, visitors can visit the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, ride coasters in Cedar Point Amusement Park and fish on Lake Erie.
Choose from these Ohio RV parks:
|Kings Island Camp Cedar, Mason||Evergreen Park RV Resort, Dundee|
Great entertainment and big-city excitement compete for your attention in the Show Me State.
Feel the Branson Beat
Branson is a showcase of wholesome entertainment. The town is packed with theaters that feature artists performing classic hits from country music, soul and pop genres. Nearby, Silver Dollar City dishes out amusement park thrills for all ages.
Near town, anglers can hook largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass on Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo. Looking for something different? Bowfishing has caught on in popularity, giving folks a chance to blend archery and fishing. Aim your arrow at carp, suckers, perch, catfish and gar in the shallow areas of Bull Shoals Lake and Table Rock Lake.
Meet Me in St. Louis
Towering 65 stories into the sky, the Gateway Arch looms over St. Louis as an iconic symbol of westward settlement. Visitors can ride to the Arch’s apex and get sweeping views of both St. Louis and Illinois across the Mississippi. For a quirky attraction that’s great for kids, the City Museum showcases exhibits that include a giant aquarium, architectural museum and art activities. Climb the winding tunnels and stairs of the epic play structures.
Choose from these Missouri RV parks:
|America’s Best Campground, Branson||Sundermeier RV Park, St. Charles|
|Musicland Kampground, Branson|