Don't overlook the Midwest, there is more than meets the eye in the heartland of America.
With vast expanses of relatively flat, landlocked farmland the Midwest is often unfairly dismissed. But while it doesn’t necessarily have the well known attractions that draw people to other parts of the country, you don’t have to look hard to find incredible natural beauty and vibrant cities.
Chicago is one of the great American cities with stunning architecture, a thriving art and music scene, and great museums. It is also the starting point of America’s most famous road, Route 66.
The Great Lakes, on Chicago’s doorstep boast stunning beaches, tranquil state parks and unspoilt islands, whilst further west the Badlands of Dakota are home to haunting deserts and the famous Mount Rushmore.
The Midwest is a cultural crossroads and historically attracted large numbers of Northern European migrants, Germans to eastern Missouri, Swedes and Norwegians to Wisconsin and Minnesota. The friendly, open and straightforward Midwesterner is a stereotype that still rings true in many parts.