From the great lakes to epic mountain trails, the American Midwest has something for everyone. While its mega cities are major industrial and financial hubs, the vast hinterlands are the engine behind the agricultural economy of America. While the cities like Chicago and Detroit need no introduction, let us today get to know a bit more about some of the smaller cities in the region.
The capital city of Iowa has grown fast in the recent years, but in its heart remains an endearing small town ideal for family visitors. It is also the center of art and culture of the region, and once you are done with the museums and art galleries, you can unwind at the botanical center and learn a thing or two about gardening. From the affordable luxury of Des Lux Hotel to the incredibly pocket friendly delight of Cozy Rest Motel, Des Moines Hotels will not disappoint you either.
Champaign is the home of the famed University of Illinois. Naturally, the educational institutions have also made it a hub of technology startups. But the attractions of Champaign are not limited to them only. It has scores of parks and trails to soothe your nerves while you can also visit its historic movie theaters or watch a game at the Memorial Stadium. Keeping the student community in mind, Champaign offers budget hotels such as Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Champaign and La Quinta Inn Champaign.
Indianapolis is a major business hub owing to its central location where several US highways cross each other. It has also become a major biotechnology and healthcare destination of late. But the best part of the city is the fact that it has taken significant efforts to preserve and showcase its cultural heritage. Its main attractions are scattered across several cultural districts. The city has also done well to develop all these districts into a connected “cultural trail” that was considered to be one of the best things to explore by the New York Times in 2014. For the best experience at reasonable rates, explore Indianapolis hotels such as Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre and La Quinta Inn Indianapolis Airport Executive Drive.
If you need a small town with excellent facilities and attractions to spend a quiet holiday, look no further than Traverse City in Michigan. It is the center of the Midwest’s wine-producing region, so vineyard trails are the perennial favorites here. Apart from them you have freshwater beaches, pristine wilderness, and even skiing slopes in the winter. Hotels in Traverse City do not disappoint with comfortable yet affordable options such as AmericInn Traverse City and Knights Inn Traverse City.
Minneapolis is a commercial hub that supports a diverse range of industries including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and technology. It has a thriving art scene and its art museums are some of the best in the country. Minneapolis is also a center of theater and other performing arts. Visit some its historic theaters or attend the art festivals to soak in the cultural heritage of this city. There are many budget hotels in Minneapolis. If you are willing to stay a bit far from the city center, you can get excellent value for your money in hotels such as Super 8 – Minneapolis and Minneapolis International Hostel.