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When you’re not able to take a long distance flight or a lot of vacation time off work, traveling closer to home is a great option. You’re still able to visit a new place, plus it’s much more affordable than a far-flung destination. If you haven’t considered exploring the midwest before, this article may cause you to add it to your bucket list, even if for a “staycation”. Here are five great choices in the midwest.
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City is a fantastic city to explore with many interesting attractions. To save money, consider traveling during the off-season. You’ll find the best rates in October where hotels are unable to fill all of their rooms. Mid-range hotels, such as the Best Western Plus Seville Plaza Hotel, drop their room rates to $100 a night. This hotel is in a prime place, within walking distance of the popular Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. If you’re looking for cheap or free activities, check out the Hallmark Cards headquarters for free exhibits for kids, and the Crown Center for over 60 shops and restaurants.
Indianapolis is an epic city that you have to see. From a bustling downtown to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there’s something for every taste. Affordable lodging is available at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, which offers modern amenities like free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and a swimming pool. You can book even the most luxurious hotel at a great price if you travel during the off-season. Stay overnight at a downtown hotel and walk all over the city, enjoying a cultural experience at a museum or dining at an upscale restaurant.
Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines has a variety of cheap hotels that allow you to explore and its surroundings. Known for its ecotourism, there are several outdoor adventures like biking or stand up paddle boarding. For music lovers, there are outdoor concerts in the summer months. For history and art lovers, there are museums to engage in a variety of topics.
Champaign has many budget hotels where you won’t empty your bank account on hotel rates. A mid-range hotel costs only $70 a night on average, and you can stay at a no-frills hotel for only $40 a night. Champaign has museums and even a planetarium. There are parks to have a picnic or enjoy a leisurely walk. As a university town, there are fantastic restaurants, bars, and clubs.
Bloomington has the best of both worlds: gorgeous nature and one of the biggest shopping centers in America. The Mall of America is the city’s largest attraction with over 500 shops and many indoor adventures. There are many cheap hotels right near the mall, including the Country Inn & Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, and Ramada. You can have outdoor adventures in all seasons, with opportunities to hike and swim in the summer, and chances to ski, snowboard and snowshoe in the winter. There are many affordable hotels in Bloomington, especially between October and April in the low season.