There’s no better feeling than packing up the bags, hopping a flight to Hawaii, staying in a gorgeous hotel on the beach, taking lavish boat rides, swimming with dolphins and topping it off with a helicopter tour of the Big Island.
Then, two weeks later, there’s no worse feeling than looking at your credit card statement and realizing you’re several grand in the hole. Oops.
Sure, we all want a fabulous vacation, but at the same time, we don’t want to break the bank. That being said, there’s a tough push and pull between taking expensive vacations every year and going into debt or taking expensive vacations once every five years and going nowhere in between to save up.
There has to be a better way, right?
Right. Many people may not consider the following phrase, ever, especially not when planning a trip: Midwest vacations.
Believe it or not, a trip to the Midwest could be your middle ground between expensive vacations and not vacationing at all. Whether you just want to save some money, get away for a quick trip, visit family or explore a new area, a Midwest vacation has more to offer than you might think.
The Best of the Midwest
The Indianapolis Children’s Museum: Ranked as one of the top children’s museums in the world, and title-holder as the largest in the world, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum has enough to keep your kids busy for an entire day. Established in 1925, the museum has now grown to well over 400,000 square feet, features 120,000 artifacts and garners over 1 million visitors each year. With a seemingly endless spiral of levels and the famed Dinosphere, your kids will have plenty of information to take in. The exhibits are both fun and educational. Current exhibits include: Take me There: Egypt, Barbie, Treasures of the Earth, Frogs: A Chorus of Colors and Health House, among others. The rates are affordable, with plenty of coupons and discounts available in addition to a few free nights here and there.
While you’re in Indianapolis, you can take advantage of these additional attractions:
- The NCAA Hall of Champions
- Eiteljorg Museum
- The Monon Trail
- Canal River Walk
- Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis is an affordable city to live in, making it an affordable vacation destination as well. The prices of food and lodging are very reasonable, and most attractions are cheap, if not free.
The Shedd Aquarium: Located in downtown Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium is a fun, educational experience that’s sure to please the whole family. With exhibits that include Amazon Rising, Caribbean Reef, Polar Play Zone and Waters of the World, there are tons of adventures waiting to please your family and you absolutely can’t miss the dolphin show. Chicago is a great destination for a Midwest vacation: it’s affordable, centrally located within the Midwest and near water.
You can combine Chicago and Indianapolis easily and at an affordable price for a fast-paced Midwest vacation. With the money you’ll save from vacationing in the Midwest, you can save up for your dream destination!