The Midwest region of the United States in scattered with world-class city centers that attract visitors from all over the globe. Everyone seems to be aware that Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis and St. Louis are worth visiting, but there are so many other Midwest cities to visit where you’ll have just as interesting, cultural and fun experiences. Often referred to as the heartland the Midwest is home to the Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the Great Plains, the Great Lakes and some of the burliest winters nationwide. If you have yet to visit this beautiful region of the country here are five recommended, and often overlooked, Midwest cities to visit.
Fairfield County, OH
In Fairfield County, OH, just 33 miles of Columbus you’ll find the quaint college town of Athens, OH. Home to Ohio University, this small city is known for various other reasons. In addition, Lancaster, OH, exhibits interesting cultural centers like the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio and the Glass Museum of Ohio. The Lancaster Festival is also well-known for its fantastic display of music and the arts. Exceptional hospitality one Select Registry property just a short drive from Lancaster: Glenlaurel, A Scottish Inn and Cottages.
Louisville, KY is the largest city in Kentucky, and one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountains. It is known for being the home of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Fried Chicken and the University of Louisville. Listed on the National Historic Register is one of the city’s finest establishments, the Central Park Bed and Breakfast. Just a few blocks from downtown Louisville, and across the street from Central Park, this landmark bed and breakfast will round out your Louisville experience.
If you’re planning a trip to the Midwest, considering doing something outside Chicago and other well-known metros and head down a less trodden path to one of these quintessential Midwestern cities to visit.