If you’ve ever traveled by plane across the US, there’s a good chance you’ve been over what are known as “flyover states.” You know, the places no one really ever visits, but you need to fly over them to get to where you are trying to go. If you’re looking out your window from the sky above, you’ll usually see a lot of green, and not much else.
The Midwest and Plains region isn’t known for big flashy attractions, but rather lots of land, nature, fields, farms, and suburbs where people live their lives. But this doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do in these seemingly plain destinations. In fact, it’s the less traveled locations that often have the most to offer.
We’ve picked four places you should consider planning a trip to, with affordable accommodations to help seal the deal!
The city of Lake Ozark has so much to offer vacationers of all interests. Located right on stunning Lake Ozark, tourists will enjoy boating, fishing, jet skiing, swimming, and general relaxation overlooking the waters. Many water sport rental shops are located right on the lake to make it easy for you to have a fun day on the water. Great retail shopping can be found at Eagles Landing, while dining and entertainment is plentiful on the historic Bagnell Dam Strip.
Lakeside dining options: The Fish & Company, Shorty Pants, and Dog Days
Where to stay: Port Elsewhere
This tiny town has a fun and unique vibe that has been described as “part cowboy, part hippie.” Here, you can do all things from take an Introduction To Rodeo lesson or ride through hiking trails on horseback, golf at the pristine Teton Pines Country Club, tour Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks, or even visit the Raptor Center. There are ample opportunities for skiing in the winter and boating in the summer, making it a great year-round destination for those who are looking to try something new.
Unique dining options: Mangy Moose Restaurant & Saloon, Nora’s Fish Creek Inn, Roadhouse Brewing Co.
Where to stay: Jackson Hole Raquet Club
Nestled in the gorgeous Northern Black Hills of South Dakota lies the city of Lead. Once the home for employees of the Homestake Mine, it is now a quiet city bursting with a rich history that has lots of great features for those who wish to visit. Outdoor activities are the main feature, as there are dozens of opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, hunting, and fishing. In the winter, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling are the most popular activities. You can also take a closer look at the history of the area at Black Hills Mining Museums, Homestake Opera House, or The Days of ’76 Museum.
Local favorite food and beverage options: Bob’s Silver Star Lounge, Lewie’s Saloon & Eatery, Dakota Shivers Brewing
Where to stay: Barefoot Condominiums
Situated in Northeastern LaSalle County is the quaint village of Sheridan. This sleepy town is perfect for a relaxing, low key getaway and a great chance to explore the local goings on. Visit beautiful state parks with picturesque scenery, incredible golf courses, and fun local shopping and dining opportunities. Fishing and boating are extremely popular in the area, and views of rolling hills are everywhere you turn. If you are looking for a more upbeat adventure, the city of Chicago is just an hour and a half north!
Local dining hot spots: Calico Cafe, Old Mill Tavern, Cadillac Grill
Where to stay: Fox River Resort
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