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need ideas for midwest trip

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need ideas for midwest trip

We'll be leaving from northwest illinois and driving home to cincinnati at the end of May/beginning of June. We have a few days to spare and would love to stop and visit someplace but need some ideas for where. We've been to Indianapolis tons of times on day trips, we want someplace new. I don't want to deal with Chicago traffic. So anywhere besides those two places--central Illinois, southern Illinois, just about anywhere in Indiana, even Kentucky is fine (except Lousville, already been there too). We'll do about anything--hiking, museums, shopping.

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1. Re: need ideas for midwest trip

On my phone so it's a pain to link, but if you check out the road trips forum I've posted a couple of brief southern Indiana things to do responses. Think one is on an MD to Chicago thread and another on a road trips from Chicago thread (naming some states).

Will post a link(s) tomorrow, but thought I'd post something in case you check this before I do.

Later,

hlo

Edited: 10 May 2013, 02:25
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2. Re: need ideas for midwest trip

I suggest you look into French Lick Indiana. There are two restored hotels which are magnificent, several golf courses, a casino, family activities, etc. Also close to French Lick is Holiday World, a great family theme park - especially great if you have kids with you.

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3. Re: need ideas for midwest trip

Here's the links to my responses in the Road Trips forum. There's certainly some overlap in them, but there also might be something in one that's not in the other (both were drafted off the top of my head).

My response is #2 in this thread (this one is more complete):

…tripadvisor.com/…49422490

and #3 in this thread (it's *much* shorter):

…tripadvisor.com/…49390944

As an aside, I do mention French Lick/West Baden. The hotels, particularly the Dome, are worth seeing even if you don't stay there. Also, don't believe I mention Holiday World, but I do agree if you've got kids (or enjoy roller coasters) it's worth checking out. It is recognized as one of the best roller coaster parks by those that rank roller coasters.

That's all for now,

hlo

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4. Re: need ideas for midwest trip

I'd suggest going in a different direction - why not head east to SW Michigan and then head south to Cincinnati from there? We live north of Cincinnati and have a place near Kalamazoo, so we're obviously big fans of what MI has to offer. If you really want to miss Chicago traffic, then head north to Wisconsin and take a car ferry over to Michigan. There are lots of beautiful towns along Lake Michigan to visit - Holland, Saugatuck, South Haven to name a few. Also wineries and a number of micro-breweries. Enjoy!

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5. Re: need ideas for midwest trip

Southern IL has the Shawnee National Forest. A co-worker took a short trip to Evansville and they went to some KY park area across the river. A worker there said that if they are ever in the area, they need to check out parts of the SNF. Many years ago, I spoke with a person who would go there for weekend camping trips with college friends in the area. There is a well known area called Garden of the Gods. This place is on my eventual to visit list, might even consider going this year. If you go here, you can head east and check out Evansville, then further east is the Lincoln Boyhood home site. Across the street is Lincoln State park.

Now Indiana has a few decent areas. In the west central area are two state parks, Turkey Run and Shades. Both have great hiking. Currently the suspension bridge at Turkey Run is damaged. I think you can still get across the creek (large creek) and hike via another route, but parking might be limited. Something to call about or check their Facebook page.

South central Indiana is nice as well. Bloomington offers plenty of unique shopping, and just to the east is Brown County/Nashville IN. Nashville is a small town with lots of shops with home décor, pottery, etc.. Some shops have handmade items, others just mass produced stuff. Just down the street from the town is the entry to Brown Co. State park. Lots of hiking there, and a small visitor's center. Further east is Columbus, IN. A few specialty shops are located in Columbus, and there is a very small air museum as well. Along this area is I-65, and just north of the main Columbus exit is Edinburgh, IN which has a large outlet mall and a popular antique mall. South is Seymour, IN, and there was a smaller scale outlet mall, though not sure if it is still open.

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