Travel Planning
U.S. Midwest
Travel Planning
U.S. Midwest

U.S. Midwest at a Glance

The Midwest region of the United States is full of vibrant communities, thrilling attractions and beautiful outdoor getaways to spark your travel inspiration. The Midwest is home to the third largest US city, Chicago, as well as other major markets like Minneapolis/St. Paul, Columbus, Milwaukee and St. Louis in addition to a number of relaxing destinations for a spectacular outdoor retreat.

Visit Chicago and experience everything the Windy City has to offer from skyscrapers and deep dish pizza to shopping along the Magnificent Mile and the abundance of annual festivals. Roughly 300 miles south in St. Louis you can enjoy riverboat tours along the banks of the Mississippi River before stopping by the 630-foot tall Gateway Arch.

Travel farther north to Minnesota and Wisconsin for big-city entertainment and beautiful landscapes promoting fun outdoor activities. Wisconsin's Door County is home to luxurious cabins, scenic views and endless opportunities for hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, camping and more.The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul offer a unique combination of big-city entertainment, historical significance and endless opportunities for outdoor activities making it a can't miss Midwest destination.

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Regions
  • Illinois Illinois
  • Indiana Indiana
  • Iowa Iowa
  • Michigan Michigan
  • Minnesota Minnesota
  • Missouri Missouri
  • Ohio Ohio
  • Wisconsin Wisconsin
Popular Places
  • Chicago Chicago
  • Detroit Detroit
  • Minneapolis Minneapolis
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport
  • Major Airport Chicago O'Hare International Airport
  • Major Airport Des Moines International Airport
  • Major Airport Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather The mid-west receives winter storms, snow and ice. During the summer, violent thunderstorms have the potential to turn into tornadoes. Pay attention to the weather report year-round and dress for conditions.

Safety Concerns Depending upon your location in the mid-west, you will experience different levels of crime. Be prepared where ever you are traveling by keeping valuables out of sight and sticking with your group/

Health ConcernsThe mid-west has good drinking water and has no major disease outbreaks.

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