The Best Places for Adventure in America’s Midwest

This is a guest post by John Crier

Adventure seekers need look no further than the Midwest of America. This beautiful part of the world encompasses everything that is so fantastic about the United States – it has stunning landscapes, amazing wildlife, friendly locals and plenty of opportunity for adventure.

Despite this, many people overlook the Midwest for the more obvious tourist attractions in the US. This makes it even more enticing to true adventure seekers and places like Trek America can arrange superb adventure holidays here. Be sure to check out these places:

Badlands National Park

This breathtaking national park in South Dakota spreads across 244,000 acres and here you will find dramatic rock formations, steep canyons, rolling grasslands and more. Rugged and beautiful, the Badlands is perfect for hiking and you are sure to spot all kinds of majestic creatures along the way.

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Black Hills

West of the Badlands you will find the iconic Black Hills mountain range which rises from the Great Plains. This area plays an important part in America’s history and it is home to the legendary Mount Rushmore sculpture and the Crazy Horse Memorial.

Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills near Badlands National Park
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Lake of the Ozarks

A huge reservoir in central Missouri, Lake of the Ozarks is a prime location for action and adventure. Here you can parasail, swim, go boating and more on the waters, or explore the caves, go camping and hike in the surrounding area.

Mark Twain Cave

The famous author Mark Twain made this cave an important place in his novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Found near his hometown in Hannibal, Missouri, the astonishing show cave seems like an entirely different world and quite unlike any cave you have ever seen. Whilst in the area, be sure to check out the Mark Twain National Forest which features some of the best camping in the entire Midwest.

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The Birkie Trail

The Birkie Trail stretches over 100km through the woods in Hayward, Wisconsin and attracts hikers, runners, cyclists, skiers and adventure seekers from around the world. No matter how you are getting around, you are sure to be amazed at the landscapes and wildlife that you find along the way. Each winter, the world-famous American Birdebeiner ski race is held here, so be sure to keep a look out for this if you are travelling the Midwest in winter.

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Adventure Tourism in the Midwest

The Midwest is sometimes overlooked, but it is a fantastic part of the United States and somewhere that features some of its best natural features. These are just a few of the highlights that you can find here, but due to the sheer size of the area, there is much more that is just waiting to be discovered.

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The United States is full of adventure, but no area so much as the Midwest!  With the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Mark Twain Cave, and epic outdoors activities, the Midwest is an outdoors lover's dreamland!

2 thoughts on “The Best Places for Adventure in America’s Midwest

  1. I’ve actually never heard of Birkie Trail, though I live south of Milwaukee! I’ll definitely have to look into it 🙂 If you love these activities, Devils Lake State Park is another really popular one in Wisconsin. It has some gorgeous views!

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