12 Beautiful Midwest States

Martina Rosado
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Illinois

The Land of Lincoln

Illinois is an especially interesting state because it’s hard to argue with the quality of life. With its massive population and economic potential, the state also ranks near the top nationally for having a high quality of life.

The state is an amazing melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. A true testament to the diversity of the state is the array of languages in the Chicago metropolitan area.

There is no better place to enjoy spending the day than one of Chicago’s magnificent parks. Such fantastic parks include Lincoln Park, Grant Park, or Millennium Park. The varied landscapes of these places will give you a new chance to enjoy nature.

There are also many exceptional museums in the state. One of the most renowned of these is the Museum of Science and Industry. With more than 100,000 pieces in its permanent collection, the museum is considered the nation’s best science museum.

If you’re looking for a place to get away and just be you, you’ll want to stop by the shore this summer. You can spend as much time as you want swimming at one of the hundreds of beaches found in the state.

It would be difficult for you to not settle in Illinois at some point in your life.

Indiana

Indiana is one of the most popular vacation destinations for the Midwest. It’s home to great architecture, cultural sites, and the furniture manufacturer, Herman Miller.

The state of Indiana was actually a colony of France for a long time before becoming a state in 1816. Indiana’s natural resources include limestone and other stones that can be used in construction.

The state is home to the Indiana Dunes and many beaches.

You can also stay in Chicago, another popular Midwest destination. It hosts more than a dozen museums and a fantastic theater district. If that’s not enough, the city is also known for its sports, most notably baseball.

To the south, Indiana has the Outteribbean and the Mississippi River.

The cities of Bloomington and Evansville embody the values of Indiana. Bloomington is home to Indiana University, a locale for a number of great festivals and events. Evansville is also home to a number of festivals and events, including the World Pumpkins Enthusiast Festival, the Indiana Governor’s Kids Rock Camp, and the Indiana Greek Festival.

Iowa

Iowa (full name: The State of Iowa), along with North and South Dakota, is positioned near the intersection of two climatological regions which largely determine the local climate. The Midwestern United States (a climatological region in its own right) has a humid continental climate.

Although cold winters are common, especially in northern and north-central areas of the state, severe winter weather is unusual. Snowfall totals in the state are well below the national and state average of 23 inches, excluding Winter Storm Vanessa, which brought at least 18 inches in the state.

Iowa averages 225 days of Precipitation a year, the majority of which occurs during the spring months. Iowa receives an average annual frost annually. Winters have an average low temperature of 30F (-1C) and an average high temperature of 50F (+10C).

On a scale from zero to ten (with ten being the highest), the average humidity is 7% and the average summer temperature is 91F (32C).

Kansas

Visiting Kansas your first time may feel a bit weird because there are fewer people compared to other states–you are definitely not alone. If you ask most people from Kansas where they are from, they are more than likely going to answer Iowa because it’s essentially a continuation of Kansas.

The state had its name changed from Indian Territory to Kansas Territory in 1861. Upon statehood, the capitol was moved from Lawrence, Kansas to Topeka. Kansas was an independent republic for over a decade before becoming the 34th state to join the Union in 1861.

From the time that Kansas became a state until now, there have been one hundred and eleven different flags, six of which were officially adopted as state flags.

Kansas’s length from north to south is 206 miles and from west to east is the same distance. It gets around fifty inches of rainfall per year on average.

Michigan

Michigan is where Mackinac Island is, Land O’Lakes butter, and the Mackinac Bridge.

Vacation in Southwest Michigan like a local in the charming town of Spring Lake. Two days of fun awaits on your tour of the intermediate level Little Traverse Golf Club. The scenery is amazing, and the courses are filled with scenic holes and surprising golf holes.

In the fall and spring, go geocaching during the Treasure Hunting Classic, held in the Exhall Arboretum. January through March is also the time that the butterfly gardens are open. Take your love of nature and birds to Hidden River Birding Festival, with an emphasis on birds of prey. The Painted Desert hosts birders and artists during the ECOtourism Festival, and there are so many art shows to choose from.

Minnesota

In Minnesota, the nearby Beaver Creek is just lovely, and there are plenty of hiking trails that trek through the woods and offer panoramic views. In Bemidji, the Best Western Lake Bemidji allows you to take a break from the rest of the world on Lake Bemidji and enjoy the warm breezes.

Minnesota

Minnesota is on the upper American Midwest and is a land of many lakes and austere natural beauty. All the lakes in Minnesota are glacial in origin – meaning they were formed, and thus tended to, by glaciers and ice.

As a matter of fact, Minnesota is situated in position that has one of the longest stretches of inland water in the world. The silty dirt of the state was created by glacial action and makes up the underbelly of the big lakes.

The Solway Firth, Coquet Island, Northumberland.

This is a beautiful farmland in Northumberland in the UK. I love it because you can see clouds floating in the beautiful silty soil of this area. With over 130 foot high hills in the distance, the clouds seem like they are floating on the hillside.

This is a perfect example of how different things can look with different lenses.

Compare this to the same picture in the next 15 images below.

Here is a more directional comparison of the same area from various other lenses.

Here is the same area through a wide angle lens.

A stunning view of the Solway Firth from Coquet Island.

Missouri

Missouri is located in the Midwestern United States of America. It is bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. It is divided into the Eastern and Western regions, the latter of which is more heavily populated. The state’s nickname is the Show Me State, and that is because first settlers were told to find this Territory.

It is the eastern most point on the Mississippi River, and its western boundary, the 42nd parallel, marks the western edge of the central time zone. Missouri benefits from being at a midway point of the country, so the climate tends to be both humid and temperate. The regions of the state receive more rainfall than the western areas due to the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, and as a result, produce more crops.

Missouri first became an official state in 1821. Before that, however, the region already had a significant Native American presence. The Missouri area was occupied by a tribe that was related to the Shawnee and the Kansa, and they lived where Kansas City is today.

Today, it is home to many businesses, including breweries, hotels, and banks. It is the home of McDonnell Douglas, an aerospace manufacturer that later became part of Boeing.

Nebraska

Nebraska is a state in the Midwestern United States. It is the 9th largest state by area and 38th most populous.

North Dakota

Easygoing North Dakota is where scenes from Law & Order: SVU are filmed. But don’t think it’s all cops and bad guys. It is also home to the annual Fargo Air Expo, which hosts flights by some of the most prized private aircraft in the world.

Fargo, North Dakota, is home to the Fargo Air and Space Museum, one of the largest aviation museums in the world, which is centered around the "fifth engine" flown by Chuck Yeager and The Right Stuff.

Following the American Civil War, the railroads started arriving in North Dakota bringing growth and prosperity. The first passenger train started operating in 1872. By 1900 the population of North Dakota was over 100,000. The urban interest in the area was growing fast.

The entire country was amazed and in many ways stunned when the Wright brothers successfully flew the first machine that could travel into the sky in 1903. This was only five years after Englishman Wilbur and Orville Wright unveiled the airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

In 1908, North Dakota initiated a state highway system, primarily road bridges. By the early 1910…s, North Dakota was on the fast track to becoming the “boom state” of the west.

Ohio

Though not as much of a draw as it once was, Ohio is still a major landmass. It rolls south through the Northeast, becoming a peninsula in the middle of the country.

The history of the area is filled with Native American tribes, fur traders, and pioneers. You can see it all in the Ohio History Exhibit, which contains artifacts and land marks from the Stone Age through modern times.

Once a major site for industry, Ohio is home to the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

It’s not all history, though. Ohio also plays host to the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, the American Dream theme park, and one of the largest art museums in the country.

Head west and reach the state capital, Columbus. It’s the center of a major metropolitan area that boasts the Ohio State University.

As you travel south, the state becomes more rural and picturesque. There are rolling green hills and quaint village life, as well as a close proximity to noted landmarks. The Cincinnati Zoo is just a few hours drive from the cities of Cleveland and Columbus, and the ghost towns of Macksburg and Canton are just a few exits away.

South Dakota

The state of South Dakota is located in the middle-western region of the United States of America. It lies between North Dakota in the north and Nebraska in the east, and Montana in the west. The U.S. capital, Washington, D.C., is located in the state.

The state’s population consists of 714 thousand people. The capital is Pierre, while the largest city, Sioux Falls, is located in the southeast.

Famous for its museums and wide variety of wildlife, the state contains the highest density of badgers, curs, golden-mantled ground squirrels, prairie dogs, and night-swimming animals in the nation.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin is home to the third highest number of lakes and ponds in the United States, and more than 1,200 miles of shoreline. The number of sportsmen make free-ranging animals such as whitetail deer, ruffed grouse and wild turkey plentiful.

The colder northern climates, rare for a state, provide beautiful fall foliage in the popular fall sports of hunting and foliage viewing, while snowfall in southern Wisconsin provides natural winter sports such as ice fishing and snowmobiling.