It’s summer! And that means that the theme parks in the Midwest once again open their gates for thrill seekers to get their adrenaline fixes! I think the Midwest gets a little overlooked when it comes to USA theme parks, with the masses flocking to the likes of Orlando or California (Disney, I’m looking at you…) but do you know what, the Midwest has some beasts for rollercoasters with the added benefit of reasonably priced tickets and line wait times being shorter! Win win! I teamed up with some fellow travel bloggers to share with you some of the best amusement parks in the Midwest!
It’s hard to find the words to describe just how crazy the City Museum in St Louis is. The best I can come up with is a ‘giant creative steam punk playground’! It’s definitely not your typical museum! It’s literally a giant mash of sculptures, where everything can be climbed on/up/through or slid down! This is the work of Bob Cassilly and his team of 20 other artists and sculptors! The City Museum opened in 1997 and is built in a disused building that was part of the International Shoe Company Factory.
Ever dreamed of hitting the open road and doing an all American road trip? How about a trip down historic Route 66?! Stretching 2448 miles across America, starting in Chicago, Illinois and finishing up in LA, California, taking in a total of 8 States. This is my tried and tested 16 day Route 66 Road Trip Itinerary with side trips to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas (so essentially stepping foot in 9 States!). I include: the daily miles covered, travel time (with stops), must see roadside attractions, where to stay and where to eat!
The Mississippi River is over 2000 miles long and stretches across 10 US States. It’s packed full of history and is an area I would love to learn more about. This photo essay will include various views of the River from 3 different Midwest States: Iowa, Illinois and Missouri!
Back in 2011 when I drove the length of Route 66 with my family, we were gutted that by the time we reached St Louis (Missouri), there were no available tickets left on sale for that day to go to the top of the Gateway Arch. It’s exactly what it says on the tin, a giant 630ft silver archway that is the ‘Gateway to the West’ for those crossing the Mississippi River. When I returned a couple of weekends back, I had my fingers crossed that the same wouldn’t happen again! Luck was on my side and I was finally able to experience it.
One of the items on my USA bucket list was to visit a Major League baseball game. I remember playing a game on the computers at school where you were a food vendor at a baseball game and you had to throw packets of peanuts at the customers that were waving at you…there was a huge part of me that wanted to see peanut packets flying round the stadium (of course thanks to health and safety, this doesn’t actually happen in real life)! I knew food was going to be expensive but we couldn’t help but pig out on our recent trip to watch the Cardinals play at the Busch Stadium in St Louis. Here are some of the best places to eat before and during the game!
Route 66. Dating back to 1926. The classic American road trip, spanning 2448 miles across 8 States from Illinois, all the way to California on the West Coast. There is SO much to see and do. I spent just under 3 weeks (with a side trip to Vegas) on the road, averaging roughly around 300 miles day, but we did have to by pass some attractions. It’s impossible to stop at every museum and gift shop after all! Most of the Route passes through little forgotten towns, these are often where you’ll find the friendliest of people that are so happy to talk about their life on Route 66. Here’s a list of some of my must see Route 66 attractions, that I believe are well worth a stop.