20 Places To Visit In The Midwest USA

After spending 4 years living in Iowa, I’m sharing 20 places to visit in the Midwest USA! My first experience of this area of the USA was actually back in 2011, as Route 66 starts in Chicago Illinois and passes through 3 of the Midwestern states. I have since explored 9 out of 12 states that make up the Midwest and here are a handful of places that I enjoyed!

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9 Things That Are More Expensive In The US Compared To The UK

I did a similar version of this on TikTok (before I got angry and decided to stop posting) and it went cray cray. As always these are things that were more expensive in my experience. Things can differ depending where in the US you are and where in the UK you are. Once upon a time, with amazing exchange rates, the US used to be cheap for a Brit, but now it’s pretty poor, it’s actually on the expensive side.

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Things I Miss About Living In The USA

This has literally been my most asked question since I repatriated back to the UK. What do I miss about living in America? Now I’ve always been pretty vocal about the things I struggled with. And I’m happy with the choice I made to return home. But of course there are a few things I do ‘miss’ (other than the obvious). These are based on my experience of where I was living in Iowa and where I live in the UK. Of course things differ depending on where you are in both countries.

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The Best Zoos In The Midwest USA

I think zoos are a great way to educate visitors about the millions of animal species that we share this planet with. Some establishments can be harmful…just look at Tiger King. Please don’t support places like this…It’s best to look for ones that have been accredited by boards like the ‘Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ and support global conservation efforts. These zoos are held to a high standard of regulations, so are a good place to start. I’ve collaborated with other Midwest travel writers, to bring you a list of some of the bests zoos in the Midwest!

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OHV Parks and ATV Trails In Iowa USA

I’ve been a huge fan of quad biking (ATVs) for a long time, going on ATV tours all around the world. While living in Iowa, we bought our own ATV so we could go trail riding! OHV parks tend to be free to visit and are under the control of the DNR. In these locations you’ll need a state registration sticker on the ATV, your vehicle must meet a couple of requirements (for example, have a width of less than 65 inches) and you have to wear a helmet. On private property, there aren’t quite as many rules but you’ll usually have to pay to ride on their trails. I prefer to trail ride, rather than going to a park. With trail riding you can follow a route or track through the woods and just enjoy driving around. Some of the OHV parks tend to be taken up mainly with terrain parks that are aimed more at dirt bikes. Here are some of the ATV parks in Iowa that we’ve been to!

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New Day Dairy: An Authentic Farmstay in Iowa USA

If you’re looking for a unique and authentic Midwestern experience, you should check out the New Day Dairy in Clarksville Iowa.  Dan and Lynn offer B&B accommodation on a working Iowa dairy farm!  Not only does the guesthouse have an observation deck (so you can watch the cows in the barn to your hearts content), but included in the price of the stay is a welcome tour and farewell tour that lets you get up close with the cows and the calves!

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Life In Lockdown – Iowa USA

Here we are, coming into the 8th week of lockdown and I thought I’d share an update of what life is like in Iowa, USA during this time. The last time I did a post was very close to the start of it all. Obviously I’m an expat, a Brit living in America and it was all about how it felt being cut off from my home. I can confirm that the crying has stopped. Well at the moment it has. For a while I was crying most days. But I’ve been lucky, my flight route is one of a handful of long haul flights that have survived the worldwide cutbacks. Knowing that it IS there still, gives me comfort. If it gets taken away all of a sudden, I guess the crying will start back up. This post is looking more at what day to day life is like, rather than the expat travel side of things.

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