midwest family vacation

Planning the Best Midwest Family Vacation

Finding a Great Vacation Without Much Travel

Have you been wanting to take a Midwest family vacation but need some ideas? We have got you covered with three of the best vacation spots for you and your family to enjoy.

The Midwest offers people the chance to disconnect from their digital products and stresses of daily life to instead enjoy what nature has to offer. You can experience the Midwest by making a road trip to one of the many family resorts.

Below, we will look at weekend getaways and vacation spots for you and your family to enjoy in the Midwest.

1. Big Cedar Lodge

Consider Big Cedar Lodge resort in your Midwest family vacation planning. It is owned by Johnny Morris, who is the founder of Bass Pro Shops. This one-of-a-kind lodge with its outdoor theme is 60,000 acres of “family-friendly” and “laid-back vacation” fun rolled into one. The lodge is situated at Table Rock Lake.

As it is owned by Johnny Morris, you can bet the fishing is going to be excellent. The resort offers around 100 boat slips and matching décor. The resort is located 30 minutes away from Morris’ first bait shop. Don’t worry if fishing isn’t your thing; the huge property has a collection of outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, water skiing and even clay shooting.

The resort is also family-friendly with its Kid’s adventure club and even has a go-kart track for the whole family to enjoy.


With six different ways to enjoy your stay at Big Cedar Lodge, you can easily find the accommodation that suits your needs and wants.

The accommodation includes lodge rooms, cottages, private log cabins, glamping & camping cabins. There is even golf accommodation, as well as exclusive accommodation.

Prices for Springview lodge start at $141 per pay, which includes a queen-sized bed. It also includes free Wi-Fi and a shuttle service to Top of the Rock.

The Valley View Governor’s Suite boasts double queen-sized and king-sized beds, with a gas fireplace and free Wi-Fi. Though the price is around $2,700 per day, it can accommodate up to 12 people.

2. Plan Your Road Trip

If you do not want to stay at a lodge or hotel and want to take a road trip instead, we have some excellent ideas for you. Road trips can be fun as you explore the area, but it is important to plan where to go and what to bring before you start. Even though you may not be staying in a hotel, you will still likely remain in a bed & breakfast at night to have a rest from driving.

Even though it is fun to plan your road trip, having a basic idea of what to do and where to go can help you create the best road trip yet.

Here are some road trip ideas for the Midwest of the USA.

Wisconsin's Great River Road

This route is around 234 miles long. It starts in the beautiful town of Prescott, Wisconsin, and ends in Kieler, Wisconsin. The trip is advised to be a five-hour drive in total and can be done in one day, but you won’t have time to visit all the sites.

You should make it a two-day road trip, allowing you to explore the areas and take in the stunning scenery.

Nebraska's Sandhill Journey

This road trip route is around 335 miles long and is best done during the springtime so you can view the world's largest sandhill crane migration. The trip consists of six hours of driving and is easily a four-day trip as it will allow exploring all the sites and attractions without rushing.

3. Oak Cove Resort — Lawrence, Michigan

Oak Cove Resort is a family-friendly resort for you and your family to enjoy. This old-school resort is a laid-back place where you can enjoy the Midwest’s slow and relaxed pace. It is situated roughly two hours away from Chicago but feels like an entirely different place

The resort offers many amenities and activities, such as canoeing, a game room, water sports, paddle boats, bicycles, kayaks and a heated pool for the cooler weather. The resort is also nearby some vineyards for your chance at a wine tasting.


The prices to stay at the Oak Cove Resort starting at $320 per night for two adults, and the kids' price range from free to $100, depending on their age. The resort offers cottages, coach houses, homes, lodges and duplexes. Each of these accommodations offers unique and quaint offerings that are slightly different from each other. It is truly a must-visit resort in the Midwest.

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