Want to plan a special weekend getaway with your family or partner? Here are six beautiful destinations close to home that you should check out!
1. Upper Peninsula, MI
If you haven’t visited Tahquamenon Falls State Park, you’re missing out! This gorgeous set of waterfalls (Upper and Lower) are located about two hours north of the Mackinac Bridge. In the winter, the falls may freeze, leaving a sparkling fountain of ice coming from the rocks. Hike or snowshoe through four miles of marked forest trails and scenic lookout points. Or rent a snowmobile and explore 130 mile of trails through the area.
Bonus UP spot!
Ever want to try dog sledding but can’t make it to Alaska? You’re in luck! At Nature’s Kennel Sled Dog Racing and Adventures, you can learn how to drive your own sled or simply go along for the ride. Sign up for a half-day, full-day, or overnight trek, all of which are guided by dog sledding veterans. Experience the beautiful evergreen forests of the Upper Peninsula like you’ve never seen them before! You can even apply to adopt a retired sled dog!
2. Door County, WI
Visit the gem of northeast Wisconsin – Cave Point County Park! Here, Lake Michigan waves have eroded the limestone cliffs over time, leaving stunning rock faces behind. Waves can sometimes reach up to 30 feet! After spending time in nature (hiking, ice fishing, ice skating, and more!), you can venture into the quaint town for shopping, restaurants, and wine tasting tours.
3. Hocking Hills, OH
This winter wonderland boasts numerous indoor and outdoor activities. Enjoy sledding at one of the local parks or tuck in with a blanket and a book at the Glenlaurel Inn and Cottage. The traditional Scottish architecture and décor offers visitors an old-world charm without breaking the budget. You can even eat a seven-course dinner while being serenaded by a kilted bagpiper!
4. Starved Rock State Park, IL
At Starved Rock State Park, you’ll get the chance to witness our majestic national bird in its natural habitat. During the wintertime, bald eagles come to this area to roost and hunt for prey. Book a room at the Starved Rock Lodge and cozy up by the fireplace for a relaxing winter weekend getaway. For the more adventurous people, ice climbing is also available!
5. Eagle River, Wisconsin
Super cool fact: Eagle River is the snowmobile capital of the world! You’ll spend hours zipping around 500+ miles of trails, both through the forest and on open straightaways. If you’d rather watch the action, be sure to visit on the third Sunday in January to see the annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby. This event attracts highly talented racers who speed over the track at over 100 mph!
6. French Lick Resort, IN
This stunning resort complex is made up of two historic hotels nestled in the Hoosier National Forest. Perfect for a romantic weekend getaway, you and your partner can enjoy fine dining, luxurious spas, and lounging in the pool/hot tub. The French Lick Resort is also home to a massive Vegas-style casino, complete with slots, table games, and sports betting.
Winter doesn’t have to keep you stuck inside!
Plan your next vacation at one of these amazing Midwest locations today!