One of my all-time favorite road trips included a cross-country journey from Washington, DC to Eureka, California. Along the way, I had the privilege of stopping to explore the many communities that make the Midwest one of the world’s best locations to live, work and play. I covered some of the Best Small Towns to Visit in the Midwest already, but there are so many to choose from we brought you 5 more! Here are more of the best small towns in the Midwest.
Whether you yearn for antique shopping, cozy inns, or simply a slower pace, the Midwest has a number of small towns that pack a mighty punch. Be sure to explore one (or more) of our favorite communities in the Midwest during your next small-town getaway:
Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Located in the heart of the northern Door County peninsula, Fish Creek features the fun, character and charm of Wisconsin small town life. Embracing a heritage that began with humble farmers, lumberjacks and fisherman, the friendly town’s rich history can be found in the architecture, tree-lined streets and throughout the walkable community. There are also more than two dozen art galleries to explore!
Traverse City, Michigan
Wineries at Traverse City
Traverse City, known as a four-season playground, is now celebrated for quality cuisine, wine and culture. Slip your paddle-board into the Boardman River’s slow current south of Traverse City, and you’ll quickly understand this northern Michigan town’s tendency to drive other towns a little crazy. The town is bustling with events and festivities all year long.
Irwin Conference Center at Columbus, Indiana
Some of the most enduring names in art and architecture have worked in the unexpected, unforgettable city of Columbus, Indiana. For me, the small town of Columbus also holds a special place in my heart, as it is home to my mother’s birthplace and the neighborhood in which she grew up. In a recent visit to the community of Columbus, I had the opportunity to visit the very place she called home. Lovely!
Largest Working Windmill in the U.S
Nicknamed “America’s Dutch Treasure”, Pella lies in Central Iowa just 40 miles SE of Des Moines. Established in 1847, this pretty little Dutch-influenced town has what claims to be the largest windmill in the U.S., shipped straight from Holland. Its quaint canal and historical village are sure to win any road tripper’s heart. Don’t miss the Tulip Time Festival May 4-6, 2017, which draws over 150,000 guests to the community over the course of the three-day celebration.
French Lick, Indiana
French Lick Resort & Casino
Sometimes, you just need to get away from it all. Escape the city and head to French Lick, Indiana, where visitors will find that this small town offers plenty to see and do! Test your luck at the popular French Lick Casino, play 18-holes at a championship golf course or hop on the French Lick Scenic Railway for a bird’s eye view of it all. This small-town Indiana retreat is closer that you think! French Lick is only about an hour’s drive from Louisville, KY, and a quick two-hour trip from Indianapolis.
Have you visited any of these charming small towns in the Midwest? Perhaps you have others you would like to add to our list? Comment below and tell us about your favorite places to visit!