3 Great Spots to Visit in the Central States This Spring Break

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Planning a vacation in the Midwest this spring break? Consider one of the 3 great spots we’ve rounded up!

Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is a melting pot of mixed cultures and for the adventurous foodie, might be just the place to visit. Families from Ukraine, Poland and Puerto Rico have all settled in Chicago, and expressions of their cultures can be found in museums, churches and cafes where traditional dishes are served. And of course, you can’t forget about the famous Chicago deep-dish style pizza from one its most famous pizzerias, Lou Malnati’s, which has locations all over the city!
For an educational afternoon blending history and culture, considering visiting the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Then pop over to the nearby Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago for a guided tour ranging from celebratory to somber. Though it may be a small museum, the stories it has to share will stay with you long after you’ve left.
Incorporate some exercise on your trip via a walk; enter through the Wood Street entrance to the 606. Once an elevated rail line, the 606 now serves as a wide and welcoming walkway that is frequented by runners, parents with strollers, and cyclists. It runs through the northwest-side neighborhoods.
If you haven’t yet satisfied your cultural interests, check out the art in the Humboldt Park, where the oldest surviving structure resides, The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture. Later, indulge in some Puerto Rican specialties at the park’s cafe.
For the sports fan in the group, don’t forget to stop by Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field. Enjoy a loaded hot dog while you’re there; it’s the American way after all.
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Austin, Texas
There’s a widespread notion that everything is bigger in Texas, and Austin certainly doesn’t disappoint, with its extra-large margaritas, tacos, and bustling metropolis. Over 100,000 new residents have been welcomed since 2010, putting the city on trend to hit a million inhabitants in the next few years! If you’re looking for a fun new spot to spend your spring break, Austin should definitely be near the top of the list for consideration!
For first-time visitors, must-see destinations include Lady Bird Lake, the State Capitol, and the huge bat colony that lives under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.
The colloquially termed SoCo, or South Congress Avenue, has been a countercultural favorite for generations, yet new shops are constantly popping up, aligning with the growth of the city as a whole. The sleek South Congress Hotel is a must-visit destination for libations and appetizers, especially after a day of shopping.  
For the live music lover, consider stopping by Geraldine’s, inside the new Hotel Van Zandt, which offers live concerts every day of the year. Enjoy amazing views of the downtown skylines while you listen to anything from modern indie-rock to traditional blues to country.
Enjoy some art while you’re in town. Visit places such as the Wade ArtRoom for an intimate art experience, or stop by East Austin’s long-running Pump Project, a warehouse featuring the works of a variety of artists. Later, check out the Contemporary Austin museum, a beautiful villa which merged with a sculpture park, to create this unique spot.
Whatever your pleasure in Austin, you’re sure to enjoy your spring break vacation in this amazing city!

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Visit the Great Lakes
The Great Lakes consist of 5 lakes and span 8 states. They contain a fifth of the world’s freshwater and cover an area of around 95,000 square miles. They are often considered inland seas, with major cities on their fringes, as well as fishing ports, surfing beaches, historic lighthouses, highways, and car-free islands.
Though some may say parts of the region have seen better days, the southern shores harbour port cities that were built around epoch-making industries. Among the ruins of the Rust Belt you’ll find shimmering architecture, tasty gastronomy, and a passion for sports and civic pride; all mainstays of the Midwestern experience. Let’s not forget some of the artistic legends whose roots lie in this area; notably, Bob Dylan, Ernest Hemingway, and Kurt Vonnegut, all of whom are celebrated in museums, trails, and libraries.
For visitors aching for an outdoor adventure, natural beauty surrounds Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. One will enjoy rugged cliffs, rocky peninsulas, and towering dunes, with the occasional township scattered here and there. Additionally, forested and pristine national parks provide protected habitats for the likes of black bear, moose, white-tailed, deer and more! For some spectacular hiking, we advise a trip to the Porcupine Mountains.

For a more refined visit, check out some of the cities along the Great Lakes. Visit galleries and museums, and enjoy some upscale gastronomy. No matter the type of trip you have in mind for spring break, the Great Lakes region has you covered. What are you waiting for?!