The Best of the Midwest: 4 Must-See Places in the Midwest

Gateway Arch in St Louis

windmills in the midwest

What better way to start your tour of the Midwest, than to have a proper greeting and entrance. And there is no better landmark to greet you than the Gateway Arch in St Louis. This enormous piece of architecture is a sight to behold, as this signifies America’s great expansion to the west.

And if you’re more interested in its’ history, you can catch its newly expanded underground museum to definitely feel more immersed in the rich culture that this great landmark has to offer.

Our friend Lorie Nelson, owners and founder of a great US based virtual assistance agency called Signature Virtual Assistance lives and bases her business near the St Louis area. Aside from being a great place to visit. St Louis is also an excellent place to start a business. With a low cost of living, and many great businesses, St. Louis is a great place to call home and work.

And now that you’ve had a proper entrance to the Midwest, it’s time to head on to somewhere a bit more cozy. In that case you should head over to the Midwests’ own Great Lakes Bay Region. From the name itself, this place has all that you need to get that outdoors and fresh air feeling.

And with the amazing outdoors right in front of you, you’ll have numerous things to enjoy and experience. Such as the BaySail – Autumn Color Tour River Cruises. It’s a cruise that would take you upriver and on an amazing tall ship schooner.

Not feeling the cruise? Then there’s more to this place than boat rides along the river. Why not go for a bit of an adventure through the Frankenmuth Aerial Park, and be immersed in one of the most fun and lively activities to date in the Midwest. With interests like rope climbing, ziplining and even just casual walks for those who just want to enjoy nature.

Truly, the Midwest has so much to offer, and yet it still has so much more. Once you’re done adventuring the forests, how about some nice seats to watch over the Milwaukee Bucks’ basketball game? Or maybe you would want to appreciate some great art around the Milwaukee Art Museum? Or just appreciate some of the wildlife this world has to offer in the Milwaukee County Zoo? In Milwaukee you’ll have a number of things to do, which is why it’s the third in this list.

St. Paul, Minneapolis

And finally, the last place you should definitely visit in the Midwest, is none other than St. Paul, Minneapolis. This is saving the best for last, because as most of you may know St Paul because of a rather huge sporting event, A.K.A the Superwbowl. But there’s more to this city than just that.

Minnehaha Park

You feel like taking a break from work and just listen to the sounds of water crashing? You can visit the Minnehaha Park to soothe your nerves. Maybe you just want to go shopping, treat yourself and such. Well, St Paul has a huge shopping complex with a theme park called the Mall of America. Or sometimes you just want a change of scenery, pace and setting. Well, St. Paul has that too, and it’s a minor basilica found on its very own city block along Hennepin Avenue, and it’s called The Basilica of Saint Mary.

With so many sites and wonders to see in the Midwest, it’s hard to choose which one to start going to. So, hopefully this article will help you enjoy your stay to the fullest! 

4 Ways to Forget Work And Better Enjoy Your Vacation

free from work duties

People work so hard these days that it can be hard to leave work behind, even when they are supposed to be enjoying their vacation. One thing that makes it so hard for many to disconnect is the access they have to their work due to their mobile devices. With a simple click they can read work emails, connect to clients via Skype, or join in on a real-time streaming business related conference.

Not only do people tend to have issues staying away from work due to the easy access, but employers can also be more demanding when it comes to what they expect from their employees, even asking them to tend to work issues while they are off the clock. For these reasons, if you are on vacation you want to take steps to forget work and truly enjoy your vacation the way it should be enjoyed. Here are 4 tips you should follow:

1: Leave your mobile devices behind

When you are on vacation, you want to leave your mobile devices in the hotel room. If you want to bring your cell phone with you in case of an emergency, then turn it off and carry it with you. This way, you’ll have it if you need it, but you won’t be tempted by phone calls or text messages coming in.

2: Don’t let the boss know where you’re going

If you have a demanding boss you fear will hunt you down at your hotel, then don’t tell them where you will be. You might feel comfortable enough to tell them ahead of time that no one knows where you’ll be so you can enjoy your vacation. If you don’t feel you can be that honest with your boss, then you can let the hotel know to hold all calls to the room. If your family needs to reach you then they can text you and you can check your texts when you’re back in the room, or they can call the phone of the person you are vacationing with.

3: Don’t visit places that remind you of work

If you visit places that are going to remind you of work, then you might get caught up in thinking about all the tasks you have ahead of you once you return to work. So, if you work at an amusement park, then don’t visit one on vacation. If you work at an art gallery, then don’t visit art galleries.

4: Don’t engage in ‘shop talk’

If you are vacationing with someone you work with, make an agreement not to talk about work. While this may be difficult, you want to remember that you are on vacation and it’s a limited amount of time you have to relax and not think about work. If work gets brought up, brush it off and remind them that ‘shop talk’ is not allowed for the duration of the trip and the two of you can talk about work when the vacation is over. 

6 Tourist Activities that are Worth Checking out on your Next Family Vacation

Who said taking some time off to visit new places in the United States is wrong? Everyone deserves a unique, awe-inspiring experience away from their busy life. You better get yourself ready for that family vacation in the upcoming travel season. Traveling to new cities can be challenging especially when you have to deal with crowds and fight your way through traffic. Most people prefer skipping the obvious tourist traps and try to find more exciting things that seem to be off the beaten path. It’s, however, important that you reconsider the following ‘touristy’ activities as they can still be fun and exciting on your next vacation. 

Be Part of a Sporting Event

Whether you’re on a work trip or family vacation in a new city, going out to see a baseball game, basketball game, football game or any other sporting event is a great idea. You don’t have to be much of a sports fan to enjoy a local game. You’ll still have a great time even if you’re not rooting for any of the teams. Live sporting events provide a great opportunity for you to mingle and interact with the locals while getting a taste of a regional snack. Also remember some stadiums and sports centers are landmarks in their own right. 

Ascend the City’s Tallest Building

If you’ve been traveling long enough, you know many cities across the United States feature awe-inspiring architecture and landmark buildings. Some of these landmark buildings allow visitors to enjoy breathtaking views of the city from hundreds of feet about the ground. It feels almost the same as taking a helicopter tour across the city. This is one of those experiences you won’t soon forget. So don’t be afraid to spend a 30 minutes or an hour observing the city’s skyline. 

Go Hiking

Getting lost in nature is a great way to not only explore wildlife and the city’s rich history but also burn off some of the calories you’re putting on with those extravagant vacation meals. There’s no way you’re going to avoid trekking through the landmarks and national parks in your vacation destination. Hike through ruins for a more adventurous experience. 

Visit a Local Museum

Museums provide both locals and visitors with an opportunity to learn more about a city’s history, art, and culture. If you’re on a family vacation, your kids appreciate the learning experience from the city’s museums. You should, therefore, make a point of strolling through a couple of museums before leaving the city. 

Take a Bus Tour

You won’t find bus tours in all the cities or rather destinations you travel to around the world. However, this can be as simple as getting on one of those double-decker buses traveling across the city. Of course, everyone will know you’re not from around the city since that’s all that the bus is communicating. Bus tours are a quick, exciting, and low-effort way to explore the entire city. They provide you with an initial view of what the city looks like before you can delve deeper later. 

Some people don’t just like bus tours and would prefer a boat tour instead. Well, don’t shy away. You’re here for vacation, aren’t you?