Chicago isn’t the only major city in the Midwest of the United States. If you live in the area, it’s relatively easy to plan a long weekend in St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Kansas City, Milwaukee or Indianapolis, which are all well-connected by plane and bus or rail.
Though these cities (with the exception of Chicago) don’t rank high on the list of “must-see” cities in the US, each one offers plenty to see and do for a few days and can give you a deeper glimpse into the history of the US. From the decline of the auto-industry to the rise of brewing in the US to the beginning of the westward expansion, each of these cities played an important role in the history of the country. They may lack the flash of cities like New York and Los Angeles, but they’re no less worthy of a visit.
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For more information on how to get to each city, where to stay, and what to see and do while there, check the links below.