Did you know that today, January 29, is National Plan for Vacation Day? I LOVE planning vacations and what better time to start planning? I reached out to fellow travel bloggers to learn about their favorite vacations from 2018, and wow did they pull through! Here are 16 recommendations of where you should travel with your family.
So tell me, have you started planning your vacations this year? Where do you plan on going this year? Did I miss your favorite vacation?
Alicia from Making Time for Mommy instantly felt relaxed the moment they arrived in Put-in-Bay. I totally agree! They visited the Chocolate Museum and the Aquatic Visitor’s Center. Two places we definitely need to check out when we revisit. Tonya from Raising Your Pets Naturally brought her cute pups to Put-in-Bay. Look at all the dog-friendly things to do!
Lake Erie Shores, Ohio
Tiffany from The Kids Did It highlights the Lake Erie Shores lighthouses. So cool! On our last visit to the area, we saw the tiny Port Clinton lighthouse and was bummed we couldn’t see Marblehead Lighthouse. Next time!
Tuscarawas County, Ohio
Have you heard of Tuscarawas County in Ohio before? I didn’t either until I read Brandy’s post from Gleason Family Adventure. Her family had a great time visiting the train museum, the breathtaking Warther Museum and Gardens, and more! She also mentions a great tip — hit up the CVB of the area you’re in to gain insider info on places to stay, eat, and things to do.
Rock City, Illinois
Lena from Way 2 Good Life had an amazing historical getaway to the Arsenal Island in the Quad Cities. Since it’ss an active military base, visitors will need to show proof of residency. The small hurdle is totally worth it as you gain access to the Davenport house built 1800’s, Rock Arsenal Museum and the Union and Confederate cemetery dated back as early as 1863. (Her husband could have stayed the entire day at the Rock Arsenal Museum!) Sounds like a really neat experience!
Tip: The best time to visit is during Pioneer Days in June.
La Crosse, Wisconsin
This trip to La Crosse, Wisconsin from Michelle at SimplifyLiveLove.com makes me want to plan a trip to this Mississippi River town ASAP. You’ll find plenty of adventures from biking to fun on the river to even ghost tours. The quaint downtown shops look so charming, and the food looks amazing!
Credit: My Creative Days
Lindsay from My Creative Days also raves about La Crosse. After reading her post, I really, REALLY want to stay at the Charmant Hotel, a former candy factory turned boutique hotel. Looks amazing!
Indiana Cave Trail, Indiana
Crystal from Exploration America had an epic time exploring the Indiana Cave Trail last spring. She talks about each of them but this one specifically highlights the Marengo Cave.
Lincoln City, Indiana
Cindy from Traveling Adventures of a Farm Girl was pleasantly surprised on her latest visit to Lincoln Boyhood Memorial in Indiana’s Lincoln City. From the age of 7 to 21, Lincoln lived here before moving to Illinois. Here you’ll find a replica cabin, a village area, and more. She found the entire site beautiful, historical and awe-inspiring.
Thena and her family of Hodge Podge Hippie had a great time in Branson, Missouri, and she believes nothing could beat Fritz’s Adventure for year-round fun. This indoor playground looks amazing. From underground tunnels and a warped wall challenge to a ropes course and climbing telephone walls, this screams FUN. In fact, this sort of reminds of the wacky City Museum in St. Louis.
St. Louis, Missouri
Credit: Sarah Out and About
Sarah from Sarah Out and About had a fantastic year traveling. She recounts her favorite adventures here. Although it was hard to pick just one (they were all amazing for different reasons) her boys loved the St Louis arch staycation because had a chance to go to the top of the Arch, take a carriage ride, and experience their town like a tourist. If you’re in the St. Louis, you can’t miss the City Museum. Crystal gives you fantastic tips to enjoy this unique museum.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Kim from Oh My Omaha raves about her time on the car-free island of Mackinac Island with kids. I totally agree with her. Mackinac Island is one of my favorite places to be if we want to get away from it all. We loved our visit to this Michigan Island a few years ago especially our stay at the historic Grand Hotel.
We’ve always wanted to visit the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. It looks so picturesque! Crystal from Exploration America talks about two of her favorite cruises that she went on when she visited – a shipwreck tour and a Pictured Rock cruise. Both look amazing! I’d love to see these two one day!
New Ulm, Minnesota
Katy of KatyFlint.com wholeheartedly recommends New Ulm, Minnesota. Her husband (one of the hardest critics she knows) cannot wait to return. After reading Katy’s top 5 things to do in New Ulm, I’m totally convinced to visit, and you will too!
Badlands, South Dakota
Theresa from The Local Tourist recounts her adventure to the Badlands in South Dakota. (Psst. This is an actual excerpt from her latest book, “Two Lane Gems, Vol. 2.” ). I don’t know what I’d do if I saw bison roaming our camp site! Our epic road trip to Yellowstone included stops through South Dakota and it still remains one of our favorite road trips, ever!
Hamilton County, Indiana
Hamilton County is one of my favorite places to visit and Pam from Be Healthy Be Happy Wellness talks about fun in Hamilton County during Fall. I have yet to visit during fall, but any time you visit Hamilton County is a guaranteed good time. I’m definitely adding the coffee place to my list next time we visit.
North Platte, Nebraska
Gretchen from Odyssey Through Nebraska had a lot of great adventures in North Platte. You can choose from a fun children’s museum, the railroad, plenty of food, and more. When my family and I made the epic road trip to Yellowstone we actually made a stop in North Platte on our way back home. Although I do have fond memories of eating a delicious runza when we were there, I totally wished we knew about these spots!
Mason City, Iowa
Stacy from Tangled Up in Food suggested visiting Mason City, Iowa to see world’s only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel, plus a neat food scene—everything from a classic steakhouse and peach ice cream to third-wave coffee and sushi. I would love to check out the architecture all around town. So fascinating!
Looking for more suggestions on where to go in the Midwest? Read on to find these 19 Hidden Gems in the Midwest to visit with your family.