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This Stunning Park Has A Waterfall Staircase Trail That Provides Unbelievable Views

I have said it for years. Iowa’s Park System is vastly underrated. In fact you could even say its one of the hidden treasures of the Midwest. From the amazing caves of Maquoketa Caves State Park, to the gorgeous emerald spring at Backbone State Park. There is truly something for everyone in Iowa. One of my favorite parks in this beautiful state is Pikes Peak State Park. The park is located at 32264 Pikes Peak Rd, in McGregor, Iowa. For more information, click here.

The park is famed for its majestic views of the Mississippi River, Pikes Peak State Park is one of Iowa’s premier nature destinations. Located on a national scenic byway, the park features 11 miles of trails brimming with scenic bluffs and valleys.

One of the most unique hikes in the state is the boardwalk trail to Bridal Veil Falls, then follow the trail to Point Ann where you can overlook the town of McGregor from the top of a 500 foot bluff.

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This is a hiker’s delight and one of the most picturesque regions in the state, Pikes Peak is a must for anyone wanting to see the breathtaking views of Iowa.

While your at Pikes Peak State Park, you should still take a detour to one of the beautiful overlooks. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better view anywhere in the Midwest – it will truly take your breath away.

Pikes Peak State Park is a great place to camp, too, if you want to take your time exploring the enormous park. The campground contains electric and non electric sites, a modern shower, restroom facilities and a trailer dump station. Some campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and advance reservations can be made through the online reservation system for Pikes Peak State Park.

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This Epic Midwest Resort Is A Fantastic Vacation Destination For The Entire Family

The Lodge of Four Seasons is An Iconic Lakeside Resort On Lake Of the Ozarks. This beautiful resort offers a spectacular lakeside setting and incredible amenities! The Lodge of Four Seasons is located at 315 Four Seasons Drive in Lake Ozark, Missouri. For more information, click here.

This resort combines warm hospitality, a gorgeous lakefront setting and a host of amenities, to deliver an unparalleled getaway destination.

Here you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds from affordable guest rooms to luxury suites, casual eating to American fine-dining and live entertainment, world-class event spaces and a luxury spa.

Golfers will delight in 54 holes of championship golf. While the full service Marina provides access to a world of waterfront recreation. The Lodge of Four Seasons will surprise you at every turn. Take in breathtaking lake views, admire the beautiful Japanese Gardens or choose your own thrilling Lake Ozark adventure beyond the resort.

This 4 star resort is just a short drive from Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Watersports are extremely popular at The Lodge of Four Seasons, fishing, jet skiing, and cruising the lake are just a few of the onsite options available. The resort has its own marina and has a wide variety of boat rentals and even a few non-motorized crafts as well.

Besides the lake they also have  a number of outdoor swimming pools you can relax in or around. For sportsmen, the resort has 3 championship level golf courses! There is also a full service spa and 2 fantastic restaurants on site. There are a wide variety of lodging options available. Including several with a lake view!

Take my word for it, the Lodge of Four Seasons, is one of the top resorts in the Midwest, and I have no doubt you and your family will have the time of your life during your visit.

The area surrounding the resort, is packed with amazing destinations, Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Big Surf Waterpark, Miner Mike’s Indoor Fun Center, Bridal Cave, Lake Cruises, shopping and so much more!

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To see more of Missouri’s Best Resorts, click here.

This Gorgeous A-Frame Cabin Is The Perfect Place For A Romantic Get-Away

The River Birch Cabin is a 900 sq ft A-Frame nestled in a partially wooded lot and is the perfect couples retreat or family escape from the city. The cabin is located In Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. For more information, or to check availability, click here. The average price is just $308 per night!
The cabin is located just 2 blocks from Lake Como, there are many activities & restaurants nearby including kayak & boat rentals. It is also located within minutes of Lake Geneva’s Ice Castles, plus fishing, hunting, hiking, ziplining, snow skiing, boating & much more.
The River Birch Cabin can comfortably accommodate up to 5 guests. There are 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, and 1 bathroom. The main bedroom has a private balcony over looking the backyard, this is a perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee or read a book among the tall pine trees one with nature.
Not only is the River Birch a perfect summer escape, but it is also perfect for that Fall/Winter getaway. The River Birch has undergone a full renovation in early 2021 while keeping the authentic feel of the 1960’s A-Frame intact. The cabin boasts an electric fireplace for those cool fall/winter nights, full kitchen complete with small oven, dishwasher and microwave and a renovated bathroom with walk-in shower. Along with an amazing fire pit area and open concept living area.
Lake Como is a private community with two sandy beaches, two play areas for the kids along with sand volleyball for the teens and great Northern Pike, bass and blue gill fishing. Bring your bathing suits, fishing poles and sunblock.
The River Birch is located within minutes of some of the best golf courses in southern Wisconsin – including Geneva National, the Grand Geneva and Hawk’s View to name a few. Fall fun includes Oktoberfest, apple picking, etc. During the winter months, the River Birch has excellent snow skiing options close by at Grand Geneva (10 minutes) and Alpine Valley (30 minutes). Also minutes away is the Lake Geneva Ice Castles and the infamous Winter fest with Ice Sculpting competition.
In December 2021 The River Birch was featured in Madison Magazine, “Wisconsin Winter Cabin Getaway”.
For more great lodging options in Wisconsin, click here.

This Gorgeous Mountain View Cabin Has Everything You Could Ask For

Shell Mountain Splash is a luxury cabin perfect for an extended family vacation. It boasts 4 bedrooms, 4 private bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, sun-filled living areas, an indoor heated pool, a hot tub, and stunning mountain views. Relax in the embrace of nature from this peaceful retreat and still be less than 30 mins away from major attractions. This vacation home is located in Sevierville Tennessee, just minutes from Gatlinburg. For more information, click here.

This exquisite home has four spacious bedrooms with room for 12 guests, each with a private bathroom. The main floor boasts two bedrooms with views of the mountains, one with a king-size bed, and the other with a queen-size bed. The loft has two cozy queen-size beds and a full bathroom.

The last bedroom, located on the lower level, has another pair of queen-size beds, a full bathroom, and a laundry closet.

With four full bathrooms throughout the cabin, no one will be fighting over whose turn it is to shower. In addition to the private bathrooms, there is a half bathroom on the main floor.

Enjoy the luxury of this open-plan lounge area with a fireplace and gorgeous views that stretch across the horizon. The fully equipped kitchen comes prepared with all the basics you may need, including a coffee, tea, and soda bar for your use.

The main floor has an open plan design leading from the lounge to the kitchen and into the 12-seater dining area.

This sun-filled home offers easy access to the outdoors no matter what level you are on, thanks to the sprawling patio and deck. Step out onto the main floor deck and watch as the mountainous view stretches across your vision without obstruction.


On the lower level, you’ll have access to the patio where you can watch the sunset from your private hot tub. Allow the breathtaking natural surroundings to clear your mind.


For more unwinding, try the heated indoor saltwater pool. The pool is large enough for your entire crew to swim and splash about. It’s shallow, so diving is strictly prohibited. You can also keep an eye out on the young ones from the lounge chairs available.

Guests at Shell Mountain Splash have access to the entire home and its amenities. Enjoy the use of the private indoor pool, hot tub, and BBQ. There’s an open laundry for longer stays.

Make use of the WiFi and entertainment systems when you’re not out adventuring.

The home has a smart locking system and security cameras on the premises, to ensure your safety and comfort. Parking on the premises is free and is available to multiple cars.

For more great lodging options in Tennessee, click here.

This Incredible A-Frame Cabin Is An Ideal Destination For Your Family Vacation

This is the perfect place for a quiet getaway, this newly built modern A-Frame cabin is tucked deep in the woods without any other cabins in sight. The cabin is located in Mountain View Arkansas, and has an average price of just $179 per night. For more information, or to check availability click here.

The cabin is located between Court Square and Blanchard Springs Caverns, and is convenient to area attractions. Blanchard Springs Cavern just recently reopened and is one of the most beautiful caves in the United States. Blanchard Springs Recreational Area is also stunning and is surrounded with rock bluffs and crystal clear streams!

This gorgeous A-Frame can sleep up to 6 adults, with a queen bed in the downstairs bedroom and two full beds in the upstairs open-concept loft, which is accessed by a spiral staircase.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all the cookware and serving ware needed for preparing meals, as well as a propane grill on the large deck. There is no dishwasher.

The one bathroom has a tub/shower combo as well as a full sized front load washer dryer.

Cell service is limited at the cabin, however their is a landline available for emergency and local calls.

The property is located in the remote rural area of the Ozarks, where you will find many different forms of wildlife. Raccoons, deer, eagles wild hogs, and even black bear are common in the area. Also this is a pet friendly rental property.

If peace, quite, and relaxation, are what your looking for, then this is the place for you!

For more of the best lodging options in Arkansas, click here.

Walk Among The Trees At This One Of A Kind Tree-Top Sky-Walk

Discover the longest tree-based skywalk in North America with 880′ of spectacular hanging bridges suspended 50-60′ in the air. This is an exciting way to experience a bird’s eye view from the trees. Anakeesta’s Treetop Skywalk is located at 576 Parkway, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. For more information, click here.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature as you stroll through the canopy.  Please respect the trees, they are alive, and allowing you to visit their canopy.

Experience what it feels like to be a bird in the tree tops.  During your sky-walk you will be walking on bridges that sway and move.

Keep a sharp eye, you may spot a bear on the forest floor below or a woodpecker nearby. This is an authentic Smoky Mountain experience that will provide unique memories for families of all ages.

Be sure to bring your camera for the perfect family memory that you will want to share with everyone! Anakeesta is situated on a 70-acre mountain 600’ above the city of Gatlinburg.

The promise of Anakeesta is to create a unique, authentic outdoor family experience by immersing guests of all ages in the beauty and adventure of the Smoky Mountains.

General Admission tickets are $34.99 for adults and $22.99 for children, and include access to the entire Chondola and Ridge Rambler parks.

Anakeesta’s Treetop Skywalk is located at 576 Parkway, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

For more of Tennessee’s best attractions, click here.

This Beautiful Resort You’ve Never Heard Of Is An Absolute Paradise

Paradise Resort is located in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest on the shores of one of the legendary lakes the state is famous for. Known as a fine example of Bemidji resorts, they don’t call it “Paradise” Resort for nothing!  Paradise Resort is located at 8677 N Moose Lake Rd N.E. in Pennington, Minnesota. For more information, click here.

The Resort graces the sandy shores of Moose Lake with immaculate, comfortable accommodations. Individual cabins, up to 4 bedrooms, are designed to bathe the senses with the gentle sounds of the lake lapping the shoreline, loons calling across the water, gentle breezes, and brilliant blue skies where eagles soar.

Your private, fully equipped cabin awaits your arrival, mere steps from your swimming beach, and personal boat dock. Great fishing, wild and beautiful trails, canoeing, boating, and playground for the kids.

Nearby historical sites, such as the birthplace of the mighty Mississippi in Itasca State Park, call for further exploration. Golf courses, casino action, and unique shopping can be found within a 20-minute drive. Even better, the hosts of your Minnesota vacation at Paradise Resort are most accommodating and knowledgeable and can help you achieve nearly anything you desire as you experience a true “North Woods” adventure!

The owners Wade and Mary have owned and operated the resort for 28 years, and guarantee you will have a wonderful time experiencing all the North Woods has to offer!

The resort includes 8 lakeside cabins, and on site restaurant, a large beach with an amazing water park atmosphere. canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, paddle boards, a game room and so much more!

Paradise Resort is also a perfect place for your next group gathering. Weddings, Family Reunions, and special events all deserve a memorable location. Let Paradise Resort serve as the perfect destination for your next group gathering.

For more great lodging options in Minnesota, click here.

Hiking, Kayaking, Fly-Fishing,This Missouri Resort Has All The Adventure You Can Handle

When it comes to amazing resorts and vacations in general. One thing matters  more then anything else. LOCATION. River Of Life Farm is a rare combination, between luxury resort, rustic cabin, adventure lodge, and working farm. This is the perfect  destination, no matter what your looking for. The farm can serve as a romantic getaway, or a base camp for your next adventure. Whatever you desire, River of Life Farm is the location you need for an amazing vacation. Located at 1746 River of Life Drive in Dora, Missouri. For more information, click here.

This amazing resort is located on the North Fork banks of the White River and is the premier resort lodge in the Missouri Ozarks. River of Life Farm offers a variety of options for lodging and outdoor activities.

Stay in one of the beautiful Treehouse Cabins. Camp alongside a spring-fed river. Fly fish for wild rainbow trout and trophy browns at “The Falls.” Canoe or kayak the stream with outfitting and shuttle service. Hike the trail to Inspiration Point. Come to River of Life Farm and be surrounded by nature, and enjoy the peace and serenity that it has to offer.

The North Fork of the White River is a blue-ribbon trout stream offering trophy fly fishing for wild rainbow trout, brown trout and smallmouth bass. The rainbows were last stocked in the 1960s, and brown trout are managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The upper sections of the river are prized waters for smallmouth bass. Let one of the onsite experienced fishing guides show you the secrets of the river and take you on an unforgettable fishing adventure.
The Falls Restaurant is also located onsite, serving up delicious breakfast and dinner! The restaurant is only open seasonally, so make other plans if visiting during the off season.
River of Life Farm is one of those special places you’re sure to plan return trips to time and time again.  Pictures used in this article are from the River of Life Farm, Facebook page.
For more of Missouri’s best lodging, click here.

5 Amazing and Unique Lodging Options In Branson Missouri You Need To Visit

Ozark Mountain Adventure

Nestled on fifty-three acres in the heart of Branson, Missouri, a destination known for its family-friendly attractions, shows and lakes, is Ozark Mountain Adventure, offering a peaceful and secluded glamping adventure for those looking to unplug, rejuvenate, and renew. Leave the tents and camping gear at home and book online today – we think you’ll enjoy Branson’s first glamping adventure at Ozark Mountain Adventures. There are currently three gorgeous glamping tents available, each with its own unique style and set up. This incredible resort is located at 1720 Sunset Inn Road, in Branson, Missouri. For more information, click here. Or call (417) 263-0974.

Branson Treehouse Adventures

Looking for a unique vacation destination that you will never forget?  Look no further!  Branson Treehouse Adventures is the perfect location for your next family vacation.  Located in the heart of the Ozarks, this is the perfect place to let loose, unwind, and getaway from it all. This heavily wooded area is an outdoor paradise featuring 7 absolutely breathtaking tree-houses, as well as 6 gorgeous ground level cabins, there is also an RV campground featuring 67  sites with electricity, and 6 primitive sites perfect for tent camping! One weekend here, and you will never want to leave. Branson Treehouse Adventures is located at 159 Acorn Acres Ln, in Branson West, Missouri. For more information, click here.

Sunset Hills

Spend vacation in your own private paradise, the Country Cottage at Sunset Hills is a PRIVATE 1 bedroom, full bath, cottage in Branson. The cabin is Branson’s first and only couples only resort! There are 4 different cabins available. So be sure to visit their website by clicking here. This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway with that special someone. The cabin features a private covered porch with hot tub and gas firepit! On the inside you can enjoy the 55″ TV in the living room, there is also a mini fridge, and microwave. The true beauty of the resort is on the outside, where guests can swim, wade, and relax in their own waterfall oasis swimming hole.

Big Cedar Lodge

Often referred to as America’s Premier Wilderness Resort the lodge has  inviting accommodations, spectacular restaurants, two full-service marinas, four golf courses, a 50,000-square-foot activity center, unparalleled fishing and countless outdoor adventures, Big Cedar Lodge is a world-class resort where you and your family will make memories to last a lifetime. Built to embrace the natural landscape of the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Big Cedar Lodge offers 302 private accommodations, including grand lodges, cozy cottages, private log cabins, and inviting camp-style units. The Resort is spread out across more than 800 acres in the heart of Missouri’s ruggedly serene Ozark Mountains. It serves as the perfect vacation destination. Big Cedar Lodge is located at 190 Top of the Rock Rd. in Ridgedale, MO. For more information on reservations or pricing, visit them online by clicking here. Or call them at 1-800-225-6343.  

Still Water Resort

Still Waters Resort in Branson is a luxury, family resort located on Table Rock Lake. Conveniently located near Silver Dollar City, the resort has the perfect combination of convenience to all of Branson’s attractions at the same time providing a relaxing, lakefront escape. Still Waters Resort is located at 21 Still Water Trail in Branson, Missouri. For more information, click here. Still Waters Resort features a vast array of room accommodations, including 1-6 bedroom lakefront luxury condos, as well as countless amenities for the entire family. Don’t miss your chance to stay at Branson’s premiere lakefront resort.

For more great lodging options in Missouri, click here.

10 Unbelievable Midwest State Parks You Need To Add To Your Bucket List

From Devil’s Lake to Starved Rock, to Maquoketa Caves, to Hocking Hills, the Midwest is loaded with quality state parks. Here is our list of 10 really amazing parks we know you’ll love!

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Illinois

Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park is located just 2.5 miles south of the famous Starved Rock!  Matthiessen is a paradise for those interested in geology, as well as recreation. Visitors can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. The main hiking trails are separated into two sections by a 45 foot drop from  the upper dells to the lower dells.  The trails navigate you through the limestone canyon, and feature stunning sites, including a cave, towering bluffs, and several waterfalls. Come visit Matthiessen State Park and find out why it’s considered one of Illinois’s best kept secrets! Matthiessen State Park is an Illinois state park located a few miles south of the more famous Starved Rock State Park. The main entrances to both parks are located on Illinois State Route 178, the entrance is located at 2500 IL-178, Oglesby, IL 61348 For more information, click here.

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Starved Rock State Park

When its comes to beautiful scenery, very few parks in the Midwest can compare to Starved Rock State Park.  Whether you enjoy hiking along the nature trails or viewing the many spectacular overlooks along the Illinois River, recreational opportunities abound. In 1966 Starved Rock State Park was named a National Historic Landmark, and now boosts more than 13 miles of well marked hiking trails, 18 canyons, and 14 different waterfalls!  From picnicking to fishing to boating, from horseback riding to camping to enjoying winter sports, there’s so much to do that you’ll want to come back again and again. Starved Rock State Park is situated along the south bank of the Illinois River, less than 100 miles from Chicago, at 2668 E 875th Rd., Oglesby, IL 61348. For more information, click here.

Wisconsin

Devil’s Lake State Park

Devil’s Lake is a 10,000 acre state park, that stands out high above the rest!  The lake is the center attraction at Devil’s Lake State Park, which has over 3 million visitors each year. The park boasts, an incredible 29 miles of trails, ranging from easy to challenging.  Many of the trails offer unforgettable views of the lake. This park is truly gorgeous, offering unique views and some of the most interesting topography in the state. Devil’s Lake State Park is located at S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, WI 53913. Admission is $13 for a day pass or free with the State of Wisconsin annual vehicle admission sticker. More information can be found by clicking here.

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Indiana

Turkey Run State Park

Turkey Run State Park is a gorgeous treasure nestled within Marshall, Indiana. Turkey Run State Park is home to many historic sites, like the ravines that lead you to the stunning sandstone gorges, that are hundreds of millions of years old. Turkey Run State Park has 11 gorgeous trails spread throughout the park, spanning around 14 miles in total. With so many miles of trails, caverns, bridges, and fantastic historical sites, Turkey Run State Park is the ideal place to go for the best hiking trails the Midwest has to offer. Turkey Run State Park is located at 8121 Park Rd, Marshall, IN 47859. For more information, click here.

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Ohio

Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills is an amazing place and there is so much to see and do you need to plan an extended visit if you hope to see it all. Within the park are over 25 miles of hiking trails, rock formations, waterfalls, and recess caves. The trails are open from dawn to dusk, all year round, including holidays.The park contains seven separate hiking areas: Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, Cedar Falls, Conkle’s Hollow, Old Man’s Cave, Rock House, and Hemlock Bridge Trail to Whispering Cave. There are many activities you can enjoy during your visit. Including, kayaking, hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, ziplining, and so much more. Cabin rentals are also available. For more information, click here.

Iowa

Maquoketa Caves State Park

This beautiful state park is one of the most popular in the entire state.  Located in Jackson County, sitting just Northwest of Maquoketa.  The park rests on more then 360 acres of rough, hilly terrain.  The trail system, offers a beautiful hike, that links together the caves, rock formations, and scenic overlooks. The park features 16 accessible caves, which offer great caving  for experienced and inexperienced cavers alike.  The hiking trails are just over 6 miles in length, and are a great way to see the park.  There is also a campground with 29 campsites, 17 of which have electrical hookups. Maquoketa Caves State Park is located at 9688 Caves Rd, Maquoketa, IA 52060. For more information, click here.

Minnesota

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Gooseberry Falls is one of Minnesota’s most popular state parks due to its easy access to several scenic waterfalls! This park provides 70 non-electric camping sites that are available year-round. There are 18 miles of hiking trails, including 8 miles of mountain bike trails. The trails connect to the Superior Hiking Trail. There are popular picnic and swimming spots found throughout the park. Gooseberry Falls is located at 3206 MN-61, Two Harbors, MN 55616. For more information, click here.

Michigan

Mackinac Island State Park

This is Mackinac Island State Park, a landscape characterized by high limestone bluffs, beautiful vistas of sparkling water, vibrant forests, and mystical geological formations. With automobiles banned since 1898, here exists a quieter way of life away from interstate noise of cities. Over 80 percent of Mackinac Island is within Mackinac Island State Park—free of charge and open year round—where you’ll discover the true natural gems of Mackinac.

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Missouri

Roaring River State Park

The Roaring River at Roaring River State Park in Barry County is a wildly popular spot for outdoor recreation. The gorgeous river is nearly opaque blue in places, and in other spots the water is so clear you can easily see the scores of giant trout swimming past. Among other things, Roaring River State Park offers some of Missouri’s best hiking! But the main thing that everyone comes to see is the gorgeous Roaring River Spring. This beautiful spring is more than 200 feet deep. Roaring River State Park is located at 12716 Farm Rd 2239, Cassville, Missouri. For more information, click here.

Ha Ha Tonka

Ha Ha Tonka State Park is one of the most amazing state parks you will find in the Midwest.  The park rests on more than 3,700 acres of rough, hilly, Ozark terrain.  Ha Ha Tonka is a popular destination for hikers looking to enjoy the 15 miles of pristine hiking trails.  The park is easy to navigate with a series of trails and boardwalks. The park has been referred to as a geological wonderland, with sinkholes, caves, a natural bridge, and one of the largest natural springs in the state, it’s easy to see why. One of the park’s most popular attractions is the ruins of a turn of the century stone castle.  With so many amazing natural features, Ha Ha Tonka is one state park you will want to visit again and again. The park is located on the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks, approximately 5 miles south of Camdenton Missouri. For more information, click here.

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