Affordable American Travel: 5 Must-Sees in the Midwest

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It’s road trip season, and Americans are off to destinations across the country. A new Bridgestone survey shows that 83 percent of Americans indicate that they take at least one road trip each summer, and most Americans are choosing road trips over other types of travel because of the flexibility and options that a road trip provides. If you are thinking about taking a road trip this summer, or even if you are traveling by another method but are planning to stop in the Midwest, there are some great places that you won’t want to miss. The locations mentioned in this article are fun and interesting, but unlike many expensive hotels or amusement parks, these locations are relatively affordable and absolutely worth seeing. So take a few minutes to peruse our list, and make sure you add at least one or two of these locations when you plan your road trip to the Midwest.

1. The Gateway Arch

Located in St. Louis, the Gateway Arch is a catenary curved arch that was created as monument to honor Thomas Jefferson and the pioneers; you may have heard of the arch as the “Gateway to the West.” The arch is 63 stories (192 meters, or 7,560 inches tall.) Even more amazing, the arch has a span of only 630 feet at ground level between the outer sides of the legs, but the arch itself weighs 17,246 tons, and is made from steel and concrete. A trip to the top of the arch will cost you just $10 per person (adults sixteen and older), or $5 for children three to fifteen. If you want to make a whole day of your trip, you can eat at the Arch View CafĂ©, or take a cruise. The arch is also located near many other interesting St. Louis attractions, including the Saint Louis Zoo and the Saint Louis Art Museum, both of which are free.