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View Poll Results: What is your favorite city in the Midwest for tourism?
Ann Arbor 1 0.80%
Chicago 74 59.20%
Cincinnati 5 4.00%
Cleveland 5 4.00%
Columbus 1 0.80%
Detroit 4 3.20%
Des Moines 1 0.80%
Duluth 1 0.80%
Fargo 1 0.80%
Grand Rapids 2 1.60%
Indianapolis 3 2.40%
Kansas City 5 4.00%
Madison 0 0%
Milwaukee 3 2.40%
Minneapolis/St. Paul 6 4.80%
Omaha 1 0.80%
St. Louis 5 4.00%
Sioux Falls 1 0.80%
Springfield (IL) 1 0.80%
Traverse City 5 4.00%
Voters: 125. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-29-2019, 06:25 AM
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Chicago, of course, takes the #1 spot. I'll put in the rest of the list in a bit.

Old 03-29-2019, 06:55 AM
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Chicago with the biggest list of urban amenities.

If you're into biking and beer, Minneapolis and Des Moines are fantastic options to merge the two. Both have awesome beer scenes, and are a super bike friendly. Minneapolis has more urban amenities, but Des Moines punches above it's weight class.

Kansas City and St Louis are always fun. KC has a great food scene, St Louis the better beer scene. Both have great architecture.

Duluth is the best gateway to outdoor adventure.

Madison is generally a great time as well. The state capitol/college town mix is always interesting.
Old 03-29-2019, 08:47 AM
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In the summer, I would say Chicago and Milwaukee. If you are questioning Milwaukee, then you don't have a clue.
Old 03-29-2019, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Enean View Post
In the summer, I would say Chicago and Milwaukee. If you are questioning Milwaukee, then you don't have a clue.
I've never heard a bad word about Milwaukee - I've just never been.
Old 03-29-2019, 09:06 AM
Location: Boston, MA
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Grand Rapids, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Milwaukee, St Louis, MPLS/St Paul are the most interesting cities to visit imo. I'd take all of them over Chicago to be perfectly honest. Visiting any big city is all kinda more or less the same.
Old 03-29-2019, 09:13 AM
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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You listed Sioux Falls, why not Rapid City?
Old 03-29-2019, 09:14 AM
Location: Galewood
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Excluding Chicago because it’s where I reside

Kansas City
Old 03-29-2019, 09:14 AM
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From the list above...

Cities I wouldn't mind visiting for 3-4 days

Cities I wouldn't mind visiting for 2 days
Kansas City
Minneapolis/St. Paul
St. Louis
Traverse City

Cities I wouldn't mind visiting for a day trip
Ann Arbor
Grand Rapids

Cities I have no interest in visiting
Des Moines
Sioux Falls
Old 03-29-2019, 09:34 AM
Location: Reno, NV
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Per capita at least, Springfield with all the Abe Lincoln sites.

We took a class trip there in eighth grade, but I'd like to visit again at some point as an adult now that I actually enjoy history and don't just see it as an obstacle to getting good grades so my parents don't take my GameCube away.
Old 03-29-2019, 09:58 AM
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For me I spend so much time in Chicago it's lost it's shiny "big cityness" to me. I love the city and I have no problem going there, it just wouldn't be my first choice anymore.

Im most interested in
Kansas City
St. Louis
Des Moines

I'm a Grand Rapids homer so it doesn't make sense to put it on my list since I wouldn't be a tourist. I do think it's a dark horse in this since so many people on City-Data know nothing about it. It's close proximity as the anchor to the higher end beach cities on Lake Michigan already give the area a higher profile for tourism. The city has more higher rated hotels than most cities it's size. It's local culture and food scene can will keep people busy for a day or two. It arguably has the best beer scene in the Midwest. If you're a person who bases a good time on brewery hopping and beer consumption it should be on your list.

Traverse City is another great/beautiful place. I also really enjoy Madison.
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