Our Guide to Glamping in the Midwest

By Ben Clarke

The Midwestern region of the U.S. is a hugely diverse geographic area, comprised of 12 states. The region is referred to as "America's Heartland," due to the historical importance of its manufacturing and agricultural sectors, as well as the variety of large cities and small towns that broadly represent wider American culture. It is also home to some incredible natural landscapes, including the massive Great Lakes, the expansive Northwood forests, and more remote areas, such as the Badlands of South Dakota. This means that glampers have a lot of choice when planning their trip to the Midwest!

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

By far the biggest city in the Midwest, Chicago is the region's cultural capital. Famed for its deep-dish pizza, iconic skyline incorporating the Willis Tower, and being the hometown of Kanye West, Chicago is also an increasingly important site of art and culture. It hosts the Art EXPO Chicago every year, as well as the Lollapalooza music festival, and has Millenium Park, with its world-famous Cloud Gate sculpture. Not far outside the city limits is Lake Michigan and Illinois Wine Country.

Romantic Cottage Rental in Galena, Illinois

Why not base yourself inbetween the Windy City and Illinois Wine Country with this romantic cottage rental?

Table Rock Lake, Missouri

Table Rock Lake

Known across the nation for its excellent bass fishing, this idyllic clear water lake with stunning vistas is also a picturesque setting for swimming, boating, and watersports. It's widely heralded as one of the best locations in the Continental United States for scuba diving.

Inviting Log Cabin for Rent near Table Rock Lake

And once you've been busy making a splash at Table Rock Lake, why not come back home to the comfort and rustic style of this beautiful cabin rental?

Paul Bunyan State Trail, Minnesota

Paul Bunyan State Trail

The Paul Bunyan State Trail in central Minnesota is truly a four-season activity, comprised of over 100 miles of trails to cycle, hike, rollerblade, and snowmobile. It's perfect for families, as the trail is mostly level, but it also has some more challenging slopes. It offers an excellent whistle-stop tour of some of the state's best scenery, including the Brainerd Lakes, Crow Wing State Park, and Lake Bemidji State Park.

Rustic Cabins on the Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota

After you've spent the day enjoying the natural beauty of central Minnesota, why not relax in this rustic cabin rental on the Brainerd Lakes?

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

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Completed in 1941, Mount Rushmore towers above the Black Hills of Keystone, South Dakota. It depicts four of the most significant Presidents in American history: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. With rock faces 18 meters high, this monument has become an iconic symbol of the United States and is a major tourist attraction, with over two million visitors annually.

Cozy Traditional Log Cabin with Fire Pit near Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

After you've seen this homage to early American settlement, why not live like a frontiersman in this traditional cabin rental?

The Black Hills National Forest and the Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

The Black Hills National Forest spreads from southwestern South Dakota into northwestern Wyoming and is comprised of over 1.25 million acres of ponderosa pine forest. Black Elk Peak, the highest mountain in the range, at over 2,000 meters high.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

The Badlands National Park comprises 244,000 acres of sharply eroded rocks amongst the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. It is a truly desolate area, where you can travel for miles without a hint of civilisation.

Spacious Cabin Rental for Large Groups in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

If you're traveling in a large group and looking for somewhere to rest your heads, why not book this spacious cabin rental, which is perfectly situated for visiting both?


Keen to experience the best of the Midwest? Check out our vacation rentals in the Midwest, and book today!