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The Midwest, known as America’s heartland, comprises 12 US states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Although the Midwest doesn’t spend much time in the spotlight, it’s home to dramatic landscapes, national monuments and unique man-made creations. From Mount Rushmore to Willis Tower, here are the 15 most interesting landmarks in the Midwest.
Amish villages are a hallmark of the Midwestern states, especially Ohio (in the Adams, Geauga, Holmes, Hardin, Wayne and Tuscarawas counties) and Indiana (in the Elkhart, Middlebury, Goshen, Bristol, Shipshewana, Nappanee and Wakarusa counties). The best way to explore these regions – and to learn about a way of life that hasn’t changed for centuries – is to drive along Indiana’s Heritage Trail, a 90mi (145km) loop scattered with Amish-run bed and breakfasts, restaurants and shops. Drive it during fall, when the Midwest scenery is at its most beautiful.
Additional reporting by Mark Nayler