A guide to winter travel in the Midwest

As the holidays roll around, there’s no shortage of seasonal options in our own backyard: Christmas Traditions along the cobblestone streets of St. Charles, skating at Steinberg, the fantastical Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden, the smell of hops in the crisp air at Brewery Lights, the tubing hill at Hidden Valley… But other adventures await, just short drives away. Whether you want to dogsled for the first time, listen to 20 holiday-themed concerts, scale an ice cliff above Lake Superior, or snuggle in front of a cabin’s fireplace, here are a selection of ways in which to create winter memories.


Photo by David Lazaroff

Observe the holidays at these festivals and concerts, whether you're sticking around St. Louis or visiting Chicago. Read more

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Photography courtesy of Big Cedar Lodge

Heading out of town? Consider staying in. Read more

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Visit a quaint small town like Hermann or take a drive to East Peoria for the Winter Wonderland. Read more

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Whether you’re looking for romance, adventure, or family fun, we have you covered. Read more

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