(Photo Credit: Kinnikinnick Farm, Illinois)
The Midwest includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. A cultural crossroads in the early 1800s, the land was settled by easterners looking for better farmland and Swedes and Norwegians migrating directly to the interior of the U.S.
With its fertile soils, this region is known as America’s bread basket, producing abundant harvests of cereal crops such as wheat, oats and corn. Amish and Mennonite farmers settled here and similar to Pennsylvania, you might see a horse and buggy on the road in the back country.
All the states in this region have big water somewhere – whether it’s the Great Lakes or the Mississippi River – and lots of smaller bodies of water in between. In addition to farm fun, a number of farm and ranch stays offer hunting and fishing.
From yaks to alpacas, from chickens to dairy cows, from yurts to historically focused homesteads, the Midwest is known for its hospitality. Find just the right place to enjoy a farm, ranch or vineyard in the U.S. Midwest.