What are the best states in the Midwest

Travel Information USA: Midwest

Depending on the division, the Midwest includes the US states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The landscapes of this region are mostly flat and characterized by many lakes and prairies. Since the soils are very fertile, the Midwest is mainly characterized by intensive agriculture - it is not for nothing that the region is also known as the “bread basket of the nation”.

Depending on which company you do your internship in, you will live in Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota or Minnesota and can not only enjoy the natural landscapes of the region, but also visit metropolises such as Chicago, Minneapolis or Milwaukee.

Characteristics

Surname
Midwest ("Mid-West")

location
(northern) center of the USA

size
approx. 2,128,450 km²

States
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin (depending on the classification)

Best travel time
May to early October

Highlights
National parks of Isle Royale National Park (Michigan), Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota) or Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota) as well as vibrant Chicago

On site in the Midwest

Location, geography and climate

The greater United States Midwest region includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The region is bordered by the Appalachians in the east and the Rocky Mountains in the west. In general, the surface of the landscape is very flat. Nevertheless, there are smaller geographic surveys.

Due to the central location of these states, the surface is not exposed to any plate tectonic activity. There is no volcanic activity here either. The foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the Rocky Mountains add a little variety to the otherwise rather low to flat landscape. Other topographical features can be found around the Great Lakes and the Ozark Mountains in southern Missouri or the Driftless Area in the west of the region. The relief of the driftless area is characterized by the deeply eroded river valleys. Here you can find differences in altitude of 184-524 m. The Ozark Mountains, on the other hand, are the remains of a former high plateau that has been severely eroded over the years and finally dissected.

The Midwest has a very changeable climate. Here the temperatures vary from below 0 ° C to hot summers with over 30 ° C. Precipitation in this region is relatively high and frequent. It rains a lot, especially between spring and autumn. Precipitation decreases from east to west. Storms also go hand in hand with the climate. Wind trousers are not uncommon in Tornado Alley. In Iowa, around 48 tornadoes occur annually.

Flora and fauna

Due to the different levels of precipitation, a high-grass prairie can be found in the east, a grassy landscape in the central prairie area and a low-grass prairie in the west. Hardwood forests were largely cut down in the late 1800s, which is why one can find predominantly urbanized areas or rural, agriculturally operated regions today.

The wildlife in the Midwest is optimally adapted to the endless grasslands. Grazing animals are particularly common here. The giant bison is at home here in the prairie landscape. You can also find hares, foxes, antelopes, marmots and armadillos here. Various species of snakes and lizards can also be found among the grasses.

Highlights

One of the most popular places in the Midwest is the metropolis of Chicago. Here you can walk from one musical to the next and are guaranteed to have enough to explore, even if it can often get a little colder in the Windy City.
If you finally want to get out into nature, there are some impressive national parks to choose from. For example the Isle Royale National Park in Michigan or the Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. Both parks let you feel the wild north. You might even spot a wolf or moose in Isle Royale National Park.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is named after President Roosevelt. Here you will find impressive rock formations such as the Hoodoo Rock Formation. A special feature of the park are wildlife tours, where you can observe native animals such as bison, coyotes, pumas, wild horses and many more.