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How to Travel the Midwest — Without a Car

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on September 27

Don’t have a car? Don’t want to drive? Can’t drive? Explore nearby getaways by bus and train!

⏰ 1 hour 45 minutes from Millennium Station

Explore sand dunes, woodlands, prairies, beaches, and more at the national and state parks — with fewer crowds. Be prepared to hike and spot various bird species.

⏰ 3 hours 30 minutes from 630 W. Harrison St. bus stop

Wisconsin's capital has a lot to do like shopping at the Dane County Farmers Market and biking the Lake Monona Loop. And there’s a lot to eat like cheese curds, onion rings, and fish fry from the Old Fashioned.

Trojan Horse at Mount Olympus Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Trojan Horse at Mount Olympus Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. (Maciej Ciupa / Flickr)

⏰ 3 hours 30 minutes from Union Station

In addition to the usual waterpark fun at the Dells, go horseback riding, ziplining, and ride festive trains. Don’t miss craft brewery events!

⏰ 4 hours from Union Station

Head to the western Michigan town for apple-picking, fresh apple cider, and haunted houses. Foodies can enjoy poutine week and a chili cookoff.

The Old Courthouse in front of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

The Old Courthouse and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. (Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty)

⏰ 5 hours from Union Station

Bring the fam for scary fun with Fright at the City Museum and Fright Fest at Six Flags St. Louis. Check out apple butter and storytelling fests.

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