3 State Capitals in the Midwest You Must Visit

Soft clouds and blue skies appear over fountains and the capitol of Topeka, Kansas USA

While it may not garner as much attention as areas on the coasts, the Midwest is truly the heart of America. A road trip through the Midwest is an ideal way to get in touch with the true spirit of the nation. While on your journey, be sure to make time to visit some of the fascinating capital cities in this region. Here are three state capitals that should make your travel bucket list.

Columbus, OH

The unique district layout of this city makes it easy to plan your time. Avis notes that the Arena District is the city’s entertainment center, which is adjacent to the North Market, locally known for artisanal shops and eateries. Alternatively, you could check out German Village with its authentic bratwursts, cream puffs, schnitzel and other treats. You cannot miss a trip to the famed Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, boasting six habitats and the chance to get up close and personal with more than 10,000 animals. If you are visiting Columbus during the summer, the Zoombezi Bay is a fun place to cool off after a morning at the zoo. No trip is complete without a visit to the beautiful Capitol Square and the Ohio Statehouse.

Indianapolis, IN

As the largest city in Indiana, Indianapolis is the heart of the state. According to PlanetWare, this vibrant city is known for its love of sports, so it’s crucial that you start your visit with a trip to the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Even if there is not a race going on, you can visit the Hall of Fame Museum to check out the vast array of trophies and memorabilia. Families will appreciate all the offerings at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest of its kind in the world.

Topeka, KS

The capital city of Kansas is the perfect midsized city. The recently renovated Kansas Statehouse deserves a look. Families will enjoy a trip to the 160-acre Gage Park and its one-mile train ride. Ward-Meade park is home to Old Prairie Town, giving visitors a glimpse into the life of the early prairie pioneers who shaped this region of the country. According to Civil Rights Trail, history enthusiasts will appreciate learning about the free state movement of the 1850s or visiting the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. 

All three of these cities are rich in history, culture, and political significance. If you’re in the area, you can’t go wrong with a stop at any of these Midwestern capital gems.

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