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Not much money to travel? No problem for your Midwest weekend getaway. See our ideas for budget getaways throughout the Midwest. We'll steer you to free attractions, places with discounted admission, inexpensive restaurants and more.

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“Free” is such a beautiful word. Especially when it’s paired with something really cool to see or do. My hometown of Madison offers a wealth of free or low-cost...

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For a fun, well-rounded Midwest weekend getaway that’s easy on the wallet, check out free Kansas City attractions, such as the Hallmark Visitors Center, the Money...

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Whether you’re a fan of the Twin Cities’ glittering blue lakes and lush parks or its many artsy offerings, there is plenty to do for free or for only a parking fee...

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A weekend getaway doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, some of the Heartland’s finest attractions won’t cost you a penny. Explore the region's wide array of budget travel stops for the...
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Because 5 million annual visitors flow into the Wisconsin Dells like a tidal wave, you'll find an overwhelming number of places clamoring for your vacation dollars...

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Every Midwestern city has its gems, but St. Louis takes the crown when it comes to free things to do. Here are some of the best deals (but do factor in parking fees...

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1) Grand Traverse Lighthouse One of Michigan's oldest lighthouses sits at the tip of the 1,300-acre Leelanau...

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Though known for its shopping, Galena’s historical sites, tours and scenery charm without costing much on a Midwest weekend getaway.
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1) Detroit Historical Society With so much to see and do, it’s surprising this recently revamped 80-year-old downtown museum doesn’t charge...

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1) Branson Landing Shopping, dining and entertainment venues line Lake Taneycomo, but the showstopper is the 120-foot fountain show with fire...

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