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Travel With Bender

Uncovering the best family holidays

Midwest, USA

August 2015

On our first visit to the Midwest as a family, we covered Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. The Midwest is the food heartland of the United States and home to cities like Chicago and Louisville. We loved every minute and every bite.

  • Where To Eat In Rapid City (If You Only Eat In 1 Restaurant)

    Where To Eat In Rapid City (If You Only Eat In 1 Restaurant)

    Midwest, USA

    Choosing a restaurant for lunch or dinner in a new city can be intimidating. This is especially true when you’ve only got a couple days on vacation - you want to ensure it’s the best experience for your family. So if you’re in Rapid City, South Dakota for only a short time, make your way to our #1 dining recommendation.

  • 13 Things To Do In Rapid City With Kids (PLUS Mount Rushmore)

    13 Things To Do In Rapid City With Kids (PLUS Mount Rushmore)

    Midwest, USA

    Perhaps you thought of stopping in Rapid City, South Dakota for a night on your family road trip, allowing a quick visit to Mount Rushmore, as did we. But after we decided to hang around for 4 nights, we discovered there was so much more to do around Rapid City. Here’s our favourite 13 things to do (in addition to Mount Rushmore).

  • Where To Stay At Mall Of America

    Where To Stay At Mall Of America

    Midwest, USA

    With 2 hotels near Mall of America to choose from, we had a tough decision: the waterpark or the mall. Since we couldn’t make up our minds, we tried both so you can find out which hotel will suit your next vacation to Mall of America.

  • 10 Things To Do In The Mall Of America With Kids

    10 Things To Do In The Mall Of America With Kids

    Midwest, USA

    It’s no surprise Mall of America is one of the most visited tourist spots in the United States. We spent 3 days in the nation’s largest mall and enjoyed every minute of it - from thrilling roller coasters to stingray touch pools to getting lost in a mirror maze. This mall has it all.

  • Where To Eat In Mall Of America

    Where To Eat In Mall Of America

    Midwest, USA

    Sit back, start your drool engine and get ready to feel hunger pains, because the Mall of America is filled with dozens of restaurants that will get your tastebuds racing. But how do you choose where to eat? We’ve tried these highly recommended eateries and will give you all the info you need to choose your (dining) adventure in America’s largest mall.

  • 10 Things To Do in Chicago With Kids

    10 Things To Do in Chicago With Kids

    Midwest, USA

    We barely scratched the surface of Chicago. This is truely an amazing city - it’s easy to see why visitors fall in love so easily. Our recommendations for Chicago include theatre, pizza, museums, and baseball just to name a few.

  • 7 Places To Eat In Louisville, Kentucky

    7 Places To Eat In Louisville, Kentucky

    Midwest, USA

    From deep fried southern food to BBQ ribs to sinfully delicious burgers, we’ve got you covered in Louisville. There’s no shortage of delicious food in Louisville, the tough question is where to start?

  • 7 Things To Do In Louisville, Kentucky With Kids

    7 Things To Do In Louisville, Kentucky With Kids

    Midwest, USA

    Our list of favourite things to do in Louisville have nothing to do with Kentucky Fried Chicken… well, except the last one. There’s so much to do in the home of fried chicken and Muhammad Ali, from river cruises to zip lining to shadow boxing. Young and the young at heart will be sure to have a ball in Kentucky’s capital.

  • Phase 2 #motherofallroadtrips: Midwest USA

    Phase 2 #motherofallroadtrips: Midwest USA

    Midwest, USA

    Follow us on phase 2 of our epic road journey which covers Midwest USA. It was only about 3 weeks long, but the number of things we fit in still makes my head spin. This is certainly not fly-over country.

  • Breakfast In The Sky At Willis Tower

    Breakfast In The Sky At Willis Tower

    Midwest, USA

    I could have been the Queen. Or Beyonce. I might have been a rich mafia alpha male or married to a professional sports star. But I was just me. 103 floors above the streets of Chicago, alone in my all-encompassing panorama made for royalty.

  • Chicago Pizza Tour: Why I’ll Never Eat Pizza Again

    Chicago Pizza Tour: Why I’ll Never Eat Pizza Again

    Midwest, USA

    What better way to discover the pizza scene in Chicago than by gouging on over 2.5 pounds of the savory delight over a 3 hour period. We visited 4 of the best rated pizza joints, not only in the city, but the country as well. Find out what we devoured and where we went.