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Hipmunk Hotels: Sports and Entertainment in Indianapolis, Branson, Champaign, and more

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Written by Duke Stewart

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This article is part of the Hipmunk Hotels campaign.


The big hot spots are always going to dominate the conversation, but there are some wonderful lesser-known gems worth uncovering in this region. Plan your visit to Indianapolis or the vibrant entertainment city of Branson, while uncovering two other Midwest hits along the way.

Indianapolis, Indiana

There are so many reasons to book a hotel in Indianapolis, and many visitors start with a night at Conrad Indianapolis. It’s right in the city center and close to the Convention Center, with a direct connection to the city’s skywalk system. Business travelers come for the conventions and seminars, while families and sports lovers flock to Indianapolis for the fun that never stops. The Colts and Pacers keep the city’s attention for much of the year, but the Indy 500 takes over on Memorial Day weekend. The Children’s Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art head a collection of fun and educational options for all ages.

Rosemont, Illinois

Fly into Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and choose a hotel in Rosemont for easy access into the city and back home. The affordable and excellent Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare will give your wallet more room to indulge in Chicago’s excellent food scene or shopping for souvenirs. You can also stick around Rosemont and enjoy iFLY Indoor Skydiving, or shop at Fashion Outlets of Chicago. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and Allstate Arena are ready to entertain with huge events throughout the year, from conferences to concerts.

Champaign, Illinois

Visitors to Champaign know that the University of Illinois will surround them, and there are tons of university related things to do here. Plan your stay by booking at Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Champaign, right next to the school. Watch the Fighting Illini duke it out with the Big Ten’s toughest competition at Memorial Stadium, State Farm Center, or the other arenas throughout town. Get out and see various city highlights including the Champaign City Building, the Virginia Theatre, or the Art Theater. The Orpheum Children’s Science Museum and Hessel Park are great options for families.

Branson, Missouri

A lot of people know Branson as a live entertainment capital, thanks to the many theaters holding shows each day. There are great things to do in Branson away from the shows, and College of the Ozarks is a must visit for those wanting to see a “work for your degree” method of studying. There are tons of cheap hotels in Branson, and Baymont Inn and Suites Branson is your best bet for affordability and comfort. Get away to Table Rock Lake for a beautiful patch of clear, open water and a weekend of fishing and boating, and treat yourself to a stay at the Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa and Convention Center, also known as the “Castle in the Ozarks”.

It’s impossible to mention America’s Midwest without talking about Chicago and Indianapolis. Are you ready to explore the less heralded Champaign and Branson as well? Enjoy your trip through these Midwest hits and pickup a postcard or two along the way!

About the author

Duke Stewart

As a recovering Expat, I write about Life through Travel and want you there with me through captivating stories followed by guides on how to do the same. My work has been featured in various magazines throughout Korea and in online publications including the awesome Hipmunk.com. I am also a nerd and love to point out a situation's similarities to any of my favorite movies, books, or tv shows. You've been warned:) Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for daily updates.

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