As the country begins to reopen, regional road trips may offer an escape from coronavirus-imposed social isolation. Whether you’ve finally finished home schooling the kids or you just need a break from your roommate, getting away this summer but staying close to home could be appealing. If you decide to take a road trip, make sure to check the status of your destinations to determine what safety precautions you should take.
Since Hilton extended its Hilton Honors Points and status expiration, you may be itching to use your points. And because Hilton has extended its generous cancellation policy through June 30, you can book safely (even if your plans change) knowing you’ll get your points or dollars back. If that sounds perfect for you, we’ve compiled some great options for the best hotels to book with your Hilton points for your summer road trip in the Midwest.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha Downtown Old Market
With the College World Series canceled this year, you can avoid the crowds in Omaha, Nebraska, this summer. Stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha Downtown Old Market for walkable access to the charming Old Market area, with its brick streets and unique shops. Enjoy enticing options for downtown dining from the city known for its steak, though you’ll have to head outside of downtown to sample the famed whiskey steak at The Drover. You won’t want to miss the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium — given a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor — which is open by reservation.
Location, location, location makes this Embassy Suites in Downtown Omaha a great choice for your road trip, though the hotel offers ample amenities as well, with an on-site fitness center, pool, restaurant, made-to-order breakfast and evening reception.
Hampton Inn & Suites at the Wisconsin Dells Lake Delton
If you’re looking for family-friendly outdoor fun, the Wisconsin Dells are the place to be. Take yourself to the Hampton Inn & Suites at the Wisconsin Dells Lake Delton, which offers a good location for enjoying nearby attractions and spacious rooms for the whole family.
While some popular attractions at the Wisconsin Dells are at limited capacity, the opportunities to get out in beautiful nature — and get out of the house — abound. Rent a boat to cruise along Lake Delton by yourself, or join a boat tour to access the famous Witches Gulch to explore its narrow canyons and greenery-filled crevices.
Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing
Find a mixture of theater and nature in Branson, Missouri, with a stay at the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing. Nestled on Lake Taneycomo, the Hilton Promenade provides quick access to the shopping and dining of downtown Branson.
Branson also provides ample activities, with many shows and museums opening soon, if they haven’t already. Still, many places, such as the Titanic Branson — the world’s largest museum attraction — require a reservation for access to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention precautions. From ziplining to dinner magic shows, Branson has activities for children as well as adult couples looking for a getaway.
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
If you’re looking for a luxurious escape in the Midwest, check out the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. The rooms offer privacy and serenity, making this resort an inviting place to get away from it all.
While Chicago’s theater district and museums are still closed, the city is slowly beginning to reopen. Use this trip as an opportunity to see Chicago’s other charms. Shop along the Magnificent Mile or grab takeout from world-famous pizzerias Lou Malnati’s and Giordano’s to decide once and for all who has the best deep dish. Enjoy a walk along Lake Michigan and scope out the incredible public art downtown — don’t forget to stop at the “Bean” (Cloud Gate) for a quintessential tourist photo.
DoubleTree by Hilton Deadwood at Cadillac Jack’s
We couldn’t let any list about Hilton go without including a DoubleTree. While the brand has finally released its famous secret cookie recipe, nothing compares with a fresh one straight from the hotel. And the lovely DoubleTree by Hilton Deadwood at Cadillac Jack’s in South Dakota is a great place to get your cookie fix. Attached to Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort, this DoubleTree gives you a bright, comfortable resting place among the hustle and bustle of Deadwood’s thriving recreation.
Enjoy hiking in the Black Hills National Forest or take an ATV through the motorized vehicle trails. Picture yourself in the Old West with a tour of the Broken Boot Gold Mine, or spend an afternoon exploring the ample wineries and breweries in the Deadwood area. With its historic charm and plentiful activities, Deadwood makes a great getaway.
Photos courtesy of Hilton (© 2020 Hilton).
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