Ideas for the perfect Midwest fall staycation or road trip

It's time you gave your couch — and your TV — a break. With two thirds of U.S. adults planning a vacation in the next few months and domestic travel continuing to be the preferred mode of getting away in 2021 (according to MMGY Global’s Portrait of American Travelers® 2021 “summer edition” survey), we have a couple of ideas for you that are close to home but provide respite from the summer heat and lead into the loveliest season of all — fall.

Autumn is the perfect season for a road trip or scenic drive to see the foliage in your neck of the woods on display with its amber colors. It's also a good time to eat, drink, and cuddle up in comfort at a top notch hotel. The Aparium Hotel Group offers a mixture of character and charm perfect for all kinds of fall getaways and we have found two properties within a manageable drive of each other — perfect for a fall getaway.

Crossroads Hotel - Kansas City, Missouri 

Crossroads Hotel, located in the heart of Kansas City’s bustling Art’s District, is the perfect place to embrace your “cool factor” with its gorgeously designed rooms, craft cocktails and bites, live music events and more. Percheron, Crossroads’ popular rooftop bar, is home to some of the best views of the Kansas City skyline and makes a great place to indulge in a cocktail or two while planning out your visit to Kansas City.

This fall, the fun doesn’t stop with events including the Kentucky Derby Party at the Kansas City Museum followed by an epic afterparty at Percheron, KC Night Market featuring local artists, Dia De Los Muertos events and more. Only 30 minutes away, visitors can experience the multimedia and immersive event Terra Luna at the Overland Arboretum from September 24-26 and October 1-3.

Surety Hotel - Des Moines, Iowa

Designated as one of the best new hotels by Travel + Leisure, Surety Hotel is a brilliant adaptive reuse of the  historic century-old Hippee building, a Beaux-Arts Classicism-style architectural gem, built for The Iowa Loan & Trust Company in 1913.

Located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, Surety is a central base for guests looking to access fall festivities across town. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the World Food & Music Festival, Geisler Farms 15th annual corn maze and fall festival, and the miles of fall foliage along the city trails. The hotel is also just a walk away from the city’s idyllic farmers market, boutiques, galleries and cafes. For dining, guests can enjoy a locally-inspired menu from the hotel’s flagship restaurant, The Mulberry Street Tavern, thoughtfully prepared to showcase the flavor of the wood grill. So whether you’re looking for apple pie, the perfect cider or a cozy escape, there’s no shortage of things to do this fall in the Surety Hotel.

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