Hipmunk Hotels: Midwest Hotels from Detroit to Bismark for Pool Lovers

An awesome pool at a hotel in the Midwest
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Full disclosure: This post was written as part of the Hipmunk Hotels project. I am being paid to write this post, but the opinions in it are my own.

You might not think “awesome pool” when you think of the American Midwest – maybe a big red barn comes to mind, or rows of corn. Well, there are big red barns and corn, but when you’re traveling through the Midwest you can also find more than one hotel with a great pool. Here are five Midwest cities with hotel pools that pool lovers will appreciate.

Rockford, Illinois

Known as the Forest City, Rockford is the proud home of rock band Cheap Trick. While visiting Rockford, you can take in the historical downtown architecture or get active outdoors at nearby Rock Cut State Park.

Since you’re a water lover, you should head to the Clock Tower Resort where you’ll find Coco Key, the state’s largest exclusively indoor water park. Seek your thrills on the three waterslides, float down the lazy river, or indulge in the onsite spa. Oh, there’s also an outdoor pool too in case that isn’t enough watery excitement. Even if you’re staying at a different hotel in Rockford, Coco Key is open to the public (as long as you pay the entry fee).

Detroit, Michigan

You’re probably already aware that Motor City is the epicenter for the manufacturing of American-made vehicles, but it’s not all industrial – Detroit is home to famous boxer Joe Louis, Tiger Stadium, and the Detroit Redwings hockey team.

When you’re in Detroit, stay at the Courtyard by Marriot Detroit Downtown for a pool and whirlpool that come with a sweeping floor-to-ceiling city view. Sure there’s a wide spectrum of hotels in Detroit, from budget to five stars that also have pools, but none with a view like the Courtyard by Marriott.

Branson, Missouri

The live entertainment industry is the beating heart of Branson, where you’ll find more live venues on 76 Country Boulevard than you can shake a drumstick at. There’s just about any type of show you can think of, from musical theatre to gospel performances to country music.

Refresh yourself with swim at your Branson hotel between performances. Head to Still Waters Resort where you can choose from three oasis-themed pools. It’s not called Still “Waters” for nothing – there’s also a swim-through waterfall and waterslide.

Bismarck, North Dakota

The capital of North Dakota is a hub of convention activity, but not everyone is there on business. If you’re lucky and you aren’t in Bismarck attending meetings, can enjoy the area’s parks, museums, art galleries, and restaurants.

Plenty of hotels in Bismarck have a pool, but the Country Suites by Carlson Bismarck has a full on water park. Take your pick of the heated indoor pool, waterslide, or whirlpool tub. Kids get their own separate kiddie pool.

Lincoln, Nebraska

Home to the Lincoln Monument and the famous Sunken Gardens, the capital of Nebraska has plenty to see. Be sure not to miss the National Museum of Roller Skating and the Larsen Tractor Museum (seriously).

You’ve got a choice of hotels in Lincoln, but the pool at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lincoln is great because it includes both and an indoor pool and whirlpool. There’s no waterslide, but fancy tiling and large windows raise the bar on classiness.


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