Not everyone gets a tax refund, but most Midwesterners start to get the itch to head outdoors when spring hits. So, whether you owe the IRS or they owe you here are some Fun Midwest Spring Getaways to plan that won't break the bank and are sure to move you beyond your own front door.
HOLLAND MICHIGAN: The Tulip Time Festival in May boasts nearly 4.5 million tulips! Plus enjoy the Dutch windmill, museums, shops, dancers and delicious treats. http://www.tuliptime.com/
SHIPSHEWANA INDIANA: Festivals begin the end of April and run while the weather's nice so if you're looking to unplug and get back to some good old fashioned fun, shopping and home cooked meals then grab some good walking shoes and head on out! http://www.shipshewana.com/
ROUTE 66 ROAD TRIP: From Chicago to LA, there are miles to explore and some amazing American nostalgia to encounter. You might carve out a small day trip or pack up the car for a weekend ride, but either way you're sure to come across some amazing finds. http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/road-trips/route-66/
MERAMAC CAVERNS MISSOURI: If you have a bit of time, head southwest of St Louis to the foothills of the Ozark Mountains for guided tours of the rarest and largest cave formations in the world. http://www.americascave.com/
NEW GLARUS WISCONSIN: Tax time makes many a bit thirsty and hungry so head north for a tour of the New Glarus Brewery, enjoy the Swiss heritage of the town with their bakeries and restaurants and walk through a few antiques shops along the way. http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/index.cfm/ourtown/map
And for those of you who aren't ready to head outdoors, consider one of these many suggestions for enjoying a night in. My favorite is a game night with friends themed with appetizers from different countries, or a Bond casino night complete with martinis. However you choose to spend your spring, make the most of the weather and the time!