America’s heartland is full of welcoming towns and cities with booming job markets. Corporate headquarters are one of the major factors that draw employees to a new city, but there’s so much more to consider. Cost of living, cultural activities, climate, and family fun opportunities are some of the factors that make a city attractive to newcomers.  We’ve got the lowdown on the Midwestern 10 cities with the most opportunity, and why YOU’LL want to live there!


1-14The Windy City. Famous for its architecture and its deep-dish pizza, Chicago has a lot to offer. The third-largest city in the US is a great place to look for employment with many opportunities and fun activities to enjoy.

Major Employers:

JPMorgan Chase is one of the oldest financial institutions in the U.S., and it’s one of the largest companies in the world. It’s employees in Chicago support more than 5.8 million customers, 470,000 business clients and nearly 360 branches.

Another major employer is Amazon which has picked up Chicago as its second headquarters city and employs an estimated 13,240 full-time workers in the Chicago area.

Cost of Living:

Average rent: $1,078 for a studio and $1,341 for a one-bedroom place.

Average home price: $268,500

Utilities/month? $121.16

Gas prices: $3.47/gallon


Annual high temperature:           59.3°F

Annual low temperature:             43.3°F

Average temperature:   51.3°F

Average annual precipitation - rainfall:    39.04 inch

Days per year with precipitation – rainfall: 119 days

Annual hours of sunshine: 2504 hours

Fun Things to Do in Chicago:

Chicago Prohibition Tour

Visit four historic bars in operation since Prohibition in Chicago and learn from a knowledgeable guide about the surreptitious world of the speakeasy. This adults-only tour takes you by coach to once-illicit establishments in Old Town, Wicker Park and the Chicago Loop where liquor, jazz and mobsters ruled. You’ll hear about Chicago gangsters like Al Capone and learn the historical context for the decade-long ban of alcohol.

Art Institute of Chicago

Explore the Art Institute, Chicago’s world-class art museum and the second-largest in the United States. Situated in Grant Park, the museum’s incredible range of impressionist, post-impressionist, modern and contemporary works is near the top of the list of Chicago’s must-see sights. Among the artists on display are works by Pollack, van Gogh, Renoir, Monet and Picasso plus, plus a striking new Modern Wing and cutting-edge graphic and industrial design.

Chicago Crime and Mob Tour

Chicago has a past filled with big gangster names such as John Dillinger and the infamous Al Capone. Dive deep into the city’s mobster ways with a guide who knows where “the business” was done. Stay comfortable during this bus tour, which is perfect for any type of weather, and choose from multiple departure times to best suit your schedule.

Lake Michigan Sightseeing Fireworks Cruise

If you’re visiting Chicago during summer, this Lake Michigan cruise is a family-friendly activity that all ages can enjoy. Board a spacious vessel and learn about Chicago’s colorful history and architectural history. The ride culminates with an impressive fireworks display over Navy Pier.

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

Explore the outer reaches of the universe at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, the first planetarium in the United States. Learn about space at the most advanced and oldest planetarium in existence today, with a plethora of shows and exhibits to delight visitors of all ages.

Kids Bicycle Tour

Cruise through Chicago on this family-friendly bicycle tour catered to kids. Perfect for kids age 10 and under, this tour mixes fun games and contests in with educational stops at some of Chicago's iconic sights.

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Minneapolis / St. Paul

9The Twin Cities' job market features opportunities at life science, biotechnology and health technology companies. In addition to science-focused employers, the manufacturing and retail industries are strong in Minneapolis and St. Paul, with a variety of corporations headquartered in the area. The city also offers a wide array of activities for individuals and families to enjoy.

Major Employers:

In 1962, Target opened its first store in a Minneapolis suburb. Since then, it’s become the second-largest general merchandise retailer in the U.S.

Another major employer is Mayo Clinic with more than 41,000 employees based in Minnesota.

Cost of Living:

Average rent: $937 for a studio and $1,320 for a one-bedroom place.

Average home price: $259,300

Utilities/month? $180

Gas prices: $2.89/gallon


Annual high temperature: 55.1°F

Annual low temperature: 37.2°F

Average temperature: 46.15°F

Average annual precipitation - rainfall: 30.64 inch

Days per year with precipitation - rainfall: 112 days

Annual hours of sunshine: 2607 hours

Av. annual snowfall: 55 inch

Fun Things to Do in Minneapolis:

Weisman Art Museum

The Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota creates art experiences that spark discovery, critical thinking, and transformation, linking the University and the community. Located on the campus of the University of Minnesota, this museum features fine arts from the contemporary period.Since its origin in 1934, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum has been a teaching museum for the University of Minnesota. Today, education remains central to the museum’s mission to make the arts accessible to the University and public communities.

Chain of Lakes

Surrounding Three separate lakes (Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet) this walking path offers a beautiful view of nature and is a great place to relax.

Minneapolis Riverwalk Food Tour

Explore the trendy and historical parts of Minneapolis on this Riverwalk food tour. Try nearly a dozen delicious tastings from local restaurants and specialty food shops. Taste local favorites including cheese curds, European-style baked bread, gelato and locally brewed craft beer, just to name a few. Also see the only natural major waterfall on the Upper Mississippi Riverwalk and stroll along the oldest street in Minneapolis.

Children's Theatre Company

CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC creates world class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

One of the crown jewels of the city’s park system, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden unites two of Minnesota’s most cherished resources—its greenspace and its cultural life. The Garden is a top destination to enjoy art like the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry in an outdoor park setting.

The Escape Game

The Escape Game is a live 60-minute adventure. You and your team will select a challenge and will have one hour to complete your mission and escape. They offer several unique experiences, all happening in a completely immersive environment.

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Kansas City

6Kansas City sits on Missouri's western edge, straddling the border with Kansas. It's known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains. Many jobseekers flock to Kansas City for its desirable cost of living and optimal job market.

Major Employers:

Cerner, a company that manufactures healthcare technology systems that aid in the clinical, financial and operational needs of organizations throughout the world is one of the top employers in Kansas City. The publicly traded company — with a 2017 revenue of $5.1 billion — has its headquarters in Kansas City.

Another major employer is Ford Motor Company, they employ 7,700 people in their Kansas City Assembly Plant.

Cost of Living:

Average rent: $727 for a studio and $922 for a one-bedroom place.

Average home price: $140,300

Utilities/month? $246

Gas prices: $2.89/gallon


Annual high temperature:           66°F

Annual low temperature:             47.4°F

Average temperature:   56.7°F

Average annual precipitation - rainfall:    39.06 inch

Av. annual snowfall:        12 inch

Fun Things to Do in Kansas City:

American Jazz Museum

Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater. Since its inception in 1997, the Museum hosts thousands of students, scholars, musicians and fans of the arts for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of modern day jazz.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a major not-for-profit center for music, opera, theater, and dance designed by Moshe Safdie, opened in 2011. Serving as a cultural cornerstone for Kansas City and the region, the Kauffman Center delivers extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences. Honored as one of the World’s 15 Most Beautiful Concert Halls, the Kauffman Center attracts some of the world’s most renowned performers and entertainers.

The Kauffman Center is home to the local Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera, Kansas City Symphony, and other innovative programming. Through educational outreach programs and community enrichment, the Kauffman Center supports Kansas City as a cultural destination. If you’re looking for things to do in Kansas City and want to attend a special performance, please view our upcoming events and tickets.

SEA LIFE Kansas City

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium will transport you into an amazing underwater world! Come nose to nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish, seahorses and graceful rays. To get any closer you'd have to get wet!

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City

There’s no end to the fun to be had at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City! LEGO-loving children — and accompanying adults — can unleash their imaginations at numerous family-friendly attractions. Focus your LEGO laser to zap trolls and spiders; visit miniature Kansas City, made out of LEGO® bricks; and see who can build the fastest vehicle. Large, soft bricks are the perfect building materials for little ones in the DUPLO® Village. When you need a break from the activity, watch your favorite characters at the 4D Cinema.

Loose Park Rose Garden

Offering scenic and fragrant delights, the Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden is located in Kansas City's Loose Park.

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St. Louis

11Known as the Gateway City, St. Louis is no longer just a destination for baseball and beer fans. This midwestern city is home to vibrant communities of adventurous designers and artists, startups and coworking spaces.

Major Employers:

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, serving metro St. Louis, mid-Missouri and Southern Illinois.

Wells Fargo Advisors, which provides investment planning and advice to its clients, is based in St. Louis. The financial services firm has over 14,500 advisors in its nationwide network.

Cost of Living:

Average rent: $775 for a studio and $1045 for a one-bedroom place.

Average home price: $118,900

Utilities/month: $184

Gas prices: $2.80/gallon


Annual high temperature:           65.2°F

Annual low temperature:             44.3°F

Average temperature:   54.75°F

Average annual precipitation - rainfall:    44.09 inch

Av. annual snowfall:        12 inch

Fun Things to Do in St. Louis:

Peabody Opera House

Stifel Theatre is a historic, 3100 seat theatre in the heart of downtown St. Louis. Originally opened in 1934, Stifel Theatre's stage has welcomed some of entertainment’s greatest performers, including Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. Following a $78.7 million restoration, this historical gem has been restored to its original splendor and undergone state-of-the-art upgrades.

The Gateway Arch

From the thrilling views to the amazing stories, a visit to the Gateway Arch is an experience that never fails to inspire. Whether you have a few hours or a full day, you’ll find activities to please every member of your party. Attractions include the Tram Ride to the Top of the Gateway Arch, the Museum at the Gateway Arch (open July 3, 2018), a documentary film about the construction of the Arch, shopping at The Arch Store, a new Arch Cafe, and cruises aboard the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. Tickets sell out early and often - advance purchase strongly recommended. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

Few franchises have the acclaim and heritage of the St. Louis Cardinals, and that history lives here, in the Cardinals Museum. Featuring stadiums, players and championship moments, the Cardinals Museum boasts one of the largest team-specific collections of artifacts and memorabilia in the world. The Museum's seven galleries take you on a chronological journey through the rich history of the Cardinals, allowing you to learn about the birth of the franchise, relive special memories and interact with great exhibits.

Upper Limits Rock Climbing Gym

Truly one of the premier indoor rock climbing gyms in the Midwest, Upper Limits Maryland Heights offers St. Louis over 14,500 sq. ft. of climbing surface, complete with two giant lead arches and a massive top-out boulder. If that is not enough, we have added a fitness room, fully equipped with cardio and weight equipment, along with a private meeting area, spectators’ seating area, and a climbers’ lounge!

The Magic House

The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum will engage all children with hands-on learning experiences that spark imagination, pique curiosity, enhance creativity and develop problem-solving skills within a place of beauty, wonder, joy and magic.

This fun-filled attraction offers kids many hands-on learning activities and provides a special area for younger children.

Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis was founded in 1859 by Henry Shaw. Today, the Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display - widely considered one of the top three botanical gardens in the world. It features 79 acres of horticultural displays, including indoor conservatories and demonstration, formal and international gardens.

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MAC Instagram Post_ Job of the Day1Detroit is the largest city in the midwestern state of Michigan. Known as “Motor City” for it’s long-lasting ties to the auto industry, Detroit is also the birthplace of Motown Records.

Major Employers:

Motor City still leads the world in automotive manufacturing. Detroit is home to America's "Big Three" automakers, General MotorsFord Motor Company, and Chrysler. Virtually every major global automaker has a presence in the area including technology and design centers

Rock Ventures is a Detroit-based firm that serves and connects Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of more than 100 companies. Gilbert is the founder of Quicken Loans and the majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His companies span the fields of financial services, gaming, investment, real estate, sports and technology.

Cost of Living:

Average rent: $744 for a studio and $1051 for a one-bedroom place.

Average home price: $39,500

Utilities/month: $157

Gas prices: $2.51/gallon


Annual high temperature:           56.7°F

Annual low temperature:             40.7°F

Average temperature:                   48.7°F

Average annual precipitation - rainfall:    30.97 inch

Days per year with precipitation - rainfall:              133 days

Annual hours of sunshine:            2375 hours

Fun Things to Do in Detroit:

Detroit Institute of Arts

Considered to house one of the best art collections in the United States, the Institute showcases everything from mummies to modern art and African masks to Monets in its outstanding collection of over 65,000 works. Don't miss the General Motors Center for African American Art, a part of the DIA which showcases 400 pieces, in various media, by African American artists.

Sound Board Theater

Designed with input from renowned automotive designer Chip Foose, MotorCity Casino Hotel is Detroit’s most innovative entertainment venue featuring the crown jewel of the city’s skyline. With world-class luxury hotel accommodations, spa facilities, fine dining, live performance venues, and high-energy gaming, you’ll find your kind of entertainment at the new MotorCity Casino Hotel. Our 67,000 square foot state-of-the-art meeting and conference facilities will take your meetings and social events to a whole new level.

Eastern Market

Tuesday, Sunday, & Thursday Night Markets are open now through September! Our Tuesday Markets are a smaller version of our Saturday tradition that include cooking classes and free yoga/Zumba. Our Sunday Market features art, jewelry, Michigan-made products, antiques, entertainment, and more.

The Spirit of Detroit

Sculptor Marshall Fredericks did the city of Detroit proud when he created the now iconic "Spirit of Detroit" statue. Along with automobiles and Motown, it's one of the city's symbols. Standing proudly in downtown Detroit, it can sometimes be seen wearing clothing, much like the famous Manneken Pis in Brussels, Belgium. It's a beautiful sculpture you won't want to miss.

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is an exotic and rare collection of plants from around the world.

It is the oldest continually-running conservatory in the United States and is divided into five distinct sections: Palm House, the Tropical House, the Cactus House, a sunken Fernery, and the Show House. The Conservatory occupies a 13-acre parcel of land shared by the formal gardens and the Lily Pond. On the grounds is the Levi Barbour Memorial Fountain designed by Marshall Fredericks, a Japanese Tohro donated to Detroit in 1985 by the city of Toyota, Japan, and the Peacock Sundial erected in 1927.

Belle Isle Aquarium

The Belle Isle Aquarium was designed by famed Detroit architect, Albert Kahn, and opened on August 18, 1904. It is the oldest aquarium in the country and has served the Detroit community as a beloved attraction for generations. In 2005, the city of Detroit announced that the Aquarium was to be closed due to lean economic times for the city. The building remained closed to the public until the Belle Isle Conservancy reopened it on September 15, 2012.  Over the past three years, the aquarium has exploded in popularity, evident by the attendance numbers that have TRIPLED over the course of the past year.

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2-11With all of the arts, entertainment and nightlife attractions that Cincinnati has to offer, it might come as a surprise that the Queen City is one of the most affordable cities in the country. But Cincinnati’s cost of living is actually much lower than many high-profile American cities.

Major Employers:

The Kroger supermarket chain has locations in 35 states today, but the company began with a single Kroger grocery store in Cincinnati in 1883. The city remains the site of its executive offices.

Caring for infants to adolescents, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is an international leader in pediatric medicine, research and education.

Cost of Living:

Average rent: $769 for a studio and $942 for a one-bedroom place.

Average home price: $134,900

Utilities/month: $132

Gas prices: $2.51/gallon


Annual high temperature:           64.8°F

Annual low temperature:             44.5°F

Average temperature:   54.65°F

Average annual precipitation - rainfall:    42.24 inch

Days per year with precipitation - rainfall:              132 days

Annual hours of sunshine:            2574 hours

Fun Things to Do in Cincinnati:

Mushroom House

Located in Cincinnati’s otherwise architecturally chaste Hyde Park neighborhood, the so-called Mushroom House is another in a long line of homes that share a resemblance to fungus, from real homes in Canada and Colorado, to the Smurfs. Admittedly, soft round fungus does look like it would make a pretty comfortable building material, and maybe that was what architecture professor Terry Brown was thinking when he decided to transform his Cincinnati bungalow into a chaotic fairytale creation. Between 1992 and 2006, the late Brown used warped shingles and oddly wrapping staircases to give his one bedroom home on the corner of Erie and Tarpis Ave. a look like no other.

Cincinnati Streetcar Food Tour

Cincinnati is home to a thriving culinary scene but, for visitors, it can be hard to choose where to dine. Take the guesswork out of your visit by joining this streetcar tour that takes you to five or six different restaurants and a food market across several different neighborhoods to sample their best dishes.

Contemporary Arts Center

Reputed for its thought-provoking and innovative paintings, photography and other arts, this center, founded in 1939, is in a new six-story building that is a work of art itself, with fascinating features both inside and out.

Great American Ball Park

This new home for the Cincinnati Reds, the oldest major league baseball team in the U.S., balances its spiffy new look with nostalgic tributes to the team's history including reminders of Crosley Field, where it all began.

Smale Riverfront Park

This is a gorgeous park along the river bank that has brand new features for kids of all ages. Always clean and safe, even being downtown. The flowers and landscape is stunning and a beautiful accent to the majestic Roebling Bridge. I loved taking my toddler boys there for a day of splashing in one of the many splash areas, and then playing on the playground.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

This second oldest zoo in the U.S., considered one of the best in the country, is most renowned for its endangered species and birthing programs, particularly for gorillas and white tigers, and has a wonderful collection of felines and a delightful manatees exhibit.

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Louisville, Kentucky

10The largest city in Kentucky, Louisville, is situated on the Ohio River along the Indiana border. Louisville is renowned for the Kentucky Derby, a renowned horse race that takes place each year at Churchill Downs. Louisville is also famed for bourbon and baseball.

Major Employers:

Shipping giant UPS has its main sorting hub in Louisville. Dubbed Worldport, the 5.2 million-square-foot processing facility is home to 70 aircraft docks and 155 miles of conveyor belts. Worldport is capable of sorting up to 416,000 packages an hour, or 2,000 packages every 17 seconds, Engadget reported.

Humana, Inc. is headquartered in Louisville. This $54.38 billion company offers health insurance and related services through plans for employer groups, government-sponsored programs and individuals.

Cost of Living:

Average rent: $769 for a studio and $1275 for a one-bedroom place.

Average home price: $156,200

Utilities/month: $132

Gas prices: $2.51/gallon


Annual high temperature:           67.8°F

Annual low temperature:             48.6°F

Average temperature:   58.2°F

Average annual precipitation - rainfall:    44.89 inch

Days per year with precipitation - rainfall:              -

Annual hours of sunshine:            -

Av. annual snowfall:        13 inch

Fun Things to Do in Louisville:

Churchill Downs

This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875.

Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries Tour from Louisville

Sample the best of authentic Kentucky bourbon from big-league bourbon distilleries on this guided tour from Louisville. Head to Heaven Hill, Maker’s Mark, and Jim Beam American Stillhouse for tastings and a behind-the-scenes look at the distilling process of brand-name Kentucky bourbons. Tour includes all tastings, transportation with narrated commentary, and lunch.

Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum, where every day is Derby day, has a commitment to engage, educate, and excite everyone about the extraordinary experience that is the Kentucky Derby! When you visit the Museum, you will find yourself immersed in the next best thing to actually being at the Derby! As the exclusive tour provider for Churchill Downs Racetrack, various tours are offered throughout the year even when the track isn’t in session with live racing. General admission includes two levels of family-friendly interactive permanent & temporary exhibits, "The Greatest Race," a 360-degree immersive sound and visual experience that'll get your heart racing and emotions soaring, Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack, access to the Gift Shop, Kentucky fare in the Derby Cafe and much more!

Louisville Mega Cavern

While visiting Louisville, Kentucky, you won't want to miss MEGA ZIPS, the world's ONLY underground zipline adventure tour! Featuring 6 ziplines nearly 100 feet off the cavern floor and two challenge bridges, MEGA ZIPS is 2.5 hours of adrenaline-fueled adventure! Though fun for the whole family, the kids will especially love MEGA QUEST, the only underground ropes challenge course in the world! MEGA QUEST features two levels and 76 challenge elements including mini-ziplines and rope walls. Explore at your own pace in this 2-hour adventure! Heights aren't your thing? No problem! Enjoy the jumps in our 320,000 square foot BMX & MTB MEGA BIKE PARK, explore the furthest parts of the cavern on our MEGA eBIKE tour, or enjoy a seated historical tour of the cavern on our MEGA TRAM.

Kentucky Kingdom

Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay offers more than 70 thrilling rides, coasters and water attractions! In 2014, we doubled the size of Hurricane Bay Water Park, adding eight new attractions and the world's tallest body slide, Deep Water Dive! We also introduced Lightning Run roller coaster- a steel coaster with a 100 foot, 80 degree drop; T3, a suspended looping coaster with five gravity defying inversions - sure to make you flip head over heels, literally; and new for 2016, STORM CHASER! Storm Chaser is the first coaster in America to feature a barrel roll drop from a 10-story lift hill – and don’t get us started on the 78-degree angle of that drop… that’s nearly perpendicular!

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4-8You may have all heard that everything is bigger in Texas. Well, Dallas, also known as “Big D” does its best to fulfill that promise. The city has a vibrant food culture, with some of the best Tex-Mex food in the land. Arts and entertainment, museums, and mild weather make Dallas an enticing place to put down roots.

Major Employers:

American Airlines (AMR) is the world's largest airline, and serves 250 cities across 40 countries, with thousands of daily flights. The company's main headquarters are in Fort Worth, and include the American, American Eagle, and American Connection lines. AMR was named the World's Leading Airline to North America in 2012 by World Travel Awards.

Texas Instruments — the company that probably made your graphing calculator from high school — is a global semiconductor company that operates in 35 countries. TI’s headquarters are in Dallas, so the bulk of its American employees are located there.

Cost of Living:

Average rent: $894 for a studio and $1257 for a one-bedroom place.

Average home price: $194,100

Utilities/month: $139

Gas prices: $2.49/gallon


Annual high temperature: 77.1°F

Annual low temperature: 51.5°F

Average temperature: 64.3°F

Average annual precipitation - rainfall: 40.97 inch

Fun Things To Do in Dallas:

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

When it's not 100 degrees in Dallas, it is fun to walk across the bridge and see the skyline. Great location for a family photo. You can drive across to Trinity Groves, find a place to eat and then take a short walk and a photo on the bridge. 

Dallas Arts District

The Dallas Arts District is the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation.

Since January 26, 2009, the Dallas Arts District has operated under the umbrella of Downtown Dallas, Inc., a nonprofit organization that serves as an advocate for downtown Dallas.

Since 1984, the Dallas Arts District, a nonprofit 501c3 organization, has become the primary steward and representative for the institutions and properties within the largest contiguous arts district in the United States spanning 19 blocks in the northeast corner of downtown Dallas, connecting culture, commerce, residences, schools and churches.

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park

Located on the grounds of Dallas's first city park, Dallas Heritage Village is the perfect place to step back in time. You can immerse yourself in the lives of Texans during the pioneer and Victorian eras. The buildings are all part of North Texas history and give you the opportunity to see and experience nineteenth century life. As you stroll through the grounds, you'll discover how crops were grown, how animals were cared for, how family life progressed, and how the sense of community developed for ordinary Texans over 100 years ago. The Village hosts multiple family events throughout the year and visitors can participate in daily activities led by History Hosts.

Trinity Forest Adventure Park

Trinity Forest Adventure Park is the first and only Aerial Adventure Park of its kind in Texas, right off Interstate 20 in Dallas. It consists of cargo nets, bridges, climbing features, zip lines and other elements that allow a participant to travel from one part of the course to another. There are multiple difficulty levels suited to challenge every type of ability and fitness level.

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8Indianapolis is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Indiana, and it’s the third most populous city in the American Midwest. Known as the "Crossroads of America" Indianapolis anchors the 25th largest economic region in the U.S., based primarily on the sectors of finance and insurance, manufacturing, professional and business services, education and health care.Indy has a reputation for fun, as the host of the world's largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500.

Major Employers:

Purdue University Indianapolis is a public research university in Indianapolis, Indiana. A core campus of Indiana University that also offers Purdue University degrees, it is the result of a merger in 1969 of the Purdue Indianapolis Extension Center and Indiana University Indianapolis.

Eli Lilly and Company researches, develops and manufactures pharmaceuticals. Its headquarters are in Indianapolis, which is home to about half of its total U.S. employees.

Cost of Living:

Average rent: $683 for a studio and $773 for a one-bedroom place.

Average home price: $134,100

Utilities/month: $147

Gas prices: $2.39/gallon


Annual high temperature:           62.4°F

Annual low temperature:             43.8°F

Average temperature:   53.1°F

Average annual precipitation - rainfall:    42.2 inch

Days per year with precipitation - rainfall:              125 days

Annual hours of sunshine:            2439 hours

Fun Things to Do in Indianapolis:

Central Canal

The Canal Walk was a nice way to explore some of the area around Downtown Indi. It has museums to visit and a few restaurants near by. The White River Park is also in the area for a picnic. The walk is level however there are some areas where stairs may be used to go up to the street for parking. Many of the locals visit this location and many of the local street musicians also are performing here.

Garfield Park Arts Center

A medium sized conservatory for tropical plants is especially welcoming during the winter months. A pleasant holiday show includes hundreds of poinsettias and model trains for the children. Indoor waterfalls and outdoor gardens for the summer are available.

Indy 500

Memorial Day Weekend brings the internationally acclaimed Indy 500 to the Brickyard in Indianapolis, and it's the most exciting speed race event in the calendar. This 200 lap race celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011, and the participants battle to win the $1 million Borg-Warner Trophy, along with a huge cash prize. Go along, soak up the speed, and eat one of millions of hot dogs and bratwurst, which if laid end to end would circle the track more than three times!

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The largest children's museum in the world just got even bigger with the addition of a new 7.5-acre outdoor health and fitness area that encourages activity through multiple sports. The new space, called Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience includes basketball, football, hockey, soccer, pedal car racing (drag strip and oval track), golf, baseball, and tennis. The indoor portion of the new area includes the National Art Museum of Sport along with the World of Sport and History of Hoops. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis itself is made up of 500,000 square feet with exhibits and activities that are fun and interesting for the entire family as they explore the physical and natural sciences, history, world cultures and the arts through exciting interactive exhibits on five floors. Families will discover some of the most rare dinosaur fossils in the world and see what it's like to live and work in space. There's also a theater with children's plays and live entertainment.

Indianapolis Zoo

Home to over 2,000 animals and Indiana's largest aquarium, this 64-acre zoo has lions, elephants and other wild animals roaming through natural settings. A special petting area allows children to touch, but not feed, the tamer animals. There's also the world's largest enclosed dolphin show and a roller-coaster for all ages to enjoy.

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5-3Nestled in the mountains of the American West, Denver has a lot to offer. For outdoor enthusiasts, Denver is a dream destination. And if you’re planning on training for a major sporting event, working out at Denver’s mile-high elevation will give you an edge.

Major Employers:

Denver is the site of United Airlines’ Flight Training Center, where all 12,500 United pilots go to train. Denver is also a hub city for the airline, which has the most comprehensive global route network of any airline.

The U.S. Government is the largest employer in Metro Denver. The Department of the Interior includes such agencies as Bureau of Land Management, Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation, Bureau of Reclamation and all have offices in or near the Denver Metro area. In addition, there are 6 military bases near Denver, including Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora and Fort Carson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

Cost of Living:

Average rent: $1133 for a studio and $1220 for a one-bedroom place.

Average home price: $540,624

Utilities/month: $116.52

Gas prices: $2.74/gallon


Annual high temperature:           65°F

Annual low temperature:             36.4°F

Average temperature:   50.7°F

Average annual precipitation - rainfall:    14.16 inch

Fun Things to Do In Denver:

Rocky Mountain National Park Day Trip from Denver

Immerse yourself in the magnificent scenery of the Rocky Mountains on this full-day tour from Denver. Drive across the Continental Divide and Trail Ridge Road, peaking at an astonishing 12,000 feet (3,658 meters) above sea level. Pass through the scenic ski town of Winter Park and enjoy lunch on the shores of Grand Lake. Soak up unspoiled alpine views in Rocky Mountain National Park, and keep an eye out for wildlife including elk, bighorn sheep, moose and black bears.

Downtown Denver Food Tour

Denver's compact downtown area makes it easy to visit several restaurants in a short amount of time on this walking food tour of the Mile High City. Sample sweet and savory dishes at six restaurants while your guide introduces you to Denver's culinary scene and shares an insider's perspective on the bustling LoDo neighborhood. Bonus: Exploring by foot gives you an intimate glimpse of the vibrant city.

Denver Zoo

Adventure Awaits! Every day, Denver Zoo seeks to inspire exploration and discovery, and creates connections with people, animals and nature. It is the most visited cultural destination in Colorado, serving 2 million people per year. Located in Denver’s City Park, the Zoo is a nonprofit organization accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Spanning more than 24 acres, Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street presents a wide range of gardens and collections that illustrate an ever-widening diversity of plants from all corners of the world. Distinctive gardens define and celebrate our Western identity and a unique high altitude climate and geography.

Downtown Aquarium

This new innovative aquarium offers self-guided tours through two separate ecosystems, the Colorado River and the Indonesian River.

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