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Road trip season is finally here, which means it’s time to plan a getaway. Instead of pointing out the obvious spots, we’re uncovering 20 under-the-radar destinations that offer plenty of small-town charm.

These Midwest destinations are just a car ride away, tempting travelers to pick a random weekend, get on the road and drive. Each of these spots has something special to offer regardless of whether you travel for food, attractions, history, views or outdoor adventures.

Click the links below to learn about each of these destinations:

48 Hours in Ottawa, Illinois

Midwest gems to travel to this summer

LaSalle County Court House (Courtesy of Ottawa Visitors Center)

48 Hours in Holland, Michigan

Midwest gems to travel to this summer

Holland Harbor “Big Red” Lighthouse (Photo by Getty Images)

48 Hours in Red Wing, Minnesota

Midwest gems to travel to this summer

Photo by Zach Ellefson, Drone City

Up the Coast of Lake Michigan: St. Joseph, South Haven, Saugatuck, Grand Haven and Muskegon

Midwest gems to travel to this summer

St. Joseph (Courtesy of Getty Images)

A quick detour to Middlebury, Indiana

Midwest gems to travel to this summer

Courtesy of Elkhart County, Indiana CVB, Das Dutchman Essenhaus

The Time of Your Life in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

Midwest gems to travel to this summer

Courtesy of Elkhart Lake Tourism

For the Wine Lovers: Hermann, Missouri

Midwest gems to travel to this summer

Stone Hill Winery (Photo by Matt Wilson, Courtesy of Visit Hermann)

For Outdoor Seekers: Brown County, Indiana

Midwest gems to travel to this summer

Courtesy of Brown County BCVB

For Art Appreciators: Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Midwest gems to travel to this summer

Courtesy of Mineral Point Chamber of Commerce

For Water Bugs: Winona, Minnesota

Midwest gems to travel to this summer

Courtesy of Cynthya Porter

6 Hidden Gems in Wisconsin: Algoma, Cable, Bayfield, Cedarburg, Delafield and Milton

Midwest gems to travel to this summer

Algoma (Courtesy of Getty Images)