The midwest is blessed with some of the greatest zoos in the country and several of them are in the running to be named best zoo in the country.

USA Today has named 20 finalists for the country's best zoo and, according to KETV, they were "hand-picked by a panel of zoo and family travel experts."

The three zoos in the midwest that made the finals are:

You can vote for your favorite zoo HERE through noon Monday, March 27.

There are some great zoos and aquariums even closer to home. The most well-known zoo is the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.

Another great zoo not too far into Illinois is one I discovered just a few years ago. The Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley.

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque is an awesome day-outing here in the Hawkeye state.

Right here in Cedar Rapids, the little ones will especially love Old MacDonald's Farm at Bever Park.

Warm weather is on the way, so make plans for a family getaway now. You won't be disappointed with the trip or the memories you'll make.

[via KETV]