A kayaker made his way down the tranquil Boardman River through the heart of brewery-filled Traverse City.

In this Michigan oasis, you can kayak to a dozen fine breweries

Traverse City is known for a vibrant downtown that abuts Lake Michigan, and its proximity to Michigan's best wineries and famous sand dunes.

Milwaukee getaway offers a lot more than beer — and also a lot of beer

September 28
King Gambrinus, an icon of beer, raises his glass at the Best Place Milwaukee at the former Pabst Brewery.
From a work-themed museum to beer events, Brew City really delivers.

Midwest Traveler: Iowa City is literature city, literally

September 21
Iowa City stationery shop RSVP was an unlikely venue for a literary reading.
This City of Literature has a dedicated writerly scene.
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September 12
The ornate wooden replica of the 1250 Gol Stave Church in Norway anchors the Scandinavian Heritage Center in Minot, N.D.

Midwest Traveler: Scandinavian celebration Norsk Hostfest returns to Minot, N.D.

The 42nd Norsk HØstfest will draw 50,000 people to Minot, N.D., Sept. 25-28.
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August 29
The Pyle House Museum in Huron, S.D., is full of memorabilia celebrating Gladys Pyle, the first elected woman U.S. senator.

Midwest Traveler: Where to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage

Minnesota and other states mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment.
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August 25
“Treehouse”-style lodging by American Resort & Treehouses in Wisconsin Dells includes use of the adjacent natural lagoon.

Unique lodging options in Wisconsin Dells

Treehouses, tiny houses and a Frank Lloyd Wright cottage are all options.
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August 24
Carved sandstone bluffs, cliffs, canyons and gorges line the Wisconsin River at the Wisconsin Dells. The Sugar Bowl is a free-standing rock formation

Wisconsin Dells has a water park you may not have considered: The Wisconsin River

Dip into the Wisconsin River — the natural beauty that first spurred tourism at the Dells.
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August 19
Ruth Venegas and Zeek Ramos joined a sea cave tour with Lost Creek Adventures on their visit from Chicago.

Superior's divine isles: Exploring the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

The Apostles are among the last truly remote places in the Midwest, precisely because they are so hard to reach.
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August 15
Patrons soak in a larch-wood tubs filled with hops, yeast, herbs and beer at Piva Beer Spa.

Midwest Traveler: Chicago's beer spa is a barrel of fun

In Chicago, soak in the suds for an afternoon of brew-filled relaxation.
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August 8
Elkhart Lake's namesake lake is one of the clearest in Wisconsin. Motorized vessels are banned on Sundays.

Midwest Traveler: Elkhart Lake, Wis., is a resort town without the pretension

Elkhart Lake is an old-fashioned, traditional summer getaway in eastern Wisconsin.
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July 26
A Chevy convertible sits beneath a 1960 McDonald’s sign in an exhibit on “Driving in America” at the Henry Ford Museum.

Midwest Traveler: The Henry Ford Museum assembles epic American artifacts

Visitors to the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., see Rosa Parks' bus, Thomas Edison's lab and Abraham Lincoln's law office.
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July 20
“Dignity: of Earth and Sky,” a 50-foot-tall steel statue of a Native American woman, is on a bluff near Chamberlain. She holds an outstretched qui

Spirit of South Dakota: Road trip along the Missouri River reveals heart of the state

History looms large during a road trip along the Missouri River in South Dakota, home to reservoirs, breweries and Lakota culture.
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July 18
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve offers a cool swim in a former granite mine, as well as rock climbing, trails and picnic areas.

Midwest Traveler: On a summer day trip, St. Cloud's appeal is clear

St. Cloud transforms from drive-through city into day-trip destination.
July 11
Barbara Martin-Smith flipped through a gallery of photos at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill.

Midwest Traveler: Lincoln-loving Springfield, Ill., is worth a visit or three

Lincoln looms large in Illinois' capital, which boasts Route 66 relics and only-in-Springfield fare.
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July 6
Cook Alvaro Aguilera adds fries to a plate of fried fish at the 5 O’Clock Club in Pewaukee, Wis.

Wisconsin is hooked on Friday fish fries

Friday fish fries are a "rite of passage" at restaurants and bars all over the state.
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June 29
Signs mark the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, a collection of 18 wineries spread across the American Viticultural Area.

Along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, the Midwest meets Napa

Southwest Michigan's vineyards boast variety — and a cute new B&B.
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June 21
DJ Harry Cross’ Overly Drumatic party on the Ace Hotel rooftop in the West Loop in Chicago returns July 7.

Midwest Traveler: A Pride guide to LGBT Chicago

There's a place for all orientations in Chicago's sprawling scene.
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June 15
The Spam Museum in Austin, Minn., is an interactive shrine to Hormel Foods’ iconic canned meat.

Midwest Traveler: Spam Museum makes for a meaty road trip in Austin, Minn.

Austin, Minn.'s famous foodstuff is at the center of this appealing town.
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June 8
Museum director Lynne Blomstrand Moratzka leads a tour of Gammelgarden, showing Swedish immigrant life, in August.

Scandia group proposing tourism upgrades, including arts and heritage center

Washington County town considers reconstructing a structure from its past.
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June 2
Traditional wooden small craft take to Lake Superior at the North House Folk School’s Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival.

Grand Marais celebration is like the car show for wooden watercraft enthusiasts

A wooden boat parade, puppetry pageant, chowder tasting and contra dancing are part of this North Shore event.
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May 19
Eagles Nest in Nisswa, Minn. The mom-and-pop resort on Lower Cullen Lake has 15 charming clapboard cabins and a 40-foot beach.

5 budget resorts in Minnesota where we really want to spend a week

Looking for s’mores on the beach, fishing off the dock, lounge chairs lined up on the sand — and a nightly rate that won’t hurt…
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May 17
FILE--In this Wednesday, June 11, 2014, file photo, James Lyons and Florence Reaves, from Kirkwood, Mo., hike to a stone lookout over the Little Misso

Hit the road for these National Park sites around the Midwest

These invigorating National Park Service sites are within a day's drive (or so) from the Twin Cities.
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May 17
Zipline photo Provided by Kerfoot Canopy Tours

Zipline attractions around Minnesota let you experience the heights of summer

Six unforgettable zipline adventures in Minnesota.