Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup: Each fall, the ground rumbles as the 1,300-head bison herd is brought in.

In South Dakota, enjoying buffalo roundup and Wild West shootouts

From buffalo roundups to Wild West towns in the western part of the state.

Midwest Traveler: Louisville's bourbon sprawl

April 14
Guests waited for drinks at the lobby bar of the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky.
Kentucky's largest city has art and music to offer — and one fine drink.

Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood is a smorgasbord of shopping, food and drink

March 29
The Swedish-American hangout Simon’s Tavern has been a mainstay of Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood since 1934.
The Andersonville neighborhood offers a buffet of delights, Swedish and otherwise.
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March 25
A winter tradition at Camp du Nord near Ely, Minn., involves avantouinti — Finnish for “ice-hole swimming.”

From saunas to snowshoeing, northern Minnesota's Camp du Nord hosts a peaceful winter escape

Camp du Nord is known for its summer family camps. But winter is increasingly a draw for adults, couples and women's groups.
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March 18
Schmidt’s Meat Market in Nicollet has won awards for its dill pickle brats and raspberry chipotle bacon.

Minnesota's Meat Trail: 5 small-town markets worth the drive

A road trip to the state's best family-run, tradition-loving meat markets.
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February 28
Sandhill cranes over the Platte River near Kearney, Neb.

Midwest Traveler: Sandhill cranes flock to Nebraska in epic migration

The annual crane migration in March gives new meaning to "flyover country."
February 21
A guest suite with a view of Lake Michigan at the Viceroy Chicago. The 18-floor pleated glass high-rise hotel sits in Chicago’s Near North Side.

Reimagined Viceroy hotel fits the bill on Chicago's Gold Coast

The 18-floor pleated glass high-rise hotel sits on the tony Near North Side.
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February 21
The Sleeping Giant — a 3-mile-long mesa and provincial park — sits across the namesake body of water from the city of Thunder Bay.

In the depths of winter, Thunder Bay, Ontario, is a sleeping giant

Even during a polar vortex, it's possible to discover the Ontario city's charms.
Eat & Drink
February 18
Hiking through a vineyard in winter gives an appreciation for Minnesota-grown wine grapes at Crow River Winery by Hutchinson.

A winter winery crawl on the Twin Cities' western edge

Three wineries near Hutchinson, Minn., and Waconia make for an ideal winter day trip.
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February 16
At the 20th annual International Eelpout Festival in Walker, Minn., Abe Hiro, senior correspondent for Fuji Television Network News, held an eelpout f

Quick Trips: Eelpout and Grumpy Old Men festivals and Big Turn Music Fest

Walker, Minn. Anglers will pick their spots and ready their ice augers for the 40th annual Eelpout Festival Feb. 21-24 on Leech Lake. In addition…
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February 1
The tap room at BrewDog’s 42-acre complex has a full menu, serving items such as chili chorizo pizza and cauliflower wings.

Midwest Traveler: Columbus, Ohio's new craft beer hotel anchors a hopping scene

Scottish brand's DogHouse hotel is a sign of what's brewing in Columbus.
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January 26
Rochesterites entered the 2018 SocialIce festival in Peace Plaza through a curtain of ice cubes illuminated by color-changing lights.

Art and carved ice converge in Rochester, Minn.

Wintertime is fun in the Mayo Clinic city, with the SocialIce festival coming.
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January 19
Pasties on the cooling rack at Pasties Plus in Grand Rapids.

Eating our way along Minnesota's pasty trail

On northern Minnesota's Iron Range, the meat- and veggie-filled pasty is quintessential cuisine.
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January 19
The 33rd running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon got underway Sunday afternoon in Two Harbors. Here, Colleen Wallin sprinted with her team do

Quick Trips: Lake Superior Ice Festival, John Beargrease Sled Dog Race and Wintefest

Superior, Wis. Winter fun abounds during the Lake Superior Ice Festival Jan. 25-27 on Barker’s Island. Starting at 6 p.m. Fri. the Great Lakes Pond…
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January 10
Designed like a stone mountain wrapped in dove’s wings or a glass cloud, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights opened in 2014.

Midwest Traveler: Winnipeg museum highlights human rights

An acclaimed museum in the Manitoba capital inspires in divisive times.
Stage & Arts
January 3
Broadway star Stephanie J. Block performed at the Cabaret.

Indianapolis stakes its claim as cabaret capital of the Midwest

A dedicated Indy venue features your new best friends riffing on the Great American Songbook.
December 22, 2018
A Christmas Story House and Museum in Cleveland attracts a steady stream of fans.

Midwest Traveler: Cleveland house is the home of 'A Christmas Story'

Cleveland's "Christmas Story" house and the Rock Hall of Fame make for a perfect weekend getaway.
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December 6, 2018
The Mula restaurant/tequileria and Scriptown Brewery are at the heart of the burgeoning Blackstone District in Omaha.

Midwest Traveler: Omaha's Blackstone is reserved for dining out

Revived neighborhood is the place for eating and drinking in the Big O.
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December 1, 2018
Most of the Käthe Wohlfahrt store's ornaments are handmade in Europe.

Where to eat and shop in Stillwater, a town with year-round holiday cheer

The river town offers boutique shopping, upscale cuisine and a taste of the holidays year-round.
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November 29, 2018
Ski season opened once again at Afton Alps on Nov. 16.

Want to ski? Minnesota has loads of options

Across Minnesota, people will soon be retrieving skis from storage, applying wax, checking the bindings — if they haven’t already. There are giants of the…
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November 29, 2018
Family-run Bearskin Lodge has four accomodations adjacent to the lodge and 11 cabins, all near the shore of Bearskin Lake, off the Gunflint Trail. Pho

Winter lodging along the Gunflint Trail

A growing number of resorts along the Gunflint Trail are staying open during winter. Here are details on just a few: Bearskin Lodge: I skied,…
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November 29, 2018
A cross-country skiers crosses a pond on the Beaver Dam Trail at Bearskin Lodge, on Minnesota's Gunflint Trail. Photo by Kerri Westenberg/Star Tribune

Three cross-country ski networks along Minnesota's Gunflint Trail

Three distinct networks of cross-country ski trails lie along the Gunflint Trail. Head out with a friend, a map and plenty of water to ski…
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November 21, 2018
The Mississippi River between its headwaters in Itasca State Park and “fun little college town” Bemidji.

Where to stay, eat and play along the Mississippi River? Book on Great River Road tells all

Dean Klinkenberg stopped counting the miles he’s cruised on the Great River Road when he hit 120,000. “I wore out one car, and I’m working…