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September 21, 2018
Chef Greg Emilis Beard outside his Soul “N” the Wall restaurant. Singer Patti LaBelle comes by every time she’s in Detroit, he said.

Midwest Traveler: When in Detroit, eat everything

From ethnic enclaves to soul food, freewheeling Detroit's dining is diverse.
September 13, 2018
A poster of novelist Willa Cather peeked out of one of the windows of the National Willa Cather Center in tiny Red Cloud, Neb.

Red Cloud, Neb., celebrates 100 years of Willa Cather's 'My Antonia'

Nebraska town marks the centennial of Willa Cather's classic novel.
September 9, 2018
Mist rises from Elbow Lake in Otter Tail County.

Rolling into autumn with 3 scenic driving routes in Minnesota

For a blast of fall colors, hit the road on one of these three routes.
September 9, 2018
During the first day at the lodge, Brothers Nathan (left) and Gabe Usem broke out the paddle boards on White Iron Lake. Their family was visiting from

Why autumn is the best time for a trip to the Boundary Waters

Autumn visitors to the wilderness area find fewer bugs, less campsite competition and a new season of beauty.
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August 31, 2018
Customers are drawn to the double cheeseburger at Au Cheval in Chicago.

Where to eat in Chicago's West Loop

Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the neighborhood.
August 30, 2018
Amtrak's Empire Builder pulled into the Winona, Minn., station.

Tips for train travel, from someone who was stuck on one in Wisconsin

When traveling on Amtrak, pack well, warns Wyatt Johnston of Rochester, Minn. “Bring snacks, bring extra batteries, bring one of those portable Wi-Fi hotspot…
August 30, 2018
Enjoy Belgian wheats, Scotch ales, pilsners, IPAs and stouts from Bismarck Brewing with German fare from Bismarck Ale Works.

Midwest Traveler: Butterhorns and beer in Bismarck, N.D.

Bismarck, N.D., beckons with new breweries, indigenous culture and a revitalized downtown.
August 23, 2018
The Superior Princess coasts by the Raspberry Island Lighthouse and its house for the lighthouse keeper.

Midwest Traveler: Cruising around Wisconsin's wild Lake Superior isles

A cruise tour delivers close-up views of the Apostle Islands.
August 16, 2018
Devonian Fossil Gorge, a fossil bed exposed by 1993 flooding, offers clues to life 375 million years ago near present-day Iowa City.

Midwest Traveler: Fossil hunting at Iowa's Devonian Gorge and five more regional sites

Iowa's Devonian Fossil Gorge and other Midwestern sites make for a prehistoric road trip.
August 9, 2018
S.P. Dinsmoor’s Garden of Eden consists of the artist’s limestone cabin and sculpture garden.

Midwest Traveler: Kansas boasts quirky 'grass-roots art' capital

Small-town Lucas attracts artists from way, way off the beaten path.
August 2, 2018
The Driftless Historium in Mount Horeb, Wis., includes an 1890s former hardware store and a replica of an 1882 railroad inn.

Midwest Traveler: Small-town museum in southwest Wisconsin has big vision

The Driftless Historium in Mount Horeb, Wis., is an impressive tribute.
July 31, 2018
Chula Vista Durango Drop at Wisconsin Dells.

Plunging down the 6 scariest waterslides in Wisconsin Dells

Which ones cause the most people to chicken out while waiting in line or milliseconds before taking the plunge?
July 26, 2018
Duck boats sit idle in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday nig

How the amphibious World War II 'Duck' boat became a tourist staple

The amphibious war vehicles were revived in Wisconsin Dells, Branson.
July 26, 2018
The hamlet of St. Donatus, Iowa, features a hike along one of the nation’s oldest outdoor Stations of the Cross.

Midwest Traveler: Exploring small towns along the Great River Road in Iowa

Antiques, small towns and beautiful views define one 72-mile stretch along the Mississippi.
July 19, 2018
The Roseman Covered Bridge is one of six covered bridges in Madison County, and one of two that span the Middle River.

Midwest Traveler: Paddling under the bridges of Madison County

Canoeing Iowa's Middle River, made famous by its iconic covered bridges.
July 14, 2018
Biking the Mesabi Trail, from the Mississippi to the Boundary Waters. Photo by Simon Peter Groebner * Star tribune

Minnesota's best bike trail takes riders on a tour of the Iron Range

The unpredictable Mesabi Trail carries cyclists 135 miles from the Mississippi River to the Boundary Waters.
July 10, 2018
Phoenix Park in downtown Eau Claire, Wis., is home to the city’s weekly Artist Market (May-September) and the Farmers Market.

Midwest Traveler: Eau Claire renaissance continues

The Wisconsin city reinvents itself with music, bikes, art and food.
June 30, 2018
Rose and John Stahl posed at Mr. Wizard’s Hops, their six-acre (and growing) hopyard near Ann Arbor, Mich.

Michigan is mad about hops — and hoppy beers

Craft-beer-crazy Michigan is the nation's fourth-largest hops producer.
June 30, 2018
The Jolly Green Giant stands 55½ feet tall in Blue Earth, Minn.

Tour Minnesota's giant roadside attractions: from Jolly Green Giant to a double-decker outhouse

From the oddball to the iconic, these roadside attractions reveal the magic of our state.
June 17, 2018
At Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake, solo travelers can stay busy with bike trips, pontoon rides and lounging at the beach.

In the Brainerd Lakes area, alone and loving it

Being alone at a resort could feel strange. But in this case it was wonderful.