March 20, 2020
Summer activity at the Black Rocks of Presque Isle Park in Marquette, Michigan. The dark geological feature is a popular place for jumping into Lake S

Midwest Traveler: Why Marquette, Mich., is your base for fun on the Upper Peninsula

Marquette, Mich., is a fine base for biking, hiking, brews and day trips.
March 12, 2020
True North Basecamp features six bike-friendly lakefront cabins on the doorstep of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

Fat biking in the polar vortex in northern Minnesota's Cuyuna area

At Cuyuna Country in Crosby, Minn., subzero weather leads to the best winter biking ever.
March 2, 2020
The sun shone into the Wilderness Resort’s indoor Wild WaterDome.

Looking for a warm, affordable spring break? Head to Wisconsin Dells

The vacation destination is full of weatherproof fun all year round.
February 29, 2020
Kevin Walsh mushes dogs along the Gunflint Trail under blue skies and windchill of -50 degrees.

Quick Trips: Dog Days in Grand Marais, eagle festival in Wabasha, Canoecopia in Wisconsin

Grand Marais, Minn. Check out the Dog Days of Winter Sat. along the Gunflint Trail. Mushers will lead four-, six- and eight-dog teams at 11…
January 31, 2020
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City features life-size bronze sculptures of star players, including Satchel Paige.

Midwest Traveler: Kansas City baseball museum pays tribute to the Negro Leagues

Kansas City baseball museum kicks off a centennial year of tributes.
January 16, 2020
SAP Brunch, Brown Bag & Bakery is a contemporary take on a retro diner: quirky and cheerful with breakfast bar and bakery case.

Midwest Traveler: Eating your way through Appleton, Wis.

The Wisconsin city is full of sweet surprises — but not necessarily apples.
January 9, 2020
A wall in the new Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library in Indianapolis displays vintage paperback covers of “Slaughterhouse-Five.”

Two centers in Indianapolis celebrate local icons Kurt Vonnegut and Madam Walker

Two centers pay tribute to novelist Kurt Vonnegut and Madam Walker, the first female African-American millionaire.
December 21, 2019
On the north side of the Mackinac Island in Michigan, a single cannon aims toward the horizon.

Here's why Mackinac Island is fun for the whole family

Every day is the "best day ever!" for families with kids on the car-free Michigan isle.
December 14, 2019
Mille Lacs workshops highlight Ojibwe art and crafts

Mille Lacs workshops highlight Ojibwe art and crafts

Creative camaraderie chases away the gloom of a steely wintry weekend.
December 5, 2019
A crowd watched holiday lights come on as fireworks lit up the sky during the Plaza Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City on Nov. 28.

Midwest Traveler: Kansas City glows with holiday sparkle

With lights, toys and free activities, Kansas City is the Midwest's epicenter of holiday mirth.
November 27, 2019
A pop-up hotel room at the Acme Hotel is decorated with Andy Warhol-themed decor.

Chicago hotels ride a wave of Warhol mania

The Windy City is having a Warhol moment, thanks to an Art Institute exhibit.
November 21, 2019
The Templeton Rye distillery building, opened in 2018 in Templeton, Iowa, was designed to resemble a grain elevator.

In Templeton, Iowa, tasting the historic whiskey known as 'The Good Stuff'

Iowa town is the home of Templeton Rye, a craft whiskey label revived from Prohibition days.
October 31, 2019
Jeff Houghton hosts the late-night talk show “The Mystery Hour” in Springfield, Mo. It airs on KAAL in southeastern Minnesota.

Midwest Traveler: Springfield, Mo., has its own late-night TV talk show, and it's a riot

"The Mystery Hour" is taped before a live studio audience in Missouri.
October 5, 2019
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.
September 28, 2019
King Gambrinus, an icon of beer, raises his glass at the Best Place Milwaukee at the former Pabst Brewery.

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

From a work-themed museum to beer events, Brew City really delivers.
September 21, 2019
Iowa City stationery shop RSVP was an unlikely venue for a literary reading.

Midwest Traveler: Iowa City is literature city, literally

This City of Literature has a dedicated writerly scene.
September 12, 2019
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.
August 29, 2019
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.
August 25, 2019
“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.
August 24, 2019
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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