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If you love to eat your way through state fairs as much as I do, tweets like this alert us that it's time to start planning our visit:  New foods at the #ISF2015 are here! http://t.co/2DheyqaLqE — Iowa State Fair (@IowaStateFair) June 24, 2015 Four of the Midwest's largest state fairs have already revealed their mouth-watering lineup of new foods... More
When summer days start to sizzle, head underground. The Midwest claims some of the world’s longest cave systems, along with reclaimed mines and other underground adventures. Our picks for cool attractions:  Lake Vermillion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Soudan, Minnesota Visitors travel by mineshaft cage a half-mile into the earth then take a tram through... More
If you’re in Cedar Rapids, get ready for cultural immersion! From Czech Village to the outlying Amana Colonies—with plenty of food, drink and market stops along the way—the second-largest city in Iowa is an eye-opening, mouth-watering destination. 1. Cedar Ridge Vineyards Pick your potable at Cedar Ridge, aka the first licensed distillery in Iowa since Prohibition. If... More
Lakes set the scene for some of summer's best moments: a refreshing cannonball dive, a picnic along the shoreline, an evening boat ride followed by a beach bonfire. We chose some of our favorite Instagram photos that capture the spirit of summer at the lake.  1) Playtime on the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago, by @killdevilfalls. 2) Sunset... More
Sitting in a gazebo overlooking a lake, we drink a toast to the setting sun as we watch Grevy’s zebras, Sichuan takins, Sable antelope and even a Bactrian camel visit the water below us. Witnessing this sundown ritual, it feels like we’re on an African safari. But we’re much closer to home—southeastern Ohio, in fact—at The Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center... More
At Hands On Art Studio in Door County, Wisconsin, gold, red and blue tiles for mosaics fill jars like jellybeans in a candy store. Owners Cy Turnbladh and Karen Ohm are used to seeing customers wander around their two-story barn with the same look of wonder that kids have when surrounded by sweets. Would-be artists choose from projects such as including fused glass, metal... More
Surreal scenes of storm clouds, shipwrecks and moonlit streams captured the imaginations of our Instagram followers in June. The five most-liked photos of the month: 1) @littlecoal was in the right spot at the perfect time when he photographed these deer crossing the Maumee River in northwest Ohio (https://instagram.com/p/3lpTePGza_/). 2) This incredible aerial perspective of the... More
Chicagoans love summer. It’s glorious here through September (and even into October), with the waters of Lake Michigan sparkling, green parks bustling with families, tulips blooming and fireworks bursting over Navy Pier. And the best part? You don’t have to pay through the nose to make the most of the summer in Chicago. Look around and you’ll find free outdoor... More
I love old barns.  They’re a way for me to feel connected to the generations before me—a window to the past. I’ve taken more than 200 photos of barns recently in my home state of North Dakota and other Midwest states. Some of my favorites: Double decker. This gem east of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, started out as a cattle sale barn and remains a working facility... More
Johnnie Morris’ repertoire leans heavily on his knack for framing experiences. The Missouri-based entrepreneur grew his Bass Pro Shops into a chain of megastores by turning them into attractions full of wildlife dioramas and giant aquariums that elevate a trip for buying fishing rods into a family memory. Since then, he’s turned his attention to luxury tourism experiences,... More