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On fall weekends, the city of South Bend, Indiana, swells with legions of diehard football fans. They come to cheer on the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame and to snap photos of the university’s famous Touchdown Jesus mural. But football isn’t the only fall draw in this picturesque college town. Here are eight more reasons to visit South Bend this season. 1) South Bend... More
The most dedicated ones enter South Dakota’s Custer State Park by 3 a.m., beating sunlight into the valley by a good three hours. As the stars fade, the visitors turn up their jacket collars and lean on the wooden fence, confident of the view they’ll enjoy once the midmorning action starts. Undoubtedly, these are the same people who made hotel reservations inside the park four or five... More
In fall, the phrase "get lost" takes on a new meaning. We gladly lose ourselves on drives through lush fall foliage, on bike rides through crisp temperatures and in fields plowed into intricate imagery. Here are some of our favorite designs at Midwest corn mazes this year. These aerial views can help you plot out your path, but don't worry if you take a wrong turn. It's fall,... More
Crowds of summer tourists and the rumble of Sturgis-bound motorcycles fade as crisp autumn days arrive in southwestern South Dakota. Rapid City, the region’s hub of 70,800 residents, welcomes visitors for a culturally rich getaway with presidential monuments, Native American history and museums that trace the formation of the region's rocky landscape. This weekend marks a brief... More
The bounty of autumn’s harvest permeates every corner of Harbor Country along the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan. Here are 10 ways to savor the fall season in this region, located less than two hours from Chicago: 1) Color on wheels Roll through the colorful countryside with 5,000 fellow cyclists on September 27. The annual Apple Cider Century ride ... More
The third-largest city in Missouri, Springfield is known as the Birthplace of Route 66. But there are plenty more things to do in the scenic Ozarks Mountains. Here's a sampling: Hotel Vandivort This new boutique hotel brings upscale accommodations to the heart of downtown. Artsy details in the renovated 1906 Masonic Temple include the lobby's 90-plus-piece... More
Experience the simple pleasures of fall with with outdoorsy activities in Stillwater, Minnesota (20 miles northeast of downtown Saint Paul).  Go for a gondola ride. Who needs Venice, Italy? Get cozy in the cushioned seats of a Venetian gondola powered by a gondolier wearing a striped shirt and straw hat. For optimal romance, book a dinner package through the... More
Forget those cheaply framed reprints of watercolor landscapes in your hotel room. In recent travels, we’ve noticed more emphasis on original artwork in lobbies and rooms. We've even seen galleries built into hotels. Here are five of our favorite new Midwest lodgings that contain fine artwork in addition to quality service. The Collection at The Conrad... More
Riding a high-wire unicycle, splashing in a massive fountain and feeding giraffes highlight a family weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Here are 10 must-dos for your next road trip to the capital city. 1) Center of Science and Industry With interactive exhibits covering themes like space, energy and the oceans, there’s a world of activity for the family here. Ride inside a Mars rover... More
“They didn’t like me when I first arrived,” the call begins. “They judged me, as people do.” Joan Miró’s 39-foot-tall statue known as Miró's Chicago can finally tell her story thanks to Statue Stories Chicago, a public art installation that gives voice to 30 Windy City sculptures. Photo courtesy of Statue Stories Chicago... More