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As our staff began its first-ever search for the Greatest Midwest Town, we had to make some tough calls to choose just one candidate from each Midwest state. In the end, these towns prevailed with their outstanding attractions, dining options, outdoor activities and local pride. Now it’s your turn to vote and help us name the winner, who will get a primo feature in our... More
Some of Chicago’s finest bars live underground. Others sit high in the sky or hide in dark alleys. Here are seven of our favorite out-of-the-way places to imbibe, whether we’re looking for a post-work drink or a swanky date night. RM Champagne Salon Glittering lights in a secluded alley lead the way to RM Champagne Salon in the West Loop. Unwind on a... More
The best time to visit Wisconsin's Door County? Don't be surprised to hear many visitors say, "Winter." Besides the obvious advantages—great deals on lodging and no summer crowds—the biggest rewards can be breathtaking new ways to experience the beauty of this peninsula that stretches 70 miles into Lake Michigan. Winter is perfect for a romantic... More
Among getaway destinations, Traverse City is like that neighbor who not only has the gall to add athleticism to good looks, but shamelessly piles on with intelligence, charm and good taste. Really?, other towns are probably thinking. You couldn’t get by with any ONE of those?          But for travelers, TC’s embarrassment of riches provides... More
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
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 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
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
I love to act like a smart tourist on return visits to my hometown of Fargo, North Dakota (235 miles northwest of Minneapolis). Here are 10 places I explored (some for the first time, others for the 23rd) on a recent trip. 1) Fargo Theatre This 1926 theatre still shines thanks to a 1999 restoration that brought the marquee and Wurlitzer organ back... More