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3/25/2016
Ah, sugar, sugar. Indiana loves its pies so much that the nonprofit Indiana Foodways Alliance has created a Hoosier Pie Trail. The 15 stops showcase sugar cream, a regional staple, but also routes travelers to havens of butterscotch and banana cream. Here's a taste of what you'll find.  Wick’s Pies | Winchester The granddaddy... More
3/22/2016
The Motor City exudes energy with its rich auto heritage and bustling cultural sites. Families get a taste of that energy in lively museums, parks and restaurants. Here are 10 ways to let the kids explore. Detroit Zoo Visitors in underwater tunnels watch penguins as they dive into a 25-foot-deep pool at the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center (opening April 18). It’s the largest... More
3/8/2016
Like bears coming out of hibernation, this time of year we lumber out of our houses in search of fun. Des Moines caters to our desires to get moving again with activities like rock climbing, trampolining, pedaling through the East Village and dancing. Climb Iowa Get a good grip on 10,000 square feet of climbing walls in Grimes, 17 miles northwest of Des Moines. Learn the meaning... More
2/23/2016
Take a break from the Queen City's staples of spaghetti topped with chili and Graeter's Ice Cream at these 10 family-friendly attractions that will keep you energized during a weekend getaway. 1) Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Explore this 74-acre zoo during spring, when the gardens are in full bloom. Feed lettuce to a giraffe, stroke scaly reptile skin and hike to Cat... More
2/12/2016
The world's largest children's museum, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and other kid-friendly destinations will keep your family busy during a getaway to Indianapolis. Here are 10 activities you can't miss. 1) The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis There’s a Dinosaur Dig excavation site, a 43-foot-tall glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly... More
1/22/2016
Chills, thrills and (yes) spills. When temps dip and snow falls, Michigan transforms into a whole new playground. These seven cold-weather activities go beyond your standard ski slopes and highlight some of the most unique ways to get out and celebrate the season of snow. Scale frozen towers in Fenton. Before aspiring ice climbers wander into the wilderness with crampons and a pick, they... More
12/4/2015
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
10/6/2015
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
8/28/2015
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
8/21/2015
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