Editors' 15 Favorite Midwest Getaways
Iowa's Ledges State Park
"My husband and I drove on arrow-straight roads by cornfields, northwest of Des Moines, wondering whether we were wasting our weekend afternoon. When we entered Ledges, it was as if we'd dropped into a different world: sandstone cliffs, steep forested crests, a fast-rushing stream, bluff views over the Des Moines River. We hiked, we waded, we climbed, we listened to the rustling leaves. We felt totally invigorated and refreshed -- and delighted to find a paradise, close to home."
-Ginger Crichton, Contributing Writer