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Small-town getaways

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Explore shops, restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts, beaches, festivals and more on a day trip or weekend getaway to Midwest small towns recommended by our Facebook fans and readers.
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Mark Twain’s stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn began in this Mississippi River town (population: 17,500). The National Tom Sawyer Days festival takes place July 3–7 in 2013.
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Along the wild and scenic St. Croix River and 28 miles northeast of the Twin Cities, Stillwater (population: 18,226) combines a historic downtown with contemporary dining, shopping and lodging.
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Explore the Great River Road Scenic Byway towns of Quincy and Nauvoo, Illinois.
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Savor a little European flavor in the Lake Michigan shore town of Holland, Michigan—no passport required.
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New Buffalo, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor (90 minutes east of Chicago) welcome visitors with pristine beaches, great shopping, lakeside restaurants and a front-row view of sunsets over Lake Michigan...
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Sun, sand and ... race cars? Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, offers heart-pumping action in a pretty resort area.
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In the state’s northeast corner, Decorah (population: 8,200) has deep Norwegian roots and some really good restaurants.
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Midwest Living editors have been visiting the region's small towns for more than 20 years. Here are our top 100 places to escape for a little shopping, sightseeing and relaxing.
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From Minnesota to Ohio, towns along the Midwest's Great Lakes capture the summer vacation spirit. Here are some of our favorite Great Lakes getaways, with tips on exploring each one.

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