30 Things Every Midwesterner Should Experience
Hear roars and music
Hear the tremendous, thundering roar of 33,650-horsepower engines and 300,000 fans as the green flag finally signifies the start of the Indy 500 in Indianapolis. The monthlong celebratory buildup to the oldest car race in the world means that by the time the flag flies and the cars shoot from their pace lap into speeds around 225 mph, the pre-race tension turns to an all-out adrenaline rush for drivers and fans alike.
Hear the elegant classical strains of the Cleveland Orchestra fill the July air from your blanket spread out on Blossom's lawn. These 800 acres adjacent to Cuyahoga Valley National Park have been the renowned orchestra's summer home since 1968, so naturally, they have the outdoor-music-at-sunset thing down pat. Come early, and bring a picnic.