30 Things Every Midwesterner Should Experience
See eagles and stars
See a bald eagle swoop to the Mississippi River, then soar back up downriver of the lock and dam in Keokuk, Iowa. It's among the best places in the contiguous 48 to eagle-watch. Visit during Keokuk's annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, the third weekend of each January, and spotters will help you home in on a few of the 400-plus that usually show up.
See a star-loaded sky in as dark a place as you can get: north central Nebraska. Merritt Reservoir, 27 miles south of Valentine, to be exact. Here, factors including geography and lack of light pollution let you see three galaxies, even without the help of a telescope. Visit anytime on your own, or hook up with other stargazers during the Nebraska Star Party.