Best New Midwest Attractions: 2009
The Midwest's bear market
Think our winters are a bear? The Minnesota Zoo's new $24 million Russia's Grizzly Coast offers a taste of Siberia. Steaming geysers and erupting volcanoes evoke the wild Russian Far East, and you'll watch 1,000-pound grizzlies roam the Apple Valley grounds and catch live trout. (Neighbors in the exhibit include sea otters, leopards and wild boar.)
More than 200 miles north, Ely's North American Bear Center opened to visitors in 2007 as an educational center and rehab facility for injured and orphaned bears named Ted, Honey and Lucky.