Top 25 New Places to Stay, Eat and Play: 2012
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Central Iowa: High Trestle Trail
If Iowa tallied how many pictures visitors took of a single attraction last year, this bridge would surely win. Opened last spring, the 25-mile paved trail between Ankeny and Woodward stars a beautifully lit 13-story-tall trestle bridge over the Des Moines River. Artist David B. Dahlquist, inspired by Iowa's coal-mining history, created the bridge's giant square arches of steel that glow blue at night (515/795-3930; hightrestletrail.info).
Click through the next slides to see more of our picks for the Midwest's top new attractions, restaurants and lodgings -- places to find outdoorsy fun, engaging history, cultural kicks, unique eats, exceptional stays and more.