These bird’s-eye vistas show some of the vibrant cities and natural beauty of the Midwest—an area we’re proud to consider the middle of everywhere.

Midwest Living turns 35 this year, continuing to celebrate our regional identity in all its charm, variety, style, sway, quirkiness and wonder. In our July/August issue, we started our journey with an aerial tour. See those photos here —and check out more bird's-eye views below.

Light Show Glencoe, Illinois

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Chicago Botanic Garden
| Credit: @razdood

The Chicago Botanic Garden dazzles both by day and by night. Photo: @razdood

Lakeshore Allure Saugatuck, Michigan

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Lake Shore Resort, Saugatuck
| Credit: Angela Conners

Guests at Lake Shore Resort, built in 1952 and recently rehabbed, can lounge by the waves of Lake Michigan. Photo: @angelaconners

Golden Golf Rochester, Minnesota

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Soldiers Field Golf Course, Rochester
| Credit: @rochester_mn

Soldiers Field Golf Course looks especially magical in the golden glow of sunset. Photo: @rochester_mn

Bridging the Gap Milwaukee

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Hoan Bridge, Milwaukee

The Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge, named for one of Milwaukee's longest-serving mayors, gracefully spans the Milwaukee River. Photo: @natevomhof

Caribbean Look-Alike Evanston, Illinois

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Evanston, Illinois
| Credit: @manipulateeverything

From the air, the blue and blue-green waters of the Great Lakes can easily be mistaken for the Caribbean. But nope, this is the Midwest's own beautiful slice of beach in Evanston. Photo:  @manipulateeverything

Keeping Watch Wichita, Kansas

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Keeper of the Plains, Wichita
| Credit: @34thstatemedia

For 15 minutes each night, fire drums erupt with flames around Keeper of the Plains, a statue built to honor Native Americans. Photo: @34thstatemedia

The Winding Road Bainbridge, Ohio

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Bainbridge, Ohio
| Credit: @themundlife

A summer drive in the Midwest might take you along unexpectedly curvy roads as you wind through the region's hills. Photo:  @themundlife.