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.

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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
| Credit: @natevomhof

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.