Farmland to freeways, architecture and agriculture. The Midwest represents the blue-collar types that fuel America's industry. With beautiful lakes and rolling plains, we bound into the Midwest to embrace the locals and their 'funny accents'. The laid-back banks of Big Muddy provided some shade from the heatwave, and we took in all the sights to see from Chicago
to St. Louis
. In a place many call home (myself included) its hard to pack up and hit the road again, but a new adventure always awaits past the next corn field!
With death-defying heights at Cedar Point
, and calming waves at Lake Erie, The Buckeye State
offered the perfect combination of excitement and downtime. After we took in some of the world's highest roller coasters, the serenity at Glen Helen Nature Preserve
was the right choice to doze off after an afternoon picnic.
Photo by Virago Vagabond Photo by Howdymike
What better to do at The Great Lakes State
than to cruise the Great Lakes? From the border to the UP (that stands for the Upper Peninsula
) boating, kayaking, and canoeing were on our minds. And what is better to sooth muscles that are sore from rowing with some libations at one of Michigan's many wineries
Photo by Vanilla Sugar Photo by goblue01
Fun fact: A hoosier is simply an inhabitant of Indiana. So although The Hoosier State
might be a bit redundant, we were anything but baffled at the natural beauty of the cave systems that dot this part of the country. And we weren't sick of driving just yet- we buckled up, threw it in top gear, and did some laps at the Indy 500
Photo by RoBoNC Photo by neshie
The Prarie State
, the Land of Lincoln; call Illinois what you like, we called it a good time. Chicago
offers as many sights and sounds as any other city in the world- the Bean in Millennium Park
is a member favorite. And one of the great American presidents- Abe Lincoln- lived in Springfield
; you can still tour his home today.
Photo by Owen Lipsett Photo by RoBoNC
A gem of the Midwest, Wisconsin might conjure images of cheese (it is
America's Dairyland, after all) and beer (see below), and while these things are great and dandy, the state offers up plenty of natural beauty. With the nautical nature of Milwaukee
, the outdoorsy northwoods, and the quaint serenity of Door County, The Badger State
is a favorite among many tourists.
Photo by jhartmann13 Photo by MilwVon
Since we were on a watery kick, it only makes sense that our next stop was Minnesota (plus, the highway led us there). Often called the land of 10,000 lakes, The North Star State
sent us into a frenzy with its fishing and floating (if you don't know what this is, get a floatie and just sit out in the middle of a lake). Add some great art
and you'll never want to leave.
Photo by melissabowman Photo by travellingdave
The farmland just keeps on rolling into The Hawkeye State
. With fields and fields aplenty, corn and soybeans stretch as far as the eye can see. The Amana Colonies
showed us a whole new life in America, and while we are on the subject, there is nothing more American than baseball
(we hear if you build it, they will come).
Photo by btwood2 Photo by RoBoNC
The last stop this week was the Gateway to the West. The Show Me State
showed us the history of the western half of the United States. Manifest Destiny rang in our ears as we rode up the infamous Gateway Arch
(do not attempt if you are claustrophobic or acrophobic) and we had to take a ride on the steamboats that cruise along the Mississippi River
Photo by smallplasticman Photo by VA_Traveler
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