Check out some great Midwest-related stories I found online this past month:
First Person: 4 Hours in Flint, Michigan Guide-Even though Ginanne is an American journalist based in London, England these days, her hometown of Flint, Michigan never remains far from her heart. It may be easier for reporters to focus on the bad news coming out of Flint these days, but Ginanne uses her space here to share some of the things she loves about Flint. We're familiar with a few of the things on Ginanne's list of suggestions, but there are plenty of other things we've yet to see that merit a return trip to Flint for us. Check it out at Ginanne's eponymous blog.
Eat Well in Detroit in Honor of Black History Month-If you enjoy a good cup of coffee, Aaron is your go-to guy on the Web, where he regularly covers the coffee scene in the Midwest region and beyond at his elATLboy blog. This past month, he added a few sweet treats into the mix by sharing a few of his foodie and coffee discoveries in southeast Michigan. Read all about it at this article in the Awesome Mitten blog.
Discovering the Unexpected Art of Detroit-Jessica describes Detroit as a "comeback" city with a "promising future" despite its past challenges and urges visitors to explore the city's rich art scene. It's fun to hear folks talk about Detroit in more glowing terms these days, although locals already know about great sites like the Detroit Institute of Arts (where we've long had a membership) and the Guardian Building (where Tim and I most recently went for a photo shoot with the Motor City Camera Club). Read about some must-see Detroit sites at the Viator Travel Blog.
The most underrated museum in Cincinnati that you need to visit-I love vintage roadside attractions and signs, so visiting the American Museum of Signs has long been on my Midwest Bucket List. I enjoyed Nedra's story about the museum at her Adventure Mom blog, and it makes me even more anxious to take a trip to Cincinnati to check it out!
Riding South Dakota's Badlands-Diane shares the story at My Itchy Travel Feet about joining her husband on a pilgrimage to Sturgis, South Dakota for one of this country's most well-known and well-attended annual motorcycling events. Join her as she explores the state's Badlands and Black Hills via bike.
Omaha Day Trip to Plattsmouth-Kim decided to check out a well-reviewed restaurant in this small Nebraska town about 20 miles south of Omaha and found plenty to do. She followed up a great meal with dessert at a classic soda fountain. Find out a little more about Plattsmouth and its history at the Oh My Omaha blog.
Milwaukee Art Museum-This Museum is another site on my Midwest Bucket List, and a destination we delayed planning a trip to when I learned that it was still in the middle of a major renovation and reimagining last year. I'm hoping to get there now that the entire museum opened its doors to the public late last year. I've long admired the museum with its innovative architecture and hope we'll get there later this year. Read Kenneth's story about the museum at the Wisconsin Explorer blog.
Take in Beauty and History on a Tour of the Indiana Statehouse-We loved visiting Indianapolis last year. We stayed right downtown where we had a great view of Indiana's Capitol building, but one of my biggest regrets was that we did not get to tour the building on that trip. Hopefully we'll get back there in this, Indiana's Bicentennial year. Meanwhile, I enjoyed Carrie's story, which took readers on a tour of this building and told us about its history and architecture. Check it out at the Indiana Insider blog.
Know Nebraska: Lincoln Highway, Lodgepole, Nebraska-This one is a follow-up to Muriel's story that I featured last month about traveling the Lincoln Highway through Nebraska. Lodgepole, once a Pony Express Station, is also an interesting stop along the historic route of the Lincoln Highway through Nebraska. Check the story out at the Nebraska Outback blog.
Star Gazing in Central Ohio-We love traveling to parts of the country where we can actually see the stars at night, as opposed to the few, isolated pinpoints of light we sometimes see through the light pollution in the big city. Check out Kayrn's account of seeing a glorious night sky in central Ohio (I'm even more jealous once I discovered she'd actually stayed in a yurt that night-another item on my Midwest Bucket List!). Check it out on the Sand and Snow...and Everywhere In Between blog.
Ohio's Covered Bridges in Vinton County near Hocking Hills-I love covered bridges and liked checking out this guide to several of the scenic spans in Ohio's Vinton County. We've been thinking we'd like to return to the Hocking Hills area soon, and this looks like a nice tour to take in while exploring back roads in the area. Check out Tonya's story at The Traveling Praters' blog.
8 Small Town Michigan Overnight Getaways-Check out Shalee's list of small towns to explore in Michigan. We've visited a lot of these places, but we've still got St. James and Epoufette to see on a future trip! Check out the story at Shalee Wanders.
That's it for this month's Midwest travel links list. Do you have any favorite Midwest stories or blogs to share?
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