Check out some great Midwest-related stories I found online this past month:
North Dakota Road Trip Day 6: Dickinson to Medora-Check out Connie's latest North Dakota adventures when she visits the Dickinson Museum Center and shared some images of their rocks and minerals exhibit there (I'm a big fan of such exhibits!), the Ukrainian Cultural Institute and the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame as she heads towards the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Check it out at the Midwest Wanderer blog.
Ten Things You Need to Know About Indianapolis City Culture-Aaron advises readers that you will need a guide to find the "good stuff" in this Hoosier city. Here is his guide to the city and its culture at his self-titled Urbanphile blog. Check out a few of our own blog posts about the city as well! Seeing an Indianapolis Indians baseball game...or not, White River Gardens at the Indianapolis Zoo and Visiting the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis.
Mid-Century Modern Design at Miller House and Garden in Columbus-I've wanted to visit Columbus, Indiana and learn more about it's history and place in mid-twentiety-century architecture. Fortunately, Jessica gives us a great look at some of the architectural gems in this mid-American showplace. We see some great images of the Miller house with the work of the Saarinen father-and-son architectural team, which reminds us of some of the work done by the same family here in Michigan, like the buildings they designed at the Cranbrook educational campus in metro Detroit. Check out Jessica's story at her Little Indiana blog.
24 Hours in Detroit-Charity hails from Cleveland, and I've long-enjoyed her I heart <3 Cleveland blog, but I really enjoyed this report about her weekend visit to Detroit! This story includes some info and images of some of the city's great hidden treasures like the Shinola store in midtown Detroit, John King Used and Rare Books Store and the historic Pewabic Pottery shop and design studio. Charity even includes a report about her visit to Toledo's Libbey Glass Outlet. which she checked out on her way into Detroit. See her story here.
4 Great Activities with Kids in Detroit-Mr. In A Cents offers a great list of family-friendly fun and activities in the Detroit area! We're members of the Detroit Zoo and The Henry Ford, so they're already a couple of my favorite sites around the city, and I enjoyed the images from the newly re-done Penguin Center and the classic Oscar Weinernobile at the Henry Ford. Plus there are a few great images here of two places I've been longing to see in person myself-Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum and the Outdoor Adventure Center near the Detroit River. Check it all out at the InACents travel blog!
The Stars Still Shine at Detroit's Redford Theater-Jeff writes about his family's visit to another family-friendly spot in Metro Detroit, the classic Redford Theater. We remember seeing the movie, A Christmas Story, here a few years ago. We loved the drama of seeing the huge theater organ rising out of the stage and the classic 1920s Oriental-themed decor. Check it out at the Lifelong Michigander blog!
2017 Motorcycle Trips-Join Heather as she and her husband start planning their spring and summer...and check out some of her great suggestions for Midwest motorcycle adventures. Their trip list looks a lot like something Tim would put together! We look forward to hearing about the couple's trips this spring and summer. Check it out at the Ohio Girl Travels blog.
Stadium Seats and Stories from the Gardens-Here are a few memories of the venue seats and stories of the arenas where Ronny watched events like minor-league hockey games, women's roller hockey, the circus and monster trucks! Check it out at the Queen City Discovery blog.
The 7 Indiana Ballparks That Baseball Fans Must See-We love catching a sports event when we travel. There isn't a better way to get a real feel for the history and culture of a place and spend a fun time with locals! Check out this Visit Indiana blog post about some of Indiana's notable ball fields, including Victory Field where we saw the Indianapolis Indians play and Parkview Field where we saw Fort Wayne's beloved Tin Caps play. Check it out at the Visit Indiana blog.
10 Ways Marietta. Ohio is So Much More than it's Tomatoes-Tomatoes? Who knew? Well I love good ripe tomatoes, but Kayrn tells readers there is a lot more to do in the southern Ohio city, even once its legendary tomatoes are gone for the season. Kayrn shares historic sites, an architecturally beautiful basilica (which reminds me of the one we saw in South Bend, Indiana) and quirky sites like the Mortuary Museum, which sounds like somewhere I would need to go when I visit Marietta! Check it out at the Sand and Snow...and Everywhere in Between blog!
Urban Kayaking on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis-Jenna and Micah take readers on an urban kayaking adventure to celebrate the arrival of spring in Minneapolis. Seeing a major city from the river always gives you a fresh perspective, even if you have lived in the city for a long time! Check the story of their trip with a batch of fellow travel bloggers at the Wander the Map blog.
P.S. Looking for more great photos? Here are a couple of photo books that we recently ordered from Amazon and really enjoyed...one from Ohio and another from the annual Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibit that I recently saw at the Detroit Zoo.