Check out some great Midwest-related stories I found online this past month:
Above the Falls Sports: Kayak the Mighty Mississippi in Downtown Minneapolis-Kayaks and fireworks proved to be a perfect combo for Kindra and Ryan as they celebrated a recent Independence Day in Minneapolis. Check out their story about a unique way to view the city's fireworks at their Love & Adventure blog.
I-35: Exit 214 in North Central Iowa is One to Explore-Join Sara at her Travel with Sara blog as she grabs a snack, shops at the Top of Iowa for the best in Iowa-made products, and tries her luck at the casino at this conveniently located rest stop along the highway.
Badlands National Park in South Dakota-We spent a few days in the Badlands several years ago, and like the crew at VisuaLingual, we found that it wasn't nearly enough time to see and take images of the beautifully barren landscape. We're hoping to return to the Dakotas again soon!
Bike the Paul Bunyan Trail through northern Minnesota-Beverly explores this rail-to-trail route in Minnesota's northern woods region. This 112-mile trail offers plenty of area to explore on your bike or rollerblades, plus snowmobilers enjoy it during the winter. Check it out at the Going on Adventures blog.
Thyme for Bed: Monolithic Dome Bed and Breakfast in Lowell, Indiana-We love staying at B&Bs when we travel. We appreciate the homey environments and the uniqueness of each B&B. I love the unique architecture of this gem that Jessica writes about at Little Indiana.
Wisconsin family fun: Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee-Like Mara, I enjoy urban nature centers and places that make learning about science and the world around us fun and accessible. Mara writes about her family's visit to Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center at her Mother of All Trips blog.
Snapshot of a Chicago weekend: Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field-Sarah shares her memories about falling in love with Chicago and with travel at her Wandering Off blog. Baseball, art and architecture are three things I really love about that city as well...plus lucky Sarah tells of seeing an amazing Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley Field!
Ernest Hemingway in Oak Park, Before The Paris Wife-Terri's story at Off the Beaten Page caught my eye as I recently read the book, The Paris Wife, and I loved reading about Terri's impressions of one of the neighborhoods where Ernest Hemingway spent time as a young man. (the correct URL for the Hemingway birthplace and museum is http://www.ehfop.org/)
Photo Blog: Public Art Along the Cultural Trail-Take a trip with Taylor along Indianapolis' new 8-mile urban bike trail and check out some of that city's great public art installations at the Doing Indy blog.
Happy Anniversary to the Lincoln Highway-The Lincoln Highway opened as the first transcontinental highway in the United States in 1913. We've travel the highway through Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and parts of Pennsylvania and Illinois, so I loved seeing this story with a few images from the highway's Illinois leg in Maureen's story at her Positively Tuesday blog.
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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