Check out some great Midwest-related stories I found online this past month:
Check out the Crisp Point Lighthouse-Jesse visits one of Michigan's most remote lighthouses in the state's Upper Peninsula. This one is still on my bucket list of Great Lakes lights I need to see, but I'm glad to get a glimpse of it at Jesse's Things to do the in U.P. blog.
A Walk Around the Mission Point Lighthouse-We've visited this lighthouse at the tip of the Old Mission Peninsula, and at the 45th parallel, many times. It's a special favorite of mine because of the balanced rock sculptures that always seem to dot the Lake Michigan shore there, so it was fun to take another virtual visit there with Mike at the Loving Traverse City blog.
Bicycling in western Michigan-Michigan has more than 2,600 miles of rail trails, more than any other state. That makes it easy to tour the western side of the state via bicycle along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Check out the routes running from Traverse City to South Haven at the Midwest Weekends blog.
Family vacation fun with city bike tours-Jamie and her family check out Chicago via bicycle at the Travel Savvy Mom blog. Sounds like a great way to cover a lot of ground in one afternoon to see some of the city's most iconic sites.
25 Great Ohio Hiking Spots-If you want to explore Ohio by foot, Mike has 25 suggestions for walking and hiking routes in the Buckeye state at his OHventures blog. We've walked a bit of the trails in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and in Hocking Hills State Park, but there are plenty more great trails on this annotated list that details attractions, accessibility and other information about each trail.
Wayne County Adventures in Geocachng-Geocaching is another great way to get outside and explore. We like picking geocaches to search out with the idea of learning a bit of history about a destination or enjoying a walk through nature. Join Angel at the Indiana Insider blog as she explores history in the Richmond, Indiana area, starting with a cache at the Welcome Center for America's first interstate highway.
Visiting the Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio-I wondered about a suggestion that I should visit this cemetery when I visited Cleveland several years ago, but I found the history, architecture, art and landscaping there pretty fascinating. When Tonya asked me to suggest a "historic home" to visit in Cleveland, I passed the idea on to her, and it looks like she and her family found it every bit as fascinating as we did! Check out her take on it at the Traveling Mom blog.
Finding President Garfield and Rockefeller graves at Cleveland's Lake View Cemetery-It looks like Tonya and I are not the only ones who found Lake View fascinating. Check out the story of Scott's visit there at the Quirky Travel Guy blog.
Take a 60-minute walk around the State at the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden-Betsy helps readers cover a lot of ground with a 60-minute walk at the Governor's residence in Columbus, Ohio. Check the beesfirstappearance blog and let her show you plants from around the state at the mansion's Heritage Garden.
Happy flag day: Here's the history, briefly, of Detroit's flag-I've featured stories about Chicago's city flag and the city flag for Cincinnati in these monthly Midwest link collections, so I was especially pleased to see Amy's story about Detroit's city flag at The Night Train. Although Amy characterizes Detroit's seal, which centers the flag as the "saddest city seal ever", it still tells a fascinating story.
The "Fort" of Fort Wayne-Like many Detroit-area residents, I'm familiar with Fort Wayne...in Detroit. I enjoyed Michelle's story about the replica fort in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the Fort Wayne Insider blog. I wasn't familiar with this particular Fort Wayne, so now I have something else to add to my itinerary the next time I visit that northern Indiana city.
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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