Check out some great Midwest-related stories I found online this past month:
Farmers' markets are taking over the U.P. this summer-We love visiting local farmers' markets when we travel, and since June will find us in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Joe's round up of markets in the U.P. at Upper Peninsula's Second Wave is especially timely for me this month.
Farmers Markets in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky-Katie posts this handy list of fresh markets in the Cincinnati area at Family Friendly Cincinnati.
15 great spring hikes-So, you just hit the market for your fresh food fix; hit the trails for a little fresh air fix as well. Here are some great ideas for hikes as spring blooms into summer in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa at Midwest Weekends.
Minnesota Highway 61 Road Trip: Red Wing, Wabasha, Kellogg-There's not much that I love more than a good road trip, and I'm glad to see Linda and her kids back out on the road at Travels with Children. Seeing the Largest Boot in Red Wing scored a place on my Midwest bucket list long ago, and it looks like the big boot was just one of many great stops on this tour!
Exploring St. Louis with kids-Sarah hits the road at Wandering Off to check out St. Louis, Missouri with its iconic Gateway Arch and great family-friendly fun at the city's zoo, art museum and science center. She even includes a couple of great sounding suggestions for dinner and a sweet treat after a day of exploring St. Louis.
Thank you Carl Fisher and James Allison-Road trip fans may know Carl Fisher as the "Father of the Lincoln Highway", but Fisher, along with his bicycle club buddy James Allison, had a big role in the development the Indianapolis Speedway, the Indy 500 and Indianapolis as a center for automotive manufacturing. Check out this story by Dennis at the Historic Indianapolis blog for more on this story.
Celebrating the Lincoln Highway-I've explored the Lincoln Highway through Ohio, Indiana and parts of Illinois, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, but another thing on my bucket list is to drive the entire length of this (America' s first) transcontinental highway. LuAnn shares a little history and a few highlights of the fabled route through Nebraska at her self-titled blog.
Columbus: A Hidden Gem-I've long heard about the fabulous architecture in Columbus, Indiana, so this story by Amy about the city at the Indiana Insider caught my eye. While the architecture is what drew my interest to the city, Amy points out that there is also plenty of public art, an extensive system of pubic walking/bicycling trails and a historic downtown to check out in Columbus.
Recovering the City's Lost Culture-I love bed-and-breakfast inns that preserve the architecture and history of a particular place. This story by Katie and Aaron at Urban Milwaukee tells about the Manderley B&B at Andrew Parker's Victorian-era home in this Wisconsin city's Historic Concordia community.
The Beautiful Fashion in Kent-I already wanted to visit Akron, Ohio to see its well-regarded and architecturally intriguing art museum. Visiting the fashion collection at Kent State University near Akron also made my must-do list after reading Whitney's story about it at the Discovering Ohio blog.
Marshall Field Family Memorial Monument-One of the country's richest men, a late-in-life second marriage, the scandalous death of a son and a pricy family memorial sculpture are all elements in this intriguing Gilded Age story. Check it out at Chicago's Designslinger blog.
The World's Largest Cuckoo Clock-...and now for something completely different! Tonya checks out the world's largest cuckoo clock in northeast Ohio at The Traveling Praters blog. This Guinness Book of World Records-listed attraction sat in front of a Walnut Creek restaurant for many years, but its future looked grim with the sale and closure of the restaurant. Fortunately, Tonya reports that a local business owner purchased the clock and began restoring it for others to enjoy. Looks like I just added another thing to my must-see list!
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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