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Midwest skiing? You’re kidding, right? That’s the reaction most people have at the thought of downhill skiing in the Midwest. True, Midwest ...
 
Minnesota dubs itself the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and in the Brainerd area alone you'll find close to 450 of them. That helps explain why this area 2.5 ...
 
Almost a century before J.K. Rowling became the world's best-selling author and Harry Potter a household name, another writer named Harold Bell ...
 
When you think of great skiing, you probably don’t think of the Midwest. The heartland is mostly flat, which is not the best setting for downhill ...
 
For families, Chicago's charm is obvious. The mix of lush parks, Lake Michigan, slick skyscrapers and world-class cultural offerings makes it an ...
 
Early residents regarded Cincinnati as the “Queen City” and the “Queen of the West” because of the city’s impressive growth and other ...
 
Famous as the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland can boogie with the best of the big cities. It boasts a celebrated art museum and ...
 
On an unmarked map of the United States, children often identify the state of Idaho in the western U.S. because of its long, slender panhandle ...
 
If Norman Rockwell was still alive and painting scenes of idyllic American life, he would certainly choose Door County for the setting of "Perfect ...
 
Equidistant between Chicago and Detroit, the hidden gem of Grand Rapids, Mich. is ready for its close up. Once only in the news regarding native ...
 
Perhaps it is the basic Midwestern practicality and friendly, common-sense nature of its residents, but few places in this country are more ...
 
What city could be more family friendly than the place that gave birth to Mickey Mouse's first cousin and McDonald's Happy Meal? Yes, they both ...
 
Who needs an ocean for your family vacation when you have Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks? With more miles of shoreline than the Pacific Coast of ...
 
Some call the shores of Lake Superior "America's Fourth Coast." Small wonder. As the world's largest freshwater lake, it could easily be an inland ...
 
Located almost exactly in the center of the country, Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska. As part of America’s Heartland, you’ll find true ...
 
From down-home cooking to the long-time home of the 42nd President of the United States, Little Rock, Ark. is known for its welcoming southern charm ...
 
Pronounced “mack-in-aw” island, this Upper Peninsula Michigan island has been entertaining families as a summer retreat for more than a century, ...
 
Stop by a few festivals, throw in a splash of beer, maybe a baseball game, some amazing art and culture, and you have the recipe for Milwaukee’s ...
 
Minneapolis is a clean, green and modern metropolis -- a place where families can take a city vacation without all the smog, the angry taxi drivers, ...
 
Packed into a thin strip of land surrounded by lake, downtown Minocqua has everything family vacationers crave -- the heady scent of fudge shops and ...
 
Located almost exactly in the center of the country, Omaha is part of America’s Heartland. In true Midwestern fashion, it’s teeming with ...
 
Sandusky, the Roller Coaster Capital of the World, is most famous for Cedar Point, home to some of the most thrilling rides in the country, and one ...
 
After slogging up a 110-foot high mountain of sand and conquering the Dune Climb, even adults give into their inner 6-year-old. They joyfully race ...
 
St. Louis simply oozes classic Americana. Legend has it hot dogs, hamburgers and the ice cream cone were introduced here during the 1904 St. Louis ...
 
With sugar-sand beaches, towering dunes and Caribbean blue water, Michigan's Traverse City area feels like an ocean vacation without leaving the ...
 
You have to step off land and glide across the water to best enjoy this 218,000-acre park along the border of Canada and the northern edge of ...
 
At first glance, you wouldn't think a 19-square-mile city in central Wisconsin with a population of just over 5,000 would garner much attention. But ...

Midwest Family Vacation Trip Reports

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