Midwest

How to Experience Prince’s Paisley Park

by Anthony Manzanares on June 19, 2017

Atrium at Prince's Paisley Park

Paisley Park, Prince’s ten million dollar, 65,000 square-foot recording studio and home, is officially open for public for tours and group experiences. Prince’s mythical creative sanctuary was built with state of the art technology and became the backdrop for music recordings, clothing production, artwork and graphic design, music videos, and even full-length films – all […]

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Jungle Jim’s International Market is a self-proclaimed “International Food Lovers’ Paradise”. Not bad for an international grocery store outside of . But to call Jungle Jim’s a grocery store is a disservice. Jungle Jim’s is a grocery experience! Like all experiences, it is best to plan ahead for a visit to Jungle Jim’s. First of […]

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Discovering Columbus, Indiana: My Home Town

by Jenni Ingersoll on September 30, 2016

I grew up in the small Midwestern town of Columbus, Indiana. I lived there more than half my life until I moved away and traveled back on many occasions. I thought I knew it like the back of my hand, but somehow, on my last visit, I really looked at my hometown through a tourist’s eyes and discovered new things. Columbus was blessed with a […]

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Indianapolis Museum of Art: A Blend of Art and Nature

by Jenni Ingersoll on August 31, 2016

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is not your every day art museum. Yes, with four floors to explore, it does display a significant collection of art spanning 5,000 years of culture and history. And yes, with 54,000 cataloged pieces it showcases all forms of media from paintings to costumes. But what makes the IMA special is not what is inside the museum, but what […]

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Beyond Breweries: Family Friendly Attractions in Milwaukee

by Jenni Ingersoll on August 22, 2016

Say the word Milwaukee and I bet you picture a foamy glass of beer. Understandably so, as Milwaukee was home to the Pabst, Blatz, Schlitz and Miller Brewing Companies garnering its nickname, “the city that beer built”.  Yet despite its long-standing connection to the malted beverage, this Wisconsin city is a family destination. Beyond traditional family attractions like the Milwaukee […]

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8 Natural Wonders in Minnesota

by Anthony Manzanares on August 19, 2016

Minnesota’s natural wonders range from moments of quiet awe to outsize thrills. While crowds fill the parking lots at the nation’s best-known national parks, a growing number of travelers in the know are discovering why Minnesota is one of the best places in the country to enjoy an outdoor vacation. Here are eight Natural Wonders […]

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Columbus Ale Trail Highlights Hopping Craft Beer Scene

by Anthony Manzanares on March 4, 2016

As part of the inaugural Columbus Craft Beer Week, Experience Columbus will launch the Columbus Ale Trail. The trail will highlight the city’s booming craft beer scene in a Brew Book, featuring 25 local breweries. Columbus’ rich history in craft brewing, in addition to the breadth and depth of the local products brewed, has put […]

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Aurora Borealis Light Up the Great Lakes

by Mary Jo Manzanares on December 4, 2015

Aurora Borealis in the Great Lakes region

The Great Lakes Region is more than just stunning vistas and beautiful waters, it’s also a spot where you can see the Northern Lights. That’s right, you don’t need to travel outside the continental U.S. to see the brilliant colors of the Aurora Borealis. The Great Lakes region is the largest expanse of freshwater in the world, and is […]

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Minnesota’s Wacky & Wonderful Winter Sports

by Anthony Manzanares on December 2, 2015

Ice fishing in Minnesota

With its plenty of quirky winter sport and outdoor activities, Minnesota is one of the United States’ best-kept secrets as a premier winter vacation destination. Not only is Minnesota the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but it also can boast the Land of 10,000 Sports.  Here are four wacky and wonderful winter sports that you may not have heard […]

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From Black Hawk to Lorado Taft

by Susan McKee on November 10, 2015

Along the drive south from Rockford along the meandering two-lane Illinois Highway 2, the scenery recalls a bucolic Midwestern past: miles of prairie and forest interspersed with small towns and farmsteads. Then, a couple of miles north of Oregon, Illinois, “The Eternal Indian” comes into view. Standing 50 feet tall on top of a 77-foot […]

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