From Black Hawk to Lorado Taft

by Susan McKee on November 10, 2015

Along the drive south from Rockford along the meandering two-lane [amazon_textlink asin=’0791815641′ text=’Illinois Highway 2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thetravelersway-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0ee5e24b-6f46-11e7-b25b-35dcc999abae’], 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, [amazon_textlink asin=’1741799023′ text=’Illinois’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thetravelersway-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2b794137-6f46-11e7-9c0f-47965264aef9′], “The Eternal Indian” […]


Visit South Dakota’s Great 8

by Mary Jo Manzanares on June 10, 2015

Named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes, much of South Dakota’s culture reflects that ethnic heritage. It also boasts a tourism focus that includes prehistoric beasts, world-famous pioneers, Native and wild west legends., all of whom called South Dakota home at one time. If you’re planning a visit to the state, a good […]


Find Adventure in Missouri’s Show Caves

by Mary Jo Manzanares on May 29, 2015

The Show-Me State is home to more than 6,400 recorded caves. Although most are not open to the general public, the Missouri Division of Tourism highlights several “show caves” to visit in Missouri. Marvel Cave, a Registered Natural Landmark, is deep beneath the Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson. It is the deepest show […]

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Eight Ways to Enjoy Route 66 in Missouri

by Mary Jo Manzanares on May 18, 2015

You don’t have to travel far on Route 66 in Missouri to realize you’re in for one fantastic road trip. Stretching more than 310 miles from east to west, Route 66 includes two of Missouri’s largest cities, notable attractions, scenic views, and motor courts harkening to a bygone era. Learn more online at VisitMO.com. Here […]


10 Reasons to Visit Indianapolis this May

by Susan McKee on May 5, 2014

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing — the world’s largest single-day sporting event — takes place in Indiana’s capital city on Memorial Day Weekend each year, so of course that’s the first reason to put Indy on your travel schedule for May. This year’s running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is set for 12:15 p.m. Sunday, […]


Girlfriend Getaway: A Recipe for Fun in Topeka, Kansas

by Marilyn Jones on February 10, 2014

Topeka Kansas

Sometimes friends scatter to the four winds because of careers, family obligations, or retirement. Although there’s Facebook, email, Skype, and the U.S. Postal Service to help keep us connected, occasionally we just have to get together in person. Geographically and financially that’s easier said than done, but girlfriend getaways can take place anywhere. No need […]


Punxsutawney Doppelgänger: Happy Groundhog’s Day

by Susan McKee on February 2, 2014

All eyes are on Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (about 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh) on February 2:  that’s when Punxsutawney Phil, a particularly long-lived groundhog, emerges from his burrow to deliver his prognostications about spring as he has every February 2 for 125 years. But that’s not what moviegoers think about. Instead, thoughts turn to Groundhog Day, the 1993 film. Bill […]


Theme Park Weekend in Minneapolis

by Mary Jo Manzanares on January 6, 2014

Nickelodeon Universe theme park

When you’re looking for an affordable family theme park weekend, it’s easy to get scared away by the price tag on many of the big name theme parks. But sometimes you want a more affordable option, something a little slower pace that still delivers lots of fun. That’s what I found myself looking for and, […]


Road Trip: Midwest Fun in Fargo and Moorhead

by Guest Contributor on December 2, 2013

Fargo Woodchipper

Straddling the North Dakota and Minnesota border, Fargo and Moorhead partner to make sure visitors have lots to do when they visit the area. Beginning with the visitor’s center and the famous “wood chipper” from the movie Fargo, you’re going to find a fun, free-spirited destination with folks ready to welcome you to their neck […]


Cincinnati: A Hot Year-Round Travel Destination

by Greg Seiter on October 28, 2013

Even after the season’s final pitch has been thrown and the Great American Ballpark’s last hot dog and bag of peanuts have been sold, there’s much to do, see, and experience during a weekend getaway to Cincinnati. A Major League Baseball-crazed southwestern Ohio city that’s inviting, no matter the time of year, Cincinnati is also […]