Discover Visit Quad Cities – #MWTravel Chat May 17th

Join us on Wednesday, May 17th, at 11 a.m. CT/12 p.m. ET for the Midwest Travel Twitter Chat #MWTravel. Come and discover the treasures to be found in the four cities that make up Visit Quad Cities – Davenport, Moline, Rock Island and Bettendorf. From the home of John Deere’s headquarters to cruising on the Mighty Mississippi […]

Metro CC, The Walking Tourists team to offer Midwest travel classes

Want to learn about day trips from the Omaha area? Maybe check out places where legends and celebrities called home in the Midwest? How about checking out some of the natural beauty we have in the region? These and more are the focus of a Midwest Travel class that we and Metropolitan Community College are […]

Filling our 2017 bucket list on ‘National Plan for Vacation Day’

Welcome to “National Plan for Vacation Day.” Jan. 31 has been designated as the day to help people plan their time off for the year. Project Time Off says that people who plan their vacations early in the year actually take time off from work for some recreation. It’s vital that people plan to take time […]

National Park Service at 100: President Lincoln’s home, Illinois

Presidents Day is a little more special to me after visiting Springfield, Illinois. While spending a week in St. Louis, Lisa and I took a day trip to Springfield, Illinois. It was the home of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, our 16th president, lived in Springfield before his election. His plan was to retire there after serving […]

Checking out some of our favorite Midwest festivals

Tulip Time in Pella and Orange City, IA Celebrating Dutch ancestry and culture kick off our look at area summer festivals. Pella, Iowa, celebrates the 81st annual Tulip Time festival May 5-7. Parades, tours of the working windmill and great food are part of the events for the central Iowa community. We have visited Pella […]

Welcome to Spring

It’s here! It’s here! Not the new phone book (Steve Martin fans, smile). Spring. Spring time is upon us. Time to put away the heavy coats, mittens, scarves and galoshes. Time to break out the windbreaker, umbrellas and sneakers. Ah, yes, spring time. Does anything beat spring, with trees sprouting new leaves and new flowers […]

Presidents Day: Midwesterners who served in the White House

About a third of American Presidents (15 of 44) have Midwestern roots. Can you name them? Only kidding. The quiz comes at the end of the post. We’ve visited seven locations related to our presidents, with six of them belonging to the Midwest. In addition, Rapid City, SD, is home to Mount Rushmore, honoring four […]

Our tour of Chicago architecture

Chicago’s skyline is a who’s who among architectural designs. Considered the forefather of the skyscraper, the city has been a leader among building designs since the late 1800s. The first Chicago skyscraper was 10 stories. Today, Chicago’s skyline is considered one of the most impressive and beautiful in the world. For a person whose hometown […]

Black History Month: Learning about our Midwestern neighbors

It continues to amaze me how many people of significance come from the Midwest. As we travel around our 12-state region, I learn more than I ever could have in school about this area. I recall learning about George Washington Carver as a kid in school, and his role with studying the peanut. Little did […]

National Park Service offers free admission dates as part of its centennial in 2016

  The National Park Service turns 1oo years old in 2016. Do you know what the very first national park was? Yellowstone National Park was deemed a national park in 1872 by President US Grant. Other parks and monuments followed, but the National Park Service didn’t come together as an organization until 1916, when President […]

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