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 […]

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 […]

Enjoying a stroll among Mason City statues

We’ve been to Mason City, Iowa, a few times over the past year. Each time we visited, I wanted to take a stroll along the city’s Sculpture Walk. I’m a sucker for these types of attractions. But each time we were in town, something prevented me from accomplishing the walk – weather, time or other […]

Taking in the sights of Fall in the Midwest

We usually seek out a specific area for Lisa’s annual Midwest “leafing.” However, this year, we thought we’d stick around home and check out the Omaha area and combine it into a “Fall in the Midwest” theme. As nature would have it, not only did we check out the fall foliage action in our hometown, […]

‘Top of Iowa’ center welcomes visitors to North Iowa communities

Iowa has some unique rest stops. They go above and beyond the basic accommodations a person may expect to encounter. Iowa has a dozen or so along Interstates 35 and 80 that can follow under the category of tourist attraction. A stop on Interstate 80 may have a large energy windmill blade on display, with […]

Music Man Square honors Mason City native Meredith Willson

“76 Trombones led the big parade.” That classic song from the movie musical “The Music Man” jumped inside my head when we visited Music Man Square in Mason City. It’s the hometown of the musical’s writer, Meredith Willson. Music Man Square is located to Willson’s childhood home, just a few blocks from downtown Mason City. […]

Introducing the Midwest Twitter Chat: January Feature Destination – Clear Lake, IA

We are very excited to team up with Sara Broers of Travel with Sara to bring more of our love of the Midwest to you.   Each month we will be highlighting a new feature destination of the Midwest with a new monthly Midwest Twitter Chat! Our first one will be held on Wednesday, January 7, […]

Mason City, Iowa – home to ‘The Music Man’ and more

“Well, ya got trouble, my friend. Right here, I say trouble right here in River City.” Anyone who has seen the movie or watched the musical knows these words are from the musical “The Music Man.” Robert Preston portrayed the lead character in the movie, Harold Hill. Shirley Jones and Buddy Hackett also starred. The […]

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