Why not Minot? The ‘Magic City’ waves its wand for interesting tourist attractions

Minot has a bad rep. Even I’ve made fun of it in the past. While stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base in the 1980s, I attended leadership school at Minot Air Force Base. I joked that I spent a year there one month. When base assignments were handed out, you prayed you didn’t get […]

Exploring Bismarck

I lived in Grand Forks, ND, for more than five years. I never ventured too far west. I never visited Bismarck during that time. In the past 13 months, Lisa and I have been to Bismarck twice. And we can’t wait to get back there a third time. We spent a couple of days in […]

‘Legendary’ North Dakota road trip, Part 2

The opportunity to visit the International Peace Garden has long been on my bucket list. Our recent trip to North Dakota allowed us that opportunity. Lisa and I departed our overnight stay in Minot and headed to the US-Canada border, home to the International Peace Garden. Before we arrived at our destination, we diverted to […]

‘Legendary’ North Dakota road trip, Part 1

North Dakota’s tourism slogan is “Legendary.” That’s how I would describe our visit. We knocked a few things off our travel bucket list, including a stop at the Scandinavian Heritage Park and festival in Minot. We enjoyed a jam-packed trip around North Dakota. It all started with a visit to our good friend, Dakota Thunder. […]

Bismarck’s Papa’s Pumpkin Patch rates among nation’s best

Bismarck’s Papa’s Pumpkin Patch ranks among the nation’s best. The Travel Channel has named the pumpkin patch one of its top 10 pumpkin spots five times, including this year. It’s easy to understand why. The pumpkin patch offers an enjoyable visit, which can last an hour or so or stretch throughout the day. Papa’s Pumpkin […]

National Park Service at 100: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Teddy Roosevelt hunted for bison during his first visit to North Dakota in 1883. He moved to the state following the death of both his wife and mother on the same day in 1884. He had a ranch in the Medora area. Roosevelt went to lead the “Rough Riders” during battle in Puerto Rico during […]

May Midwest Travel Twitter Chat – Travel North Dakota

Disclosure: Thanks to Travel North Dakota for sponsoring this post and the May Midwest Travel Twitter Chat.  All opinions and views are ours. A beautiful landscape, experiences, history and people in the Midwest that can only be called “legendary” exists. Actor Josh Duhamel is also proud to call this place his first “home” and now brings his […]

Play ball! Baseball is back

“Play ball!” rings out across North America this week, as Major League Baseball kicks off its 147th season. Will this be the year we get another “I-70 Series” in Missouri? Or a “Subway Series” in New York? Maybe, we finally get an “I-5 Series” in Los Angeles. Regardless of where the Fall Classic ends up, […]

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 […]

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