The Midwest offers a treasury of trek-inspiring
surprises worthy of your next road, rail, or air trip.
Located in the heart of the Missouri Ozark Mountains, Big Cedar Lodge is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Imagine spending your days relaxing in an 18,000-square-foot spa or reeling in unforgettable memories on one of the nation’s best bass fishing lakes. In the evenings, curl up by the fire in your own private cabin after enjoying a hilltop dinner overlooking Table Rock Lake. This remote haven of natural beauty is steeped in rich history and embraces the rustic elegance of a bygone era. Experience the unspoiled terrain and stunning beauty of the Ozarks through a host of extraordinary amenities and activities. Enjoy numerous unique restaurants, a world-class spa, 100-slip marina, and two golf courses that are home to the PGA Champions Tour event, the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.
Overnight accommodations range from charming cabins tucked into the hillside to a grand lodge perched high above the property. Located just minutes from Big Cedar Lodge are sister properties Johnny Morris’ Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Johnny Morris’ Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve is a landmark first for the region and is a true celebration of the Ozarks landscape and its early settlers.
Begin your journey by traveling in an electric cart along a two-and-a-half mile nature trail complete with waterfalls, scenic overlooks, and a stunning drive-thru cave. Once through the trail, take in the most enchanting views of the Ozarks while experiencing world-class activities like legendary golf, a fascinating natural history museum, and multiple unique dining outlets. A short drive away is the newly re-opened Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. This 10,000-acre nature lover’s paradise offers unparalleled outdoor adventure. Enjoy horseback riding, wildlife excursions, fishing, dining in a working gristmill, and even a treehouse built by Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters!
Experience all of this and so much more with one of many vacation packages designed to give you the getaway you’ve been dreaming of. Call or visit the website today to start planning your stay!
Visit a one-of-a-kind destination that chose architecture and art as the way to create a special community. For the past 75 years, some of the finest architects have contributed to this city, which has become a virtual museum of modern architecture. In fact, the Chicago Tribune called the city of Columbus “an architectural mecca.” We know it to be a delightfully designed small-town that you’ll never forget.
Here, just one hour south of Indianapolis, you’ll find the work of some of the enduring names in architecture. In fact, nowhere can you see the works of so many great modern architects in such close proximity.
Public art and designed elements enhance the city’s vibe, also. Visitors to Columbus fall in love with two extraordinary pieces of artwork by Dale Chihuly, a renowned glass sculptor. Even the bicycle racks on the sidewalks feature a unique color and shape. Nothing in Columbus, Indiana, is ordinary!
For over 85 years, the Deer Path Inn has set the standard for an exceptional guest experience on Chicago’s North Shore. Styled after a 15th century English manor house, this Lake Forest legend just completed a true floor-to-ceiling renaissance that has revitalized every aspect of its incomparable offerings. Its spacious, beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites have been reimagined to evoke an Old World sense of comfort and style while still featuring the finest in 21st century amenities. Along with unmatched accommodations, the Deer Path Inn is also home to some of the North Shore’s most celebrated dining venues: The English Room, where Chef Khellil puts his own creative spin on fine dining with an inspired menu of traditional favorites and eclectic new creations; The White Hart Pub, where the relaxed, convivial atmosphere of the traditional English public house provides a comforting taste of British hospitality; and The Bar, a modern, inviting venue where signature cocktails and an enticing range of food and beverage choices are always at hand. At the Deer Path Inn, the sophisticated style and casual comfort of traditional English innkeeping always go hand in hand.
Voted “One of 20 Amazing Small Towns in America” by Mom.me, Galena and Jo Daviess County is your shop-till-you-drop, time-to-pamper-yourself destination. With over 100 eclectic boutiques and galleries, you’ll love browsing its beautifully restored 19th-century downtown for clothing, jewelry, and specialty gifts.
It’s also a great place to go antiquing, named by Fodor’s Travel as one of the “Top 10 Best Antiquing Towns in the U.S.” Antique and collectible stores line Galena’s historic district, plus there are many more scattered throughout the county’s countryside in quaint, off-the-beaten-path shops and barns. Be sure to check out Elizabeth’s Grand Antique Co. This antique mall has been converted from an old school into three stories of fabulous treasure hunting.
You can also try your hand at creating your own treasures. Local artisans are on-hand to show you how to make handcrafted glass, pottery, and artwork. There is even an opportunity for you to take some cooking classes from the Breakfast Diva who competed in the Food Network 2015 Holiday Baking Championship. Find times to these and many other events coming up at galena.org.
Prize package includes two nights of lodging at Dutchman’s Landing Rental Property in the Galena Territory, $150 for spa treatment at Indulge Day Spa at the Ramada Galena, tickets for two to P.T. Murphy’s Magic Show, tickets for two to Susan Steffan’s Breakfast Diva Cooking School, tickets for two to Blaum Bros. Distillery Co.tour and tasting, tickets for two to Chestnut Mountain Resort’s Soaring Eagle Ride & Segway Tour, $100 towards dinner at the Generals’ Restaurant at the DeSoto House Hotel, $100 towards fine dining at Goldmoor Inn & Resort, one pound of custom flavored and labeled coffee from Mean Bean Roasters, a special gift from Stoney Creek Inn Galena, $25 gift certificate from Poopsies of Galena, $25 gift certificate and Girlfriend Getaway dog and kitty basket plus a free day of doggie daycare or $25 towards a grooming appointment from New Earth Animals, and a $25 gift certificate from Galena Kids.
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Get your heart racing as you try your luck at Harrah’s Casino Joliet or Hollywood Casino Joliet, where you’ll find hot gaming action, first-class dining and the area’s best live entertainment. Speaking of racing—Joliet is home to Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway.
Enjoy a good, old-fashioned day at Silver Cross Field cheering on the Joliet Slammers baseball team.
History meets progress in Joliet, where you and your family can explore a wide variety of outdoor activities. Hike, bike, canoe, and fish in the great outdoors at one of the region’s parks, preserves, nature centers, and recreation areas.
Stroll through the Joliet Iron Works Historic Site, where you’ll see foundational ruins of the Joliet Iron and Steel Company, closed in the 1930s. The 52-acre site features a paved trail and self-guided interpretive tour, as well as access to the 90-plus-mile Centennial Trail/I&M Canal Trail.
Visit the Joliet Area Historical Museum and immerse yourself in the story of the I&M Canal, which opened in 1848 and provided the final link in a chain of waterways that made commercial shipping a reality from New York to New Orleans. Dug entirely by hand, the 96-mile canal began at the Chicago River in Chicago and ended at the Illinois River in LaSalle/Peru. The museum also features the nostalgic Route 66 Welcome Center. Drive on Route 53 (old Route 66) to see the larger-than-life figures of the Blues Brothers perched on the roof of Rich and Creamy. Enjoy your ice cream treat while exploring the adjacent Route 66 Park.
Reminisce about the classic Blues Brothers movie when you visit the former Joliet Correctional Center. During its long history, the castle-like structure, built in 1858, housed Civil War prisoners to a host of notorious criminals until its closing in 2002. Besides its “starring” role in The Blues Brothers, the prison has been memorialized in songs, movies and TV shows as recently as Prison Break. Although closed to visitors, it makes a terrific backdrop for free photo ops—so be sure to bring your camera along to the adjacent Old Joliet Prison Park.
Tour or buy a ticket for a concert or show at the Rialto Square Theatre. Built in 1926, featuring a grand esplanade designed after the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles in Paris, and an elegant rotunda graced by Corinthian-style columns and magnificent crystal chandeliers.
North Dakota native and actor Josh Duhamel says, “It's hard to describe the rugged beauty of Theodore Roosevelt National Park unless you see it for yourself. It's truly one of the best kept secrets in the U.S.”
In 1883, a skinny man from New York stepped off a train in Dakota Territory. His name was Theodore Roosevelt and he was here to hunt bison in the Badlands. Little did anyone know that his time here would be the driving force in shaping the nation’s lauded conservation policy—culminating in the establishment of what is now known as the National Park Service. Established in 1978, Theodore Roosevelt National Park encompasses three areas: the South Unit, Elkhorn Ranch Unit and the North Unit.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is one of North Dakota’s top destinations for many reasons. The park features more than 70,000 acres of towering buttes and deep draws carved by the Little Missouri River. Bison, elk, mountain lions, wild horses and bighorn sheep roam this western North Dakota landscape. Whether you hike, bike, camp or drive the park’s three units, you’ll be delighted with one spectacular vista after another. Your choices are only limited by your imagination. It’s also an affordable time to visit with many new hotels, restaurants and shopping in nearby Medora, Dickinson and Watford City.
Help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Every week in 2016, North Dakota Tourism is giving away a park pass to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Register for a chance to win today.
There’s a fun and diverse range of events throughout the state—below are just a few of the hundreds taking place in North Dakota in 2016.
Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival” takes place every year along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee. The 11-day event brings the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent, and local favorites along with approximately 850,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world together. Over 1,000 performances from over 800 acts spread across 11 stages makes up a live music experience that is unforgettable. Recognized as a destination event within the music and travel industries, the event regularly garners national and international media attention and provides something for everyone, including kids and families.
Each year, Henry Maier Festival Park comes alive with music spanning all genres, from alternative rock to country, R&B, Top 40, classic rock, indie and everything in between. Over the years, the 23,000-seat Marcus Amphitheater has played host to many of the nation’s top touring acts and 2016 will be no different with headliners like Paul McCartney, Luke Bryan with special guest Frankie Ballard, Sting and Peter Gabriel, Weezer and Panic! At The Disco with special guest Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Chris Stapleton and Alabama Shakes, Selena Gomez with special guest DNCE, Blake Shelton with special guest Parmalee, Def Leppard with special guests REO Speedwagon and Tesla, Tim McGraw with special guests Kacey Musgraves and Ryan Kinder.
Beyond the Marcus Amphitheater, the grounds stages will feature many of today’s hottest acts, along with classic favorites Ryan Adams with The Shinig, Martin Garrix, Willie Nelson, Rise Against, Passion Pit, Hollywood Vampires, Death Cab for Cutie, Jason Derulo, Garbage, Hunter Hayes, The Decemberists, The Roots, Ray Lamontagne, Fitz and The Tantrums, Gavin DeGraw, Mike D (DJ Set), St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Nelly, Neil Finn, Rachel Platten, Dustin Lynch, The Fray, Barenaked Ladies, Billy Idol, Kirk Franklin, Elle King, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Andra Day, Young The Giant, Commodores, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jack & Jack, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Violent Femmes, Timeflies. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Chase Rice, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Cheap Trick, Umphrey’s McGee, 311, Ben Folds and hundreds more!
Festival-goers can purchase tickets for the event at an amazingly low price. General Admission tickets are only $20, Weekday tickets (valid prior to 4:00 pm) are only $13 and 3-day passes are only $48 ($60 value). Visit the store on summerfest.com to purchase tickets. Marcus Amphitheater tickets are sold separately and include admission to Summerfest.