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8 Must-Visit Small Towns In Minnesota

Minnesota might be known for its many lakes or for the larger-than-life Mall of America. But this upper Midwestern state is full of unique places to explore, including countless small towns. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast looking to connect with nature or a lover of quirky roadside attractions in search of some fun, you’re sure …

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Stop At These 8 Charming Small Towns In Illinois

While Illinois is largely known for its big cities and connection to Abraham Lincoln, the state is full of small towns worth exploring. From storied towns with picturesque vistas to rural communities who have embraced the wacky and weird to attract visitors, there’s a little bit of everything in Illinois. Whether you head west toward …

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The Story Behind The Animal-Shaped Mounds In Iowa

Over 800 years ago, indigenous cultures in what is now northeastern Iowa built their last mound, burial mounds in different shapes to honor those who’ve died. These mounds — some in shapes of animals, such as bears —  continue to exist today, and can be visited without much effort or hiking at Effigy Mounds National …

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13 U.S. Cities That Never Lost Their European Spirit

The Midwest was a popular region for European immigrants to settle in the 1800s and early 1900s because the terrain and weather reminded many people of their home countries. With northern Plains states, such as North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota popular with Scandinavians, while Danish and Dutch immigrants preferred Iowa and Nebraska. Germans often …

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11 Great Restaurants Near Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Restaurants and foodie experiences aren’t the priority. But a hiker’s gotta eat, right? Here are some of the restaurants and cafes I recommend near Glacier National Park’s western entrance. And by saying these restaurants are “near,” some are just outside of the park, and some are a …

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