Planning to visit the Mid West this Spring

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  1. MissFrizzle

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    Any suggestions as to what's going on? and good places to visit and stay.. thanks.
     
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    The midwest is quite large--- If you are more specific we can be more specific!

    I mean I love my city and I could promote it all day long--- so if Chicago is on your list--let me know!
     
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    beleive it or not... I was hoping someone could just tell me about the states they live in... I didn't really decide on what state yet. I'm researching on the net.
     
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    Oh well I can speak to Madison, WI and Chicago, IL.... Chicago is amazing-- clean, friendly, we have many sports activities, boat tours, beautiful lake, beautiful river, tourist traps (lol), great food, DEEP DISH PIZZA--- (I see you're from New York-- It's a bit of a competition!) We have broadway shows come through but you have that too. We have our own cast of WICKED, BLUE MAN GROUP, and I am not sure what else.... Chicago is beautiful and fun, but it can be cold in Spring....
     
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    Actually sounds like NYC.... What about WI
     
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    Supposedly we are the "NICE, Midwest version of NYC" (from what I hear. I've been to NYC only once when I was 3 and well don't remember it much--)

    Anyway Madison, WI is a cute little college town that has the government and a large university there. UW-Madison. Farmers Market at the capitol on Saturdays. Cute little shops on State Street though when I moved many things like the Gap, Starbucks, and I think Fudruckers were moving in. The Wisconsin Dells aren't to far away and have huge water parks--though not sure if they open till after Memorial Day. There are some indoor ones. I've only been camping there never to the water parks.

    I still say come see CHICAGO---
     
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    Thanks Chicago..... I am sending away for brochures and stuff... Chicago does sound like there is definitely a lot to do. I think NY'ers get a bad rap... I'm nice:D
     
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    My goal in life is to visit each of the 50 states.. So I am randomly deciding...
     
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    The Chicago burbs north of the city are quite nice, Lake County towns and villages in particular. The historic village of Long Grove dates back to the early 1800s. It has some nice antique shops and places to eat. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

    You'll also find the town of Wauconda to be a nice quaint farming community. We did have a really nice Apple Orchard, but that was sold out for new houses. However, you may find the Lake County Discovery Musem of interest. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

    In addition, you may also like the newly constructed Independence Grove in Livertyville. Set in the broad valley of the Des Plaines River, 1,100-acre Independence Grove offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and education opportunities centered on a 115-acre lake reclaimed from a gravel quarry. Miles of trails, an expansive lake, graceful prairies and quiet woodlands provide a picturesque backdrop for many fun activities. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU WEBSITE.

    P.S. -- The Chicago Botanic Garden and the Kenilworth Hstorical Society grounds just across the IL-Cook county border are also nice places to visit, especially Kenilworth.

    Oh...and I can't help but plug the Cantigny First Division Army Museum either. Located on private grounds in Wheaton, IL (47 miles SW of Lake County), Cantigny ltends to leave its visitors in awe.
     
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    Well, i am from Illinois, so Illinois should be where I send you, but in fact it's St. Louis. I lived right across the river in illinois. St.Louis and the surrounding areas are great. There's the arch, new baseball stadium, Court house (which i believe has some historical meaning but i can't remember), football, lots of lakes, a great science center and best of all a FREE awesome zoo. I forgot to mention great food and shopping as well and a SIX FLAGS! It's easy to get around in too. Not to much traffic and easy roads the city is really spread out. Lots of universities too. There is the Fox Theatre and the Muny (outdoor theatre) which is near Forest park which i believe is equal if not bigger than central park. It has paths and a golf course. The newest thing is the metro link which makes it even easier (especially with no car) to get around the area. You can actually go from the airport to across the river into Illinois on one train. It stops at different places so you don't have to worry. Speaking of the airport, it is really easy to get around in all aspects from gates to baggage to the metro or even shuttle service. There are lots of great hotels, but one that you may not be familiar with but is great for a mid range is the DRURY INN the are all over in the midwest. St. louis is close to other great towns too like Springfield Illinois and Branson Mo. with great little towns in between. Hey Crow and Pitt both came from Missouri so it can't be that bad.
     
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    I grew up in the NW 'burbs of Chicago. I loved the Adler's Planetarium when I was a kid. Wisconsin Dells isn't that far from Chicago, either.
     
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    I have always lived in Wisconsin. However, have you been to the twin cities in Minnesota??? You would not be disappointed. There is something to do every minute of the day/night there and it is beautiful there!!! Go when the weather is nice though...not in the middle of winter! Dowtown Minneapolis is just awesome...museums, jazz bands on the streets, pubs...Mall of AMerica, fabulous zoos, and the Science museum is just waaaaaaay too awesome, planetarium is out of this world.......I love it there...oh and it is clean and quite safe for such a large city.
     
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    That's funny everyone always tells me the planetarium is horribly boring. I can get in for free---but everytime I go to the museum campus I end up going to the Shedd....
     
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    Frizz, come to my home town...........we'll put you up!!!!!;) :cool:
     
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    Kinder, could you imagine we would get into a lot of trouble together:D 7YA... How far are you from the Dells, that sounds like fun. Grammy's got me thinking about Minnesota... I have to check out the Mall of America:D

    Thanks everyone for your great ideas and suggestions... I will be checking out the links that you sent from Michigan too.... I knew I would get a lot of help from you guys!!:)

    I'd like to check out artsy places and museums.... I'm not much into sports ..... more sightseeing type stuff like zoos and planetariums...
     
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    We went XC last summer, from Charleston, SC (where we live) to Santa Cruz, CA and back! The WEST is awesome! But we enjoyed St Louis, MO (the zoo, the arch, a childrens museum, a Cardinals game- lots to do for free, too)- and Memphis, TN, but I guess that's kinda heading south!

    We went to 22 states- 5 national parks- so I can share about certain places we went. We LOVED Wyoming!!
     
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    Do tell about Wyoming!
     
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    I haven't been to sleeping bear, but Silver Lake is fun.
    I'd go to any of those places...With mackinac can't go wrong with the FUDGE!!!!

    I saw on one of the morning shows Saugatuck has become a place to visit. Small town with shops and I think they do a movie screening thing...for independent movies & what not.
     
  21. Mizz Lucy

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    I say, on Wisconsin!!!

    In Wisconsin, consider Door County. It's Wisconsin's pennisula.
    It's beautiful and relaxing.
    The wisconsin Dells has awesome indoor and outdoor waterparks.
    http://www.wildernessresort.com
    Other awesome indoor water park resorts are in the Dells are:
    Kalahari and Black Wolf

    Chicago has the aquarium, navy pier, magnificant mile, Cubs game

    Mall of America also has a cool aquarium. We spend entire weekends at the mall of America.

    Madison has an excellent free zoo and friendly, clean beach.
     
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    Well, I do remember my dad falling asleep! The chairs reclined, and it was nice and dark! But I'd love to take my kids there now...if we ever get back for a visit.
     
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    Wyoming isn't a Mid-western state, but don;t know what could possibly be in Wyoming. One would think it's rather bare except for the national parks teach4Knsc mentioned.

    National parks are okay, I suppose, but me personally... would rather go for museums, planetartiums, oceanariums, zoos,m and the like if I was going to plan a trip out-of-state.
     
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    I heard Jackson Hole is a hot spot... true???


    Anybody ever visited UTAH??? Sundance??
     
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    I know it's not exactly Mid West, but I was curious.
     
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    Frizz, I vote you come to WI...I'm not that far away from Kinder either! We could all meet for coffee!:D

    Personally, I really like the WI Dells area. The Wilderness Resort is wonderful, inexpensive, and there are soooo many things to do just at the one resort.

    The Twin Cities in MN is wonderful as well. I worked at Camp Snoopy for a short period of time. The Mall of America is a must see.
     
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    the hubby thinks I'm nuts for wanting to visit a mall.... men:rolleyes: :D


    I'd definitely love to do coffee girls!!:cool:
     
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    Did I hear we are meeting for coffee?
     
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    care to join us:D
     
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    possibly!
     
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    :cool:
     
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    I grew up going to The Dells and when I was a teen we went to lots of dances there...drinking was 18 then and we had a blast at The Purple Haze!
     
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    Here's the plan...we all meet in the Dell's for a relaxing vacation at one of the resorts!!!:D
     
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    Jenn- Now I think I have to leave the hubby home for girls day....LOL:cool:

    Do you know of any golf courses I could leave him at for the day...:D
     
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    Oh, yes. I remember, growing up in the Chicago area, when some my friends turned 18, they'd drive to Wisconsin. The legal drinking age in Illinois was 21. So, it was off to Wisconsin for some of the high school seniors, and recent h.s. graduates.
     
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    Well, that sounds like a plan......grammy, jen, frizz and myself meet up in the dells.....send the husbands off golfing. There are plenty of courses in the area!!!!!;)
     
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    I'll be there:cool: :p :D
     
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    That might work...except for the golfing part...he is not a golfer...so I told him we will all go(family) and he can play with our grandson. He liked that idea!
     
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    Yeah Grammy!!!:cool:
     
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    Well now my kids will want to come and swim too!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!! Party in the dells this next spring!!!!!!!! :)
     
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    Can you see how funny this would be... I'll hold up a sign that says Frizz:p
     

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