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The whole inspiration behind my Iowa road trip was to visit Laura Ingalls Wilder’s homes in the area! We visited Burr Oak in Iowa, Walnut Grove in Minnesota, and DeSmet in South Dakota. Since the Ingalls family moved around pretty often, some of the sites were more significant than others, so if you’re looking for […]

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During my Iowa road trip with my mom and sister, we visited Decorah. We planned on going to Decorah to visit the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, and our trip happened to coincide with Nordic Fest! It was our first time at Nordic Fest, and we had a great time. If you’re planning on attending, here are […]

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I did a summer road trip around Iowa, and our first stop was Cedar Rapids! We had a day to explore and got to see some historic sights and eat some delicious food. If you’re looking for things to do in Cedar Rapids, here are some fun places to go in one day! 6 Things […]

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While we were in the Black Hills during our Midwest road trip, we spent one day in Badlands National Park! The views were incredible and we saw a TON of wildlife, which was awesome. If you’re planning a trip to the Badlands, here are all the amazing sights you can see! Planning a day in […]

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When I planned my Midwest road trip, visiting Mount Rushmore was the ultimate goal! And we saw some pretty incredible sights along the way 🙂 I didn’t know much about the area around Mount Rushmore before planning our trip (wanting to see Mount Rushmore was mostly inspired by “North By Northwest”), but I honestly enjoyed […]

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When we were planning our Midwest road trip, I wanted to visit North Dakota but didn’t know where to go. I love national parks so I chose Theodore Roosevelt National Park without knowing anything about it, and I’m so glad we visited! It’s not as famous as parks like Yellowstone or Yosemite, but the landscapes […]

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Minneapolis was our one stop in Minnesota on our Midwest road trip (don’t worry, I’ll be back to Minnesota to see more sights!), and we covered a lot of ground! We were there for one day and we saw most of the city, so I don’t think you need more than a few days in […]

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During our Midwest road trip, Stephanie and I spent a couple of days exploring Madison, Wisconsin, and it was such a pretty city to explore! There are historic houses, beautiful lakes, and pretty gardens you can visit. And it’s a small city so you can cover a lot of ground in just a few days. […]

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Madison was our second stop in Wisconsin on our Midwest road trip, and the first place we visited was Olbrich Botanical Gardens. We were there in late October, and it was still beautiful with a lot of flowers blooming! And fall leaves were peaking, so there were lots of pretty colors throughout the gardens. If […]

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Milwaukee was our first stop in Wisconsin on our Midwest road trip, and we really enjoyed our time there! I’m a sucker for historic architecture, and I loved how well-preserved the historic downtown was while being mixed with street art and more modern architecture. If you’re visiting for a short time, these are the top […]

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My friend Stephanie and I love photography, so when we got to Illinois on our Midwest road trip, we wanted to visit some of the best photography spots in Chicago! This post covers my 7 favorite places that we took photos, and we were there for a weekend so you can see them in within […]

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