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Need Some Fudge? Visit The Wisconsin Dells, The Midwest's Most Delightfully Tacky Resort Town

Need Some Fudge? Visit The Wisconsin Dells, The Midwest's Most Delightfully Tacky Resort Town Jun 19th, 2013 at 10:00AM: You don't have to leave the Midwest to catch a glimpse of the Roman Coliseum, the White House, the Kalahari Desert and the fabled windmills of Mykonos. Nope, all you have to do is take a road trip to the Wisconsin Dells, one of America's delightfully tacky resort towns, where you can travel the world without venturing very far off the Wisconsin Dells Parkway. I've lived in Chicago for years but...

A Kid Friendly Midwest Getaway: See The Freaks At Circus World In Baraboo

A Kid Friendly Midwest Getaway: See The Freaks At Circus World In Baraboo Jun 12th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Five years ago, when my wife and I had our first child, our lives as travelers changed. We still hit the road just as often as before, but now we find ourselves seeking out zoos and playgrounds and children's museums and a host of other kid friendly attractions that we never would have visited during our childless years. Most of the time, I acquiesce to the child-centric activities more or less...

$56 A Night To Pitch A Tent? Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

$56 A Night To Pitch A Tent? Happy Memorial Day Weekend! May 21st, 2013 at 10:00AM: Since when did camping become expensive? I live in Chicago and have spent a ridiculous amount of time researching places to camp over the Memorial Day weekend in the last two weeks. If I had planned ahead, booking a campsite would be quick and easy but we tend not to plan very far in advance, which makes travel during holidays complicated and sometimes expensive. We wanted to camp at Devil's...

Drink, Pray And Polka In Underrated Milwaukee

Drink, Pray And Polka In Underrated Milwaukee Jan 22nd, 2013 at 10:00AM: It's Friday night and I'm at a brewery tour in Milwaukee drinking beer. Good beer – not the mass-produced crap that Milwaukee is famous for. Tom Martin, our guide at the Milwaukee Brewing Company, takes a moment to state the obvious for the benefit of out-of-towners like us. "We have a drinking culture here in Wisconsin in case you haven't noticed," he says, standing beside an imposing...

Midwest Weekend Getaway: Baraboo And Devil's Lake State Park In Wisconsin

Midwest Weekend Getaway: Baraboo And Devil's Lake State Park In Wisconsin Oct 5th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Chicago is a world-class city but there are many occasions when those of us that live here want out, at least for the weekend. And while the city is a terrific flight hub, quick and dirty road trip options are limited, especially if you've lived in the city for a long time and have exhausted most of the choice destinations. A few years ago, my wife and I took a hiking excursion to Wisconsin's...

Is Wisconsin's Nudist Beach In Jeopardy?

Is Wisconsin's Nudist Beach In Jeopardy? Jul 13th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Apparently, gourmet cheese, good beer and the Green Bay Packers aren't the only things attracting visitors to Wisconsin. In fact, the state boasts one of the country's largest non-coastal nudist beaches, Mazo Beach, which brings in about 70,000 naturists per year. Unfortunately, the hot spot is currently facing opposition from protesters, politicians and conservative locals. Recently, numerous...

Milwaukee Art Museum opens major exhibition on Impressionism

Milwaukee Art Museum opens major exhibition on Impressionism Oct 18th, 2011 at 4:00PM: An exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum is looking at Impressionism in a new light. Impressionism: Masterworks on Paper is the first major exhibition to explore the drawings of famous Impressionists. Previous exhibitions have always focused on their paintings, such as Renoir's Bathers with Crab, which is also part of the show and appears here in this photo courtesy Moira Burke. The...

Photos from the Oshkosh Airventure

Photos from the Oshkosh Airventure Aug 1st, 2011 at 10:00AM: Festivities from the 2011 Oshkosh AirVenture are just wrapping up as we type, and as our photos come back from the dark room we're sending them straight out to print. As far as air shows go, one can do no better than the Oshkosh AirVenture in Wisconsin. Your typical small town air show this is not. Sure, they've got the warbirds and the experimental planes and the helicopters and the...

Five ways holiday travelers annoy business travelers

Five ways holiday travelers annoy business travelers Dec 24th, 2010 at 3:00PM: On December 23, 1999, I was trying to get from Madison, Wisconsin to Boston Massachusetts. On paper, it didn't look hard. I had to catch a short fight from Madison to Chicago and another flight from Chicago to Boston. Unsurprisingly, it was snowing in Madison. It was also snowing in Chicago. Flights were canceled quickly and routinely, and crowds backed up in the gate areas. I was starting to...

New Wisconsin hotel smoking ban: big fines, no choice

New Wisconsin hotel smoking ban: big fines, no choice Sep 5th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Wisconsin has just cracked down on smokers from out of state. It's only the second state with a smoking ban that applies to every hotel room in the state. This differs from most smoking bans, like the one in Kansas, in which the properties can allow smoking in a certain percentage of guestrooms. Michigan is the only other state with a hotel smoking ban this severe. The hotel business in...

Top 10 farmers markets in U.S.

Top 10 farmers markets in U.S. Jul 26th, 2010 at 11:30AM: There's an innate pleasure to eating seasonally, especially this time of year, when berries, stonefruit, peppers, corn, and tomatoes are at their peak. Farmers markets are one of the best ways to enjoy these ingredients, not only because they afford the chance to connect with growers, ranchers, fishermen, and food artisans, but also because they're a window into the soul of a community. I'll be...

Listen up: America's top 10 outdoor concert venues

Listen up: America's top 10 outdoor concert venues Jul 5th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Outdoor arenas, beach-side stages, amphitheaters under the stars - the sounds of summer are everywhere, you just have to buy a ticket. So where do you go to hear the best music and see the best concerts? Next time you want a little groove in your summer night, take a trip to one of the top outdoor music venues in America and enjoy the sounds of summer. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, New...

Corn Palace to the Jolly Green Giant: 10 Midwest roadside attractions you must see

Corn Palace to the Jolly Green Giant: 10 Midwest roadside attractions you must see Jun 9th, 2010 at 12:00PM: America's heartland is home to plentiful crops, rolling hills and orange sunsets. You can find a Dairy Queen next to a cherry tree and park yourself in front of a drive-in movie on a hot summer night. There's also the world's largest bottle of ketchup, and enchanted highway and the Jolly Green Giant.... wait, what? It's true, travelers. The Midwest is home to many quirky attractions that might...

Three Midwest parks to cater to your summertime plans

Three Midwest parks to cater to your summertime plans Jun 8th, 2010 at 11:00AM: The Midwest may not have the mega-parks of the National Park Service, but they've got something you won't find at top tourist attractions: solitude. You won't find huge waterfalls or towering mountains in the midwest, but then again, you also won't have to wait in line for jockey for a camping space. You'll find peace, quiet and an abundance of wildlife often unappreciated. If you're looking for...

Top five weekend travel media stories

Top five weekend travel media stories Jun 7th, 2010 at 1:30PM: Here are five interesting stories from this weekend's newspaper travel sections around the world. 1. In Melbourne's the Age, Andrew West writes about a fabulous train journey from Jakarta to Yogyakarta to Surabaya and then back to Jakarta. 2. Sophie Cooke extols the pleasures of Sarajevo and rural Bosnia in the Guardian. 3. In the New York Times, Jaime Gross spends 36 hours in Salt Lake...

39 of America's best drives

39 of America's best drives Jun 1st, 2010 at 10:00AM: Summer is upon us, and that means it's time for road trips. Even with gasoline prices nudging the three dollar mark, there's no better way to spend a summer day or weekend than taking part in the American tradition of a great drive. With that in mind, Gadling has put together 39 great drives across the U.S. you'll want to check out. So grab your keys and get out on the open road! Duluth,...

18 more great spots for hikers

18 more great spots for hikers Apr 30th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Most hikers agree: the best way to really learn about a place is to experience it by walking or climbing. It inspired us here at Gadling to take a look in February at the world's best hikes. There were so many great spots, in fact, we decided to follow it up today with 18 more. This collection of treasured, world-class hikes offers a variety of unforgettable experiences, and promises...

Road Trip Tips: make lodging part of the journey, not just a place to stay

Road Trip Tips: make lodging part of the journey, not just a place to stay Apr 20th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Spring's upon us, and those summer months you've been desperately waiting for are nearly here (in this hemisphere, anyway). We can't help but say that anytime is a perfect time for a road trip, but the prime months for hitting the highway are just ahead, and that leaves you precious little time to prepare. In haste, many road trippers tend to overlook, or simply brush aside, one critical aspect...

Belly Flops and a Jelly Belly train are just one hour north of Chicago

Belly Flops and a Jelly Belly train are just one hour north of Chicago Feb 16th, 2010 at 4:30PM: A mere hour north of Chicago is Pleasant Prairie, WI - home to an outlet mall and the Jelly Belly warehouse for the entire eastern half of the country. The tour is often billed as a factory tour, but unlike the Fairfield, CA plant, Pleasant Prairie only stores the beans. Inside the massive building is a Jelly Belly outlet store and a surprisingly entertaining train tour around the plant. ...

Winter festivals in the Midwest

Winter festivals in the Midwest Dec 28th, 2009 at 11:30AM: What is it about snow that just makes us want to play in it? A fresh, fluffy layer of snow means snow angels and snowmen, building forts and having snowball fights. And for some people, it also means making really, really big snow sculptures like these found on WebUrbanist.com. To see some smaller, but no less impressive, snow sculptures in the Midwest, check out one of the area's many winter...

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