Below is a list of some of the better known places, as well as some of the hidden jewels of this region.
* Pequot Lakes, Minnesota:
Fish or water-ski at one of the 450 lakes and rivers in this area. In-line skate or snowmobile the Paul Bunyan Trail. Enjoy a theater production and shop the art galleries. Don’t forget to see their famous bobber water tower!
* Illinois Beach State Park:
Camp under the stars, relax on their 6.5 mile beach nestled on the edge of Lake Michigan and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and swimming.
* Chicago, Illinois:
Hear the Chicago Symphony, visit one of the 50 museums or go shopping on State Street, one of the world’s most famous shopping districts.
* Tulsa, Oklahoma:
Come during October, and experience their famous Oktoberfest. Shop on Cherry Street or travel 14 miles to Keystone Lake for water sports.
* Hannibal, Missouri:
Visit many museums and attractions dedicated to Mark Twain, including his boyhood home and the Mark Twain Cave. If you are feeling “Twained” out, visit the optical science center, or take a romantic Mississippi River Boat Cruise.
* Greers Ferry Lake, Arkansas:
Along with Heber Springs and Little Red River, this area boasts 15 parks. Swim, hike, go-cart or attend a seasonal festival. If you are lucky, you’ll come during the world championship cardboard boat festival!