Synopses & Reviews
Join Midwest Living® magazine's Dan Kaercher as he revisits dozens of his favorite places across the Midwest. From vibrant cities to serene small towns and splendid parklands, Dan rediscovers the heart of the Heartland - its varied history, rich heritage, and unique scenery. Each lavishly illustrated chapter tells many fascinating stories of the twelve Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
As the founding editor-in-chief of the magazine that knows Midwest travel like no other, Dan has visited every corner of this area, some many times over. In this dream road trip, he created a 10,000-mile, eight-week itinerary based on his all-time favorites - art museums, shopping meccas, grand resorts, big-league ballparks, and much more. The result is a moving tribute to the region that truly is the heartbeat of America. Kaercher's engaging accounts of little-known travel discoveries (even in the midst of places you thought you knew) offer a fresh look at classic Heartland destinations. He's a discriminating traveler, as well as a down-to-earth, die-hard Midwesterner who shares his insights and gentle humor along with history and insider tips that make his recommendations even more fascinating and fun.
Within these pages you'll find everything from the latest attractions in Chicago, St. Louis, and the Twin Cities to off-the-beaten-path "secrets" like a first-class hotel in a small Iowa town, the perfect place to watch eagles along the Mississippi River, a historic winery in Missouri, and where to head for the best scenic overlook in the Great Lakes region.
And let's not forget the food! Visit old-fashioned soda fountains, renowned steak houses, busy barbecue joints, mom-and-pop pie shops, and fancy gourmet restaurants. Recipes are included to make your armchair visit even more flavorful. As an added bonus, practical travel information for every state takes the guesswork out of planning your own trips to these destinations.
If you love the Midwest, you'll appreciate Dan's passion for life in the Heartland, and you'll find a treasure trove of places you'll want to see for yourself. If you think of America's midsection as bland, boring "fly-over" country, you're in for a huge surprise. Whether you seek urban excitement or small-town traditions, you'll discover new places, old friends, and a warm welcome within these pages - the Best of the Midwest™.
Join Dan Kaercher, founding editor and editor-in-chief of Midwest Living®
, as he enjoys a 3,500-mile road trip to some of his favorite places in the Midwest region. After eighteen years heading up America's third-largest regional magazine (circulation 900,000), Dan knows the spirit and heritage of the Heartland. "In my travels, I'm often asked by people I meet to share some of my favorite Midwest getaways. So, I decided to answer the question and revisit many of those special places to see how they look to me now," Kaercher said.
Inspiring photographs of the people and places Kaercher has known through the years accompany detailed maps and a complete road travel guide for those wishing to retrace all or part of this dream drive. Recipes of regional specialties are also included.
His scenic route includes Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. It takes in some of the Midwest's--and America's--most serene small towns, little-known big city attractions, hidden parks, top resorts, delightful cafes, and unexpected places to stay. This backroads getaway of a lifetime eventually winds through each one of the twelve Midwest states--from the patchwork-quilt Amish farm country of Ohio and Indiana. . . to the wild north woods, uncrowded lakeshores, and vibrant metropolises of Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin...to Missouri and the great cities and small towns along this state's historic river valleys. . . to the breathtaking prairies and grand vistas of Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, and North Dakota.
Dan's trip was closely tracked by national and local media throughout summer 2004, as well as on the magazine's popular Web site and weekly electronic newsletter. It will be a main feature of Midwest Living's May/June 2005 issue, as well as its special Best of the Midwest 2005 annual publication, on newstands April through September. The book will also be in other issues of the magazine, as well as on its Web site.
In addition, Iowa Public Television sent a videographer along with Dan on his trip, for a new series scheduled to air throughout the state in spring 2005. (The book will be shown along with ordering information at the end of each broadcast.) This series is also being considered for broadcast on other public television stations in the region.
Join Midwest Living
's founding editor Dan Kaercher as he travels through twelve states in America's heartland, visiting the hidden corners and vibrant cities that make this region great. Beautiful photographs and an engaging text are supplemented by practical information, allowing readers to turn their armchairs' reading into a memorable vacation of their own.
About the Author
is editor-in-chief and founding editor (1987) of Midwest Living
, the premier periodical about the Midwest's cities and small towns and Midwest lifestyles. He lives in Urbandale, Iowa.
Table of Contents
(1) Illinois (2) Indiana (3) Iowa (4) Kansas (5) Michigan (6) Minnesota (7) Missouri (8) Nebraska (9) North Dakota (10) Ohio (11) South Dakota (12) Wisconsin