Madison Road Trip

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Long Weekend

Chicago History Museum

For all things Chicago, visit the wide-ranging Chicago History Museum. Located a few blocks from the lakeshore, the museum has been in the same location (in various permutations) since the Chicago fire in the 1870s. Displays range from the early… Continue Reading →

International Museum of Surgical Science

Located in a plum location on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive, the International Museum of Surgical Science is a varied collection. Some of the displays are exceptionally good – trepanned skulls, a huge library of medical books, a recreation of a… Continue Reading →

Lake Express High-Speed Ferry

Wishing for a vacation on a sandy beach but don’t have the cash for the Carribean? The Lake Express High Speed Ferry whips you across Lake Michigan in two and a half hours to hundreds of miles of clear, gorgeous… Continue Reading →

Gabbro Falls

We got the tip-off on these hidden falls from the owner of the Northwoods General Store & Coffee House in Wakefield MI (stop by for ice cream, lattes, toys, maps and tons of other fun tchotchkes!) Head north on Baker… Continue Reading →

Gills Rock Maritime Museum

If you’ve got a bit of time to kill before the arrival of the Washington Island Ferry, head on over to the Gills Rock Maritime Museum. The museum contains a number of local artifacts and displays on the local shipping… Continue Reading →

Miller Art Museum

The Miller Art Museum is tucked in the Sturgeon Bay public library. While not large, it is an attractive open space with plenty of room to admire the work. A central reading area offers visitors a comfortable spot to peruse… Continue Reading →

Crescent Beach Boardwalk

Algoma’s Crescent Beach Boardwalk doesn’t allow dogs. But other than that, it is perfect. The level, even walk edges a 1/2 mile stretch of sandy beach along Lake Michigan. It is capped on one end by a picturesque lighthouse (and… Continue Reading →

Newport State Park

Newport State Park’s massive footprint gives you miles of trails and acres of unspoiled Michigan shoreline to enjoy, even at Door County’s busiest. As Wisconsin’s only formally designated wilderness state park, it is far less groomed than other county and… Continue Reading →

Cave Point County Park

Door County is an immensely beautiful region that often verges on the fantastic. Cave Point County Park has a magical quality. On a windy day, there are waves as large as on the ocean. The trails are on a rock… Continue Reading →

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum is a short drive from Minneapolis. With its more rural location, the Arboretum has the opportunity to spread and sprawl in a highly satisfactory manner. At over 1100 acres, plan to spend at least… Continue Reading →

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