Madison Road Trip

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Long Weekend

Swedish American Museum

The Swedish American Museum in Chicago is a far cry from the grand American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. It still has plenty of charm. The main floor offers a rotating show, featuring a Chicago-related topic. The upstairs has another gallery… Continue Reading →

Woolly Mammoth

Woolly Mammoth is a delightfully creepy, or perhaps creepily delightful, curiosity shop in the heart of Chicago. Need a housewarming gift for the Addams Family? This macabre little store is packed to the ceilings with bizarre goodies. Two-headed calf? Check…. Continue Reading →

Maharishi University/Fairfield, IA

The best term I’ve heard to describe Fairfield and the Maharishi University is “cognitive dissonance.” Drive into the downtown and you’ll find gorgeous Victorian-era homes, a red stone courthouse with clock tower, and a central park with a gazebo out… Continue Reading →

U of Iowa Natural History Museum & Old Capital

The University of Iowa Natural History Museum is of the satisfying old-school variety. It feels like what natural history museum should. Founded in the 1850s, the collection contains many unique and exotic species and are are housed in a graceful… Continue Reading →

Iowa City/Cedar Rapids

On our recent trip to Iowa, we had a few set locations we had planned to visit: The Maharishi University, Devonian Fossil Gorge, and the U of I Natural History Museum. But there was still plenty of time to wander… Continue Reading →

Lake Macbride State Park

Located between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, the Lake Macbride State Park offers hiking, fishing, boat rentals and a very clean and attractive beach. Unlike Wisconsin, the parks are also free. An excellent natural area to stop and stretch your… Continue Reading →

Devonian Fossil Gorge

The Devonian Fossil Gorge was exposed after two major, catastrophic floods in central Iowa (’93 and 2008). The torrential flows of water exposed an area of fossilized sea bed from the Devonian era (375 million year ago – give or… Continue Reading →

Wildcat Mountain, the Kickapoo River & Viroqua

Located in the heart of the driftless region, an area of Wisconsin that the glaciers took a pass on, Wildcat Mountain State Park is gorgeous year-round. The terrain in the driftless region is far hillier than the rest of the… Continue Reading →

Como Park Conservatory

The Como Park Conservatory is a tropical paradise on the frozen Minnesota prairie. Substantially larger than most midwest conservatories, it houses a Fern Room, Palm House, Sunken Garden, Orchid and Tropical houses, along with many outdoor gardens. The venerable collection… Continue Reading →

Walker Art Center

Claes Oldenburg (Coosje van Bruggen)’s iconic sculpture “Spoon Bridge” appears on nearly every piece of tourism advertising for Minneapolis. The piece, along with many others, is housed in a sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center. The Walker not only… Continue Reading →

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