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Garvin Heights Lookout

If you’re in the vicinity of Winona, MN, take the time to wind your way up to the top of the bluff to visit Garvin Heights Overlook. You will get a stunning view of the Mississippi, Winona and surrounding countryside…. Continue Reading →

Kohler-Andrae State Park (Dunes)

Come for the dunes, stay for…more dunes! Kohler-Andrae is sandy, hilly, scrubby and gorgeous. Most visitors come for the endless sandy beaches, including a large stretch of dog beach. Take time to hike some of the boardwalks and view the… Continue Reading →

James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden

Tellen, like many fellow Wisconsinites, was bitten by the cement bug and the desire to create large, lumpen pieces of art on his property. “Naive” is the kindest term for his work. Some pieces, like the one of Abraham Lincoln,… 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 →

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 →

Mineral Point

Like Galena IL to the southwest, Mineral Point is a town that time forgot. Then time rediscovered it and opened up a bunch of cute art galleries and shoppies. Originally a mining town settled by Cornish miners. Many of the… Continue Reading →

Mines of Spain Recreational Area

If you’re heading past Dubuque and into Iowa, the Mines of Spain Recreational Area is a great stop-off to stretch your legs. It offers a wonderful vista of the Mississippi River, along with many pleasant, winding paths to hike on…. Continue Reading →

Natural Bridge State Park

You’ll never guess what you’ll find at the Natural Bridge State Park! Oh, you did. Well, no false advertising here. The main feature of Natural Bridge is, of course, the large natural stone bridge. It is suitably impressive, complete with… Continue Reading →

West Street Sculpture Park

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood of Galena on West Street (unsurprisingly), is the West Street Sculpture Park. Artist and blacksmith John Martinson has covered his property with large-scale sculptures. The park is open to the public and you are… Continue Reading →

Galena, IL

Galena, IL is a charming little town on the banks of the Mississippi River, and bears many of the architectural hallmarks you see on towns further south. Red brick with cream trim abounds, there porches galore and even the most… Continue Reading →

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