Midwest

Southern Indiana Road Trip Southern Indiana Road Trip: 21 Things to See, Do, and Eat - Driving through Indiana might not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a road trip, but it’s a route that definitely should be considered.  Road trips can be a ton of fun, especially when there are stops all along the way that blend together a mix of fun, good food, adventure, history, […]
Wall Drug donuts On the Road for the Donuts in South Dakota - “You have to stop at Wall Drug,” said Kathy, my buffalo safari guide at Custer State Park. I’d just told her I was going to visit South Dakota’s Badlands the next day.  “And make sure you get one of their homemade donuts – they’re legendary.”  Decision made.  I’ll travel just about anywhere for donuts.  If […]
Badlands SD Blown Away by the Badlands. Literally. - With just 48 hours to spend in Rapid City, I had already scheduled a visit to Mt. Rushmore, a drive on the Needles Highway, and a Buffalo Jeep Safari at Custer State Park. From my hotel the first night, I spontaneously Googled “things to do” and found that Badlands National Park was just an hour […]
Showboat Branson Belle Showboat Branson Belle: Don’t Miss the Boat - I laughed. I cried. I ate too much. If you’re looking for an authentically fun way to spend a few hours in the sometimes overly touristy Branson, Missouri, this is the place. Read my review of the Showboat Branson Belle in TripAdvisor, November 10, 2013. Related posts: Blown Away by the Badlands. Literally. Some days […]
Ohio Street Beach, Chicago Chicago’s City Beach…and Beyond -   Looking for a beach destination but can’t afford a jaunt to the Caribbean?  No problem. . . pack up the kids and head for. . . Chicago! Ohio Street Beach on the shore of Lake Michigan is sure to please everyone in the family. Less crowded than the better-known Oak Street or North Ave […]
Patti Morrow Branson old west photo Some days are like that, even in…..the Midwest - Tell me…. do I look dangerous to you?  Apparently the TSA still thinks so. Rapid City Regional Airport.  Just another nondescript launching pad in the life of a travel writer.  Or so I thought. But it turned out to be a no-good, very bad, terrible day. As I’m going through security in the small but […]