Explore the Midwest – Our “Backyard”

Our family has five travel goals, one of which is to spend more time exploring our own back yard. This page contains links to the many posts we have covering our adventures in the Midwest, as well as our wish lists for where else to go!

Why Midwest Travel is On Our Family’s Travel Bucket List


Savage Minnesota drone footage

View of Savage, Minnesota from our drone.

Savage, Minnesota: Our Home Town

I am thrilled to partner with the Savage Chamber of Commerce to feature history, events and businesses in the community our family calls home.

Savage, Minnesota: History Abounds

The 2019 Savage Kids, Family and Home Expo: Fun for the Whole Family

All the Rage: Savage’s Party Headquarters

Savage’s Annual DoggiePalooza: Three Reasons Why It’s Canine Heaven


“Tourist in Our Own Backyard” Events We’ve Attended (Minnesota)

Five Reasons to Go to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival – A fun day traveling back in time to the Renaissance era

Minnesota Renaissance Festival: Can You Have Fun Without the Costumes? – To costume, or not to costume? That is the question.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire – A fun day of experiencing makers and their talents

More Coming Soon!


Minnesota Destinations We’ve Visited

Greater St. Cloud Minnesota: An Awesome Fall Weekend Destination

Traverse des Sioux Treaty Site and Jeffers Petroglyphs: Southern Minnesota Historical Road Trip

Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe: A Perfect Mom-Daughter Adventure

Mall of America’s Dutchman’s Deck Adventure Course and Zip Line at Nickelodeon Universe

Kerfoot Canopy Tour in Henderson, Minnesota

Brainerd Zip Line Tour in Nisswa, Minnesota

An Afternoon at Historic Fort Snelling in Minnesota

Hiking in Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park in Minnesota

More Coming Soon!


Other Midwest Destinations We’ve Visited


A Long Weekend in Chicago Via Amtrak: A whirlwind tour of the Windy City.



Fun at Shakamak State Park, Jasonville Indiana: A fun adventure in my husband’s family’s backyard.

Fun at the Mascot Hall of Fame, Whiting Indiana: An interactive, zany exhibit honoring the mascots that help make sporting events a family affair.



Off the Beaten Path in Kansas City and Kansas: Some sights we saw while on a road trip through KC and KS.



Downtown St. Louis: A Whirlwind Tour


North Dakota:

Medora, North Dakota: Beautiful Badlands and Family Fun

Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s North Unit: Things to Do

Hiking the Caprock Coulee Trail in Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s North Unit



Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure, Cleveland Ohio


South Dakota:

Hiking the Sunday Gulch Trail in Custer State Park, South Dakota


Our Family’s Midwest Bucket List Series

We have a series of posts of our family’s bucket list destinations for each Midwestern state.

Coming Soon! Our Family’s Midwest Travel Bucket List Round-Up

Our Family’s Wisconsin Travel Bucket List

Coming Soon! Illinois

Coming Soon! Indiana

Coming Soon! Iowa

Coming Soon! Kansas

Coming Soon! Michigan

Coming Soon! Minnesota

Coming Soon! Missouri

Coming Soon! Nebraska

Coming Soon! North Dakota

Coming Soon! Ohio

Coming Soon! South Dakota