Since moving to the USA, I’ve had to rely on visiting small towns to get my travel fix. I’m 3 and a half hours away from the nearest two large cities (Chicago and Des Moines), which make just trying to get to the airport a chore. In the UK I was spoilt living 20 minutes from one of London’s airports, I could get from my front door and to a major city IN ANOTHER COUNTRY within 3 and a half hours. I can’t even drive across a state in that time! So if I want to get away for a quick weekend break, I’ve had to train myself to view anywhere and everywhere as a tourist destination, no matter how big or how small.
As a Brit, pumpkin patches are a bit of a new concept for me. We have corn mazes back home but pumpkin patches are certainly not something that I grew up ‘around’ as such. Since living in America, I have been to 2 pumpkin patches in Iowa, both completely different from each other. For the readers that may not have been to one before, imagine a farm shop selling pumpkins and other homemade goods such as jam/jelly with the addition of a farm style type ‘theme park’, and you won’t be far off!
Wisconsin – The birth place of the Harley Davidson motorcycle, a company that’s now well over 100 years old and still going strong. As part of my trip to the Women in Travel Summit, the Milwaukee Harley Davidson Museum opened its door, after hours for the attendees to explore. I went, knowing I was seeing it for my Grandad, he’ll never be able to make the trip to see it for himself. He’s nearly 80 years old and still rides around on a Harley.
Woohoo! It’s the summer so as someone that works in a school that means 3 months off! Back home we only had 6 weeks off in the summer, so I can’t imagine what it’s like for a parent trying to keep their kids entertained for 12 weeks (I guess that’s why summer camps are a popular option!). Whether you have kids or are just enjoying a summer trip or the warm weekends, here’s a giant list of things to do in Dubuque Iowa in the summer!
I’ve written about Kenosha, Wisconsin several times already but what better way than to stick it all together in a helpful guide, just in time for the summer! Kenosha is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, 40 miles South of Milwaukee and 66 miles North of Chicago! There are lots of fun things to do in Kenosha and so many great places to eat!
It’s hard to find the words to describe just how crazy the City Museum in St Louis is. The best I can come up with is a ‘giant creative steam punk playground’! It’s definitely not your typical museum! It’s literally a giant mash of sculptures, where everything can be climbed on/up/through or slid down! This is the work of Bob Cassilly and his team of 20 other artists and sculptors! The City Museum opened in 1997 and is built in a disused building that was part of the International Shoe Company Factory.
Roseville MN (Minnesota) is proud of the fact that it’s ‘Perfectly Positioned’ for a visit to Minneapolis and St Paul and I would have to agree! It’s the only town to border both of the cities to the North and is located just off the I-35W giving quick access to many places in the Twin Cities! Roseville dates back to the mid 1800’s and holds a few crazy USA ‘firsts’, it was home to the very first Target store in America and the first McDonald’s in Minnesota!
Golf tourism is pretty big…now I suck at golf, so much so if I think there’s a chance of me losing my ball, I’ll pick it up and move it to the other side of the ‘obstacle’. BUT when it comes to mini golf I just can’t resist it, I absolutely love it, I’ve played mini golf courses all around the world and I think I’ve found my all time favourite. Can Can Wonderland in St Paul, Minnesota has hit the nail on the head (…or should that be putter on the golf ball?) and judging by the amount of people that battled through a blizzard to play mini golf, I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that!