The city of Janesville is located in the south of Wisconsin, just 25 minutes away from the Illinois border. It lays along the Rock River and offers a range of ways to get out and enjoy the outdoors, after all, it is known for the amount of parks and green spaces! Here are a few ideas of ways to enjoy your summer days!
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!
Ironic hey, go to a mall to do no shopping?! But believe me, it’s possible to spend a whole day at the Mall of America in Bloomington Minnesota without even entering one of the 500+ stores (…actually that’s a lie, the parking lots enter the mall through shops…so maybe you’ll have to go into just one store…!). Especially on a rainy/dull/cold/blizzard day the Mall is a perfect attraction, everything is under one roof! Putting its size into perspective, because you know me, I can’t resist a British comparison, you can fit 441 Big Bens into the Mall of America! Here are some of my favourite things to do at Mall of America!
Because of geographical location of Dubuque Iowa, there are plenty of opportunities to get ‘up high’ and experience some of Dubuque’s vantage points! Sitting along the banks of the Mississippi River, it is possible to see 3 States (Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin) at once from the majority of these viewpoints!
One thing that surprised me the most when I moved to Iowa, was that there was actually a ski resort! I’m sure I’m not the only one that would assume that Iowa equalled flat and all corn fields…how wrong was I! Sundown Mountain Dubuque has 21 ski runs (green, blue and black diamond) and 2 terrain parks. When it doesn’t snow, the resort is maintained by 150 snow guns (believe me, it’s cold enough for the snow not to melt once it is there!) and the runs are groomed daily!
The Hilton Garden Inn is a brand new hotel (opened in October 2017) located in Downtown Iowa City, just 1 mile from the Iowa Hawkeyes football stadium (which has recently made the news thanks to the new tradition ‘The Wave’, where the whole stadium waves to the children overlooking the game in the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital). With a room rate starting at $124 per night, it definitely makes for an affordable central stay, has some great amenities and is within walking distance from things to visit such as the Ped Mall and the Old Iowa Capital Building!
The Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Iowa City opened in October 2017 and is home to the Vue Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, one of only a handful of rooftop bars in the Midwest. It is located on the 12th floor of the hotel and offers views across Iowa City from 3 sides! You can even see the Iowa Hawkeye football stadium as it’s just 1 mile away!