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!
My childhood was spent going on holidays in a caravan. I’m used to ‘roughing it’ in the great outdoors so to speak and making trips to the nearest toilet block! When I discovered you could go glamping in Iowa AND it was in a town I was planning on visiting, I knew there was no other choice! Yes, I stayed in a yurt while attending a travel blogging conference! Here’s what you should know about staying in a yurt at McIntosh Woods State Park in Clear Lake, Iowa!
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!
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!
This run literally sums me up to a T…I love being active…but then I also love to pig out! Run 5K (3 miles) and be rewarded with chocolate…what more could you want?! I signed up to Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, which as the name suggests has both a 15K (9 miles) and a 5K hot chocolate run. At the moment they have races in 17 cities across the USA (5 being in the Midwest) which are spread out over the ‘winter’ season. I took part in the 5K in Minneapolis, Minnesota!
I’m sure I’m not the only British person to have been excited by the American superstore Walmart…I remember when I was preparing for Camp America one of the pieces of advice from returning camp counsellors was “don’t worry about packing too much, the camp director takes everyone on a Walmart run in the first few days”. So Walmart was built up as being the best place ever because if they don’t sell it…then you probably don’t need it, whatever you need, you can get it! When planning our Route 66 itinerary, we even factored in a Walmart stop ‘supermarket sweep’ style…grab a trolley/cart, you have 45 minutes to grab everything in sight!
Driving Route 66 is very much about the journey rather than the destination and part of the fun is staying in a new place every night! There’s a huge range of accommodation options from campgrounds, to big chain hotels but for this post I’m embracing the unique motels on Route 66! I’m talking about the individual ‘independent’ motels. The ones covered in Route 66 memorabilia and the classic neon signs! I’m guilty for staying in some chains during my trip (you can see a full list in my Route 66 2 week itinerary), so I’ve teamed up with some awesome travel bloggers who have contributed some of their experiences of motels on Route 66!
Once a year in Rockford Illinois, the Midway Village Museum hosts the Sock Monkey Madness Festival celebrating all things sock monkey in its official home! The Sock Monkey is recognised around the world and started right here in the Midwest, and yes they are made completely from a pair of socks!