The Best Zoos In The Midwest USA

I think zoos are a great way to educate visitors about the millions of animal species that we share this planet with. Some establishments can be harmful…just look at Tiger King. Please don’t support places like this…It’s best to look for ones that have been accredited by boards like the ‘Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ and support global conservation efforts. These zoos are held to a high standard of regulations, so are a good place to start. I’ve collaborated with other Midwest travel writers, to bring you a list of some of the bests zoos in the Midwest!

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OHV Parks and ATV Trails In Iowa USA

I’ve been a huge fan of quad biking (ATVs) for a long time, going on ATV tours all around the world. While living in Iowa, we bought our own ATV so we could go trail riding! OHV parks tend to be free to visit and are under the control of the DNR. In these locations you’ll need a state registration sticker on the ATV, your vehicle must meet a couple of requirements (for example, have a width of less than 65 inches) and you have to wear a helmet. On private property, there aren’t quite as many rules but you’ll usually have to pay to ride on their trails. I prefer to trail ride, rather than going to a park. With trail riding you can follow a route or track through the woods and just enjoy driving around. Some of the OHV parks tend to be taken up mainly with terrain parks that are aimed more at dirt bikes. Here are some of the ATV parks in Iowa that we’ve been to!

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New Day Dairy: An Authentic Farmstay in Iowa USA

If you’re looking for a unique and authentic Midwestern experience, you should check out the New Day Dairy in Clarksville Iowa.  Dan and Lynn offer B&B accommodation on a working Iowa dairy farm!  Not only does the guesthouse have an observation deck (so you can watch the cows in the barn to your hearts content), but included in the price of the stay is a welcome tour and farewell tour that lets you get up close with the cows and the calves!

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Life In Lockdown – Iowa USA

Here we are, coming into the 8th week of lockdown and I thought I’d share an update of what life is like in Iowa, USA during this time. The last time I did a post was very close to the start of it all. Obviously I’m an expat, a Brit living in America and it was all about how it felt being cut off from my home. I can confirm that the crying has stopped. Well at the moment it has. For a while I was crying most days. But I’ve been lucky, my flight route is one of a handful of long haul flights that have survived the worldwide cutbacks. Knowing that it IS there still, gives me comfort. If it gets taken away all of a sudden, I guess the crying will start back up. This post is looking more at what day to day life is like, rather than the expat travel side of things.

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10 Places To Add To Your Wisconsin Bucket List! USA

As someone that originates from the UK, when it comes to USA tourism, we are only really ‘shown’ places like Orlando/Disney, New York, Vegas, The Grand Canyon, LA…the Midwest is relatively unknown so to speak.  So when I moved to Iowa (20 minutes from the WI border), I was pleasantly surprised by Wisconsin as it was somewhere that had never really been on my radar before.  In this post I share with you some of my favourite Wisconsin attractions that should be on your Wisconsin bucket list! Wisconsin is pretty well known for its love affair with cheese (and cheese curds) but as someone that hates the stuff, unfortunately you won’t find any cheese related things in this round up!

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‘If You Build It, They’ll Come’: Things To Do in Dyersville Iowa

2020 will see the first ever MBL (Major League Baseball) game played in Iowa.  Iowa doesn’t HAVE any MBL teams, BUT it does have the Field of Dreams, which is a pretty famous baseball diamond, made famous from the 1989 movie staring Kevin Costner.  The movie site is located in Dyersville, 30 minutes away from Dubuque.  ‘If you build it, they’ll come’, here are some top things to do in Dyersville.

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American Things That Have A RUDE Meaning In The UK

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not being nasty, this is a light hearted post about some of the observations I’ve had as an expat over things that are said and done that make me cringe because they mean something different in the UK!  We’ve all heard of cultural faux pas, they are bound to happen regardless of how well you know a culture, there’ll always be little things that mean something else in a different country/language.  I know myself of a few words that I’ve said while in the States that mean nothing bad in British English but in the US, I’ve been met with gasps.  It happens!  We’re all humans after all!

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