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The Greatest Midwestern Road Trip Everyone’s Been Missing

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If you think of Chicago and Minneapolis as two cities connected by a 400-mile yawn of bland scenery, it’s time to get off the highway and experience the exotic gardens, radical beers, and Frank Lloyd Wright architecture dotting this overlooked sweep of Americana.—By Kate Rockwood
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29 E Wilson St # 201, Madison, WI 53703, USA
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House ($15), is the only home the architect designed to be wheelchair-accessible, custom-built for a WWII vet. —By Kate Rockford

This appeared in the May/June 2017 issue.
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318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107, USA
With Chicago two hours deep in your rearview mirror, the urge to stretch your legs strikes. And—voilà!—Rockford, Illinois, appears. Stroll the exquisitely tended Anderson Japanese Gardens ($9.50), studded with bridges, waterfalls, and koi ponds. —...
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5754 WI-23, Spring Green, WI 53588, USA
You can see its Infinity Room—a horizontal glass spire over 200 feet long that juts out across a deep ravine—almost a mile before you reach the House on the Rock ($30) in Spring Green, Wisconsin. As striking as it is, nothing can...
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115 4th St S, La Crosse, WI 54601, USA
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Nestled along the Mississippi River, on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, sits La Crosse, Wisconsin. Grab some local caffeine (Kickapoo Coffee or Rishi Tea) and a blue cheese and spinach crêpe at the Root Note, a laid-back café, then wander the...
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3020 Grandad Bluff Rd, La Crosse, WI 54601, USA
The 600-foot summit is the best lookout in the state, with panoramic views of the city of La Crosse, the Mississippi River, and the Minnesota bluffs. —By Kate Rockford

This appeared in the May/June 2017 issue.
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306 3rd St, Pepin, WI 54759, USA
The drive from La Crosse to Pepin, Wisconsin, is a gorgeous 70-mile run of dramatic cliffs and winding river views. Don’t dawdle too long, though—you want to get in to Pepin before 5 p.m. to check out the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. Fans of...
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Pepin, WI 54759, USA
Venture seven miles outside of Pepin, Wisconsinw to the Big Woods Cabin, an electricity-free reconstruction of Wilder’s home. It’s all just 80 miles—and about 150 years—from Minneapolis. —By Kate Rockford

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110 3rd St S, La Crosse, WI 54601, USA
This 20,000-square-foot masterpiece is one of the largest of its kinds in Wisconsin. Leave some extra room in your suitcase so you're able to stop and shop! —By Kate Rockford

This appeared in the May/June 2017 issue.
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207 Pearl St, La Crosse, WI 54601, USA
This sweet shop is a must when visiting La Crosse, WI, serving small-batch ice cream scooped into homemade waffle cones, and lollipops as big as your face. —By Kate Rockford

This appeared in the May/June 2017 issue.