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Best of the Midwest

Join Dan Kaercher, recently retired Editor-in-Chief of Midwest Living Magazine, as he travels through 12 states across the Midwest on a sentimental journey to experience some of the enchantment Middle America has to offer. Dan crosses ten thousand miles and explores everything from national monuments to great food to some of the undiscovered gems of the Midwest. The Best of the Midwest will remind viewers why the heartland of the United States is such a great place to call home.

There is a one-hour version of this program and a series of eight half-hour programs.

** Please note: Dan Kaercher personally visited all of the parks, preserves and recreation areas while videotaping these programs in 2004, but circumstances can change. We encourage you to call ahead if you are planning a visit of your own.

Best Slide Show

Map of Locations Visited in the
One-hour Program


Video Clips

Chicago, IL
Cleveland, OH
Des Moines, IA
Mackinac Island, MI
St. Louis, MO

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Best of the Midwest
is a partnership production with:

Midwest Living


Make a pledge of support to Iowa Public Television and choose from one of the following thank-you gifts:

$60 - choice of Best of the Midwest VHS or DVD
$100 - Best of the Midwest hardcover book
$150 - Best of the Midwest hardcover book, plus choice of Best of the Midwest VHS or DVD

Please allow 8 to 10 weeks for your thank-you gift to arrive.