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Best of the Midwest with Dan Kaercher

Illinois & Missouri (#104)

We journey through the Land of Lincoln in Illinois and to the boyhood home of Mark Twain in Missouri. Plus a look at great St. Louis secrets and the starting point of Lewis & Clark's Voyage of Discovery. [25 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: The Midwest is a fabulous place to travel and explore. From its serene small towns to big city attractions, natural wonders and great food - there is something for everyone. Just ask Dan Kaercher, editor-in-chief of Midwest Living magazine. After 20 years of traveling the highways and byways of America's heartland, Dan certainly knows the hot spots both on and off the beaten path. Now viewers can join Dan on a sentimental journey as he revisits those places he calls his favorites. It's a whirlwind trip of 10,000 miles through 12 states to explore the Best of the Midwest.

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  • Ohio & Indiana (#101)

    From Cleveland, Ohio's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to the White River State Park - 250 acres located in downtown Indianapolis - with fun stops at Saywell's old-fashioned drug store in Hudson, Ohio and Indiana's Brown County Artist Colonies. [25 minutes]

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  • Michigan & Wisconsin (#102)

    Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Mackinac Island, the lighthouse at Marquette, and Wisconsin's Door County are featured. [26 minutes]

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  • Wisconsin & Chicago (#103)

    Milwaukee, ports of interest; Spring Green's House on the Rock; and a visit to the Windy City including the new Miliennium Park on the lakeshore. [26 minutes]

  • Missouri & Kansas (#105)

    We try some Kansas City barbecue and other KC attractions before heading off to Kansas to see the birthplace of Amelia Earhart in Atchison, do some ranching near Lawrence, and visit the 8600 acre Konza Prairie Preserve. [26 minutes]

  • Nebraska and South Dakota (#106)

    On to Nebraska and the home of Big Red Football in Lincoln and the Union Pacific Rail Yard in North Platte. Then up to South Dakota's Hot Springs archeological dig, Custer State Park in the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse monument, and, of course, the Badlands. [26 minutes]

  • North Dakota & Minnesota (#107)

    Continuing north to North Dakota for a-one-uh-and-a-two-uh at Lawrence Welk's birthplace near Strasburg; the state capital at Bismarck; and a little tomahawk throwing at Washburn. Then over to Minnesota for Walleye in Brainerd, Vikings in Moorhead, Paul Bunyan, a giant ball of twine, and the State Capital at St. Paul. [26 minutes]

  • Minnesota & Iowa (#108)

    We wander around the other half of the Twin Cities, slide over to the Mall of America, and catch our breath at quaint little Lanesboro. Then a little life on the Mississippi at Lansing, Iowa, plus that state'sEffegy Mounds National Monument and a side trip to picturesque Galena , Illinois. Then on to the Amana Colonies, the state capital in Des Moines, also home to Living History Farms, then to Boone, IA for the wonderful old Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad. [26 minutes]

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