BUCKET LIST - MIDWEST

12 STATES
TOTALING


ILLINOIS

[IL] The Land of Lincoln

State Capital is Springfield.
Admitted to the Union on
December 3, 1818 as the 21st state.
VisitedLocation
Pullman National Monument
Cahokia Mounds (1 of only 19 World Heritage Sites in the Lower 48)
MUST TASTE - Blueberry Breese soda
MUST TASTE - Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza
MUST TASTE - Popcorn (Official State Snack)
Border Crossings - ✅IL2WI - ✅IL2IN - ✅IL2KY - ✅IL2MO - ✅IL2IA
LOCATE a geocache - GC2NXFB
OVERNIGHT in a State Park -

Eldon Hazlet
State Recreation Area
$20.00 - 09/2019

and the 2 National Forests -

Midewin National
Tallgrass Prairie


NO CAMPING

🌲

Shawnee
National Forest


Pounds Hollow Rec Area
Pine Ridge Campground

$5.00 - 09/2021

🚴🏼‍
VENTURE OUT on a hike or a bike
🔥
ENJOY a nighttime campfire
🌭
DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
⌛️
TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise


INDIANA

[IN] The Hoosier State

State Capital is Indianapolis.
Admitted to the Union on
December 11, 1816 as the 19th state.
VisitedLocation
Indiana Dunes National Park
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
CAVE TOUR - Bluespring Caverns
CAVE TOUR - Twin Caves
CAVE TOUR - Indiana Caverns
CAVE TOUR - Squire Boone Caverns
CAVE TOUR - Marengo Cave
CAVE TOUR - Wyandotte Cave
👍
MUST TASTE - Ski Soda - lemon/orange flavored drink
MUST TASTE - Sugar Cream Pie (Official State Pie)
Border Crossings - ❌IN2MI - ✅IN2OH - ✅IN2KY - ✅IN2IL
LOCATE a geocache - GC1W0EQ
OVERNIGHT in a State Park -

Spring Mill
State Park
$23.00 - 09/2019

Brown County
State Park


Buffalo Ridge Loop
$23.00 - 09/2021

and the National Forest -
🌲

Hoosier
National Forest


Indian Celina Rec Area
South Slope Loop

$17.00 - 09/2019


Tipsaw Lake Rec Area
Jackpine Loop

$17.00 - 09/2021

🚴🏼‍
VENTURE OUT on a hike or a bike
🔥
ENJOY a nighttime campfire
🌭
DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
⌛️
TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise


IOWA

[IA] The Hawkeye State

State Capital is Des Moines.
Admitted to the Union on
December 28, 1846 as the 29th state.
VisitedLocation
Effigy Mounds National Monument
Visit the Field of Dreams Movie Site
CAVE TOUR - Spook Cave
CAVE TOUR - Crystal Lake Cave
👍👎
MUST TASTE - Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
MUST TASTE - S'mores (Official State Snack)
Border Crossings - ✅IA2MN - ✅IA2WI - ✅IA2IL - ❌IA2MO - ✅IA2NE - ✅IA2SD
LOCATE a geocache - GC66903
OVERNIGHT in a State Park - NO NATIONAL FORESTS
VENTURE OUT on a hike
ENJOY a nighttime campfire
DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise


KANSAS

[KS] The Sunflower State

State Capital is Topeka.
Admitted to the Union on
January 29, 1861 as the 34th state.
VisitedLocation
Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark (2021) -
Hike the overlook trails in Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park
Visit the World's Largest Ball of Twine
Visit the Geodetic Center of North America
Visit the Geographic Center of the Contiguous United States
MUST TASTE - Cinnamon Rolls
MUST TASTE - Kansas City Style BBQ Ribs
Border Crossings - ✅KS2NE - ❌KS2MO - ✅KS2OK - ❌KS2CO
LOCATE a geocache - GC99F0P
OVERNIGHT in a State Park


MOST BEAUTIFUL IN STATE AWARD

Historic Lake Scott
State Park


Lake View Campground
$23.00 - 04/2021


BEST IN STATE AWARD

Prairie Dog State Park


Cottowood Campground
$23.00 - 05/2021

Glen Elder State Park


Cheyenne Campground
$23.00 - 05/2021

and the National Forest -
Cimarron
National Grasslands
VENTURE OUT on a hike
🔥
ENJOY a nighttime campfire
🌭
DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
⌛️
TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise


MICHIGAN

[MI] The Great Lakes State

State Capital is Lansing.
Admitted to the Union on
January 26, 1837 as the 26th state.
VisitedLocation
Isle Royale National Park
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Automotive Heritage Trail [All American Road]
Ride upon the Quincy and Torch Lake Cog Railway
MUST TASTE - Vernors
MUST TASTE - Faygo
MUST TASTE - Coney Dog
MUST TASTE - The Pasty
Border Crossings - ❌MI2WI - ❌MI2IN - ❌MI2OH
LOCATE a geocache
OVERNIGHT in a State Park and the 4 National Forests -
Hiawatha
National Forest
Huron
National Forest
Manistee
National Forest
Ottawa
National Forest
VENTURE OUT on a hike
ENJOY a nighttime campfire
DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise


MINNESOTA

[MN] Land of 10,000 Lakes

State Capital is Saint Paul.
Admitted to the Union on
May 11, 1858 as the 32nd state.
VisitedLocation
Voyageurs National Park
Pipestone National Monument (2021)
Grand Portage National Monument
North Shore Scenic Drive [All American Road]
Northernmost Point of the Continental United States (Angle Inlet)
Visit the Mall of America near Minneapolis
CAVE TOUR - Mystery Cave
CAVE TOUR - Niagara Cave
👍👍
MUST TASTE - The "Original" Jucy Lucy Burger at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis
MUST TASTE - A Morel Mushroom
👍👍
MUST TASTE - Spring Grove Soda (since 1895) - RhuBerry & Black Cherry
Border Crossings - ✅MN2WI - ✅MN2IA - ✅MN2SD - ✅MN2ND
LOCATE a geocache - GC3NZ53
OVERNIGHT in a State Park -

Blue Mounds
State Park
$30.00 - 06/2021

Sibley State Park


Lakeview Campground
$35.00 - 07/2021

Forestville/Mystery Cave
State Park
$35.00 - 07/2021

and the 2 National Forests -
Chippewa
National Forest
Superior
National Forest
VENTURE OUT on a hike
🔥
ENJOY a nighttime campfire
🌭
DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise


MISSOURI

[MO] The Show Me State

State Capital is Jefferson City.
Admitted to the Union on
August 10, 1821 as the 24th state.
VisitedLocation
Gateway Arch National Park (2019)
George Washington Carver National Monument
Ozark National Scenic Riverways (2021) -

Alley Spring
Campground
$11.00 - 09/2021

Visit Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Visit Elephant Rocks State Park
CAVE TOUR - Meramec Caverns
CAVE TOUR - Onondaga Cave
CAVE TOUR - Cathedral Cave
CAVE TOUR - Jacob's Cave
CAVE TOUR - Stark Caverns
CAVE TOUR - Bridal Cave
CAVE TOUR - Fantastic Caverns
CAVE TOUR - Talking Rocks Cavern
CAVE TOUR - Marvel Cave
CAVE TOUR - Bluff Dwellers Cave
👍👍
MUST TASTE - Toasted Ravioli in St. Louis
👍👍
MUST TASTE - Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis
👍👍
MUST TASTE - Ice Cream Cone (Official State Desert)
Border Crossings - ❌MO2IA-✅MO2IL-✅MO2KY-❌MO2TN-✅MO2AR-❌MO2OK-❌MO2KS-❌MO2NE
LOCATE a geocache - GC35HVD
OVERNIGHT in a State Park -

Meramec
State Park
$30.00 - 09/2019

Lake of the Ozarks
State Park
$25.00 - 10/2019

and the National Forest -
🌲

Mark Twain
National Forest


Silver Mines Rec Area
Riverside Campground
$15.00 - 09/2021

VENTURE OUT on a hike or a bike
🔥
ENJOY a nighttime campfire
🌭
DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
⌛️
TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise


NEBRASKA

[NE] The Cornhusker State

State Capital is Lincoln.
Admitted to the Union on
March 1, 1867 as the 37th state.
VisitedLocation
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Chimney Rock National Historic Site
Homestead National Historical Park (2021)
👍👍
MUST TASTE - Anything with Corn
👍👍
MUST TASTE - A Runza Sandwich
Border Crossings - ✅NE2SD-✅NE2IA-❌NE2MO-✅NE2KS-❌NE2CO-❌NE2WY
LOCATE a geocache - GC4BJVT
OVERNIGHT in a State Park -


BEST IN STATE AWARD

Eugene T. Mahoney
State Park


Lakeside Campground
$30.00 - 05/2021

and the 3 National Forests -
Nebraska
National Forest
Oglala
National Grassland
Samuel R. McKelvie
National Forest
VENTURE OUT on a hike
🔥
ENJOY a nighttime campfire
🌭
DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
⌛️
TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise


NORTH DAKOTA

[ND] The Peace Garden State

State Capital is Bismarck.
Admitted to the Union on
November 2, 1889 as the 39th state.
VisitedLocation
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
The Geographical Center of North America in Rugby, ND
MUST TASTE - Knoephla Soup
👍👍
MUST TASTE - Dot's Homestyle Pretzels
👍👍
MUST TASTE - Chokecherry Jelly (Official State Fruit)
Border Crossings - ✅ND2MN - ✅ND2SD - ❌ND2MT
LOCATE a geocache - GC79176
OVERNIGHT in a State Park -


BEST IN STATE AWARDS

Fort Abraham Lincoln
State Park
$17.00 - 06/2021

Cross Ranch
State Park
$25.00 - 06/2021

Fort Ransom State Park


Westside Campground
$25.00 - 07/2021

and the 3 National Grasslands -
Cedar River
National Grassland
Little Missouri
National Grassland
VENTURE OUT on a hike
🔥
ENJOY a nighttime campfire
🌭
DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
⌛️
TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise


OHIO

[OH] The Buckeye State

State Capital is Columbus.
Admitted to the Union on
March 1, 1803 as the 17th state.
VisitedLocation
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument
Perry's Victory and International Peace National Memorial
Tour the Airstream Factory in Jackson Center, OH (2019)
Attend the Alumapalooza Rally in Jackson Center, OH (2021)
CAVE TOUR - Ohio Caverns
CAVE TOUR - Seneca Caverns
MUST TASTE - Tomatoes (Official State Fruit)
👍👍
MUST TASTE - Cincinnati Chili at a Skyline Chili Restaurant
Border Crossings - ❌OH2MI - ✅OH2PA - ✅OH2WV - ✅OH2KY - ✅OH2IN
LOCATE a geocache - GC7DJAP
OVERNIGHT in a State Park -

Barkcamp
State Park
$25.00 - 08/2019

Buck Creek
State Park
$29.00 - 08/2019

and the National Forest -
Wayne
National Forest
🚴🏼‍
VENTURE OUT on a hike or a bike
🔥
ENJOY a nighttime campfire
🌭
DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
⌛️
TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise


SOUTH DAKOTA

[SD] Mount Rushmore State

State Capital is Pierre.
Admitted to the Union on
November 2, 1889 as the 40th state.
VisitedLocation
Wind Cave National Park
Badlands National Park
Jewel Cave National Monument
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial
Visit the town of Deadwood
Visit "The World's Only Corn Palace" in Mitchell, SD
MUST TASTE - Kuchen (Official State Desert)
👍
MUST TASTE - Walleye
Border Crossings - ✅SD2ND-✅SD2MN-✅SD2IA-✅SD2NE-❌SD2WY-❌SD2MT
LOCATE a geocache - GC7281G
OVERNIGHT in a State Park -

Newton Hills
State Park
$26.00 - 06/2021

Indian Creek
Recreation Area
$20.00 - 06/2021

and the 5 National Forests -
Black Hills
National Forest
Buffalo Gap
National Grassland
🌲

Fort Pierre
National Grassland


Richland Dam Rec Area
FREE - 06/2021

Grand River
National Grassland
VENTURE OUT on a hike
🔥
ENJOY a nighttime campfire
🌭
DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
⌛️
TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise


WISCONSIN

[WI] The Badger State

State Capital is Madison.
Admitted to the Union on
May 29, 1848 as the 30th state.
VisitedLocation
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Visit the Natural Bridge State Park
Visit the Witch's Gulch while on the Dells Boat Tour
Visit the Mt. Horeb Trollway
Visit the House on the Rock
CAVE TOUR - Crystal Cave
CAVE TOUR - Cave of the Mounds
👍👍
MUST TASTE - Cheese Curds
👍👍
MUST TASTE - Bratwurst
👍👎
MUST TASTE - Broasted Chicken
MUST TASTE - Kringle while in Racine, WI
Border Crossings - ❌WI2MI - ✅WI2IL - ✅WI2IA - ✅WI2MN
LOCATE a geocache - GC8DHG9
OVERNIGHT in a State Park (NRS) -


MOST BEAUTIFUL IN STATE AWARD


BEST IN STATE AWARD

Devil's Lake State Park


Quartzite Campground
$40.00 - 08/2021

Blue Mound
State Park
$33.00 - 08/2021


and the 2 National Forests -
Chequamegon
National Forest
Nicolet
National Forest
VENTURE OUT on a hike
🔥
ENJOY a nighttime campfire
🌭
DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise

(NRS) = $5 per night Non-Resident Surcharge as of 2020 - $2 Surcharge for FRI-SAT nights