BUCKET LIST - MIDWEST

12 STATES - 59 nights



ILLINOIS

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 23 World Heritage Sites in the U.S.)
MUST TASTE - Deep Dish Pizza
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OVERNIGHT in a State Park -
Eldon Hazlet
State Park
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VENTURE OUT on a hike or a bike
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ENJOY a nighttime campfire
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DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
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INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
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TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise


INDIANA

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
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MUST TASTE - Ski Soda - lemon/orange flavored drink
MUST TASTE - Sugar Cream Pie
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OVERNIGHT in a State Park -
Spring Mill
State Park
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VENTURE OUT on a hike or a bike
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ENJOY a nighttime campfire
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DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
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INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
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TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise


IOWA

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
MUST TASTE - Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
LOCATE a geocache
OVERNIGHT in a State Park
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


KANSAS

The Sunflower State

State Capital is Topeka.
Admitted to the Union on
January 29, 1861 as the 34th state.
VisitedLocation
MUST TASTE - Cinnamon Rolls
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OVERNIGHT in a State Park
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


MICHIGAN

The Great Lake(s) 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 - Green River
MUST TASTE - Faygo
MUST TASTE - Boston Cooler
MUST TASTE - The Pasty
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OVERNIGHT in a State Park
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


MINNESOTA

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
Grand Portage National Monument
North Shore Scenic Drive [All American Road]
Northernmost point on the United States mainland (Lake in the Woods)
MUST TASTE - The Juicy Lucy Burger
LOCATE a geocache
OVERNIGHT in a State Park
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


MISSOURI

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
George Washington Carver National Monument
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
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MUST TASTE - Toasted Ravioli in St. Louis
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MUST TASTE - Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis
MUST TASTE - Kansas City Style Ribs
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OVERNIGHT in a State Park -
Meramec
State Park
Lake of the Ozarks
State Park
VENTURE OUT on a hike or a bike
🔥
ENJOY a nighttime campfire
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DINE OUTDOORS - enjoy a meal outdoors
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INTRODUCE ourselves to a campground neighbor
⌛️
TAKE TIME to enjoy a sunrise/sunset/moonrise


NEBRASKA

The Cornhusker State

State Capital is Lincoln.
Admitted to the Union on
March 1, 1867 as the 37th state.
VisitedLocation
Explore the Chimney Rock
Homestead National Monument
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
MUST TASTE - Anything with Corn
LOCATE a geocache
OVERNIGHT in a State Park
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


NORTH DAKOTA

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
MUST TASTE - Knoephla
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OVERNIGHT in a State Park
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


OHIO

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
CAVE TOUR - Ohio Caverns
CAVE TOUR - Seneca Caverns
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MUST TASTE - Cincinnati Chili at a Skyline Chili Restaurant
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OVERNIGHT in a State Park -
Barkcamp
State Park
Buck Creek
State Park
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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

The 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
MUST TASTE - Kuchen
LOCATE a geocache
OVERNIGHT in a State Park
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


WISCONSIN

The Badger State

State Capital is Madison.
Admitted to the Union on
May 29, 1848 as the 30th state.
VisitedLocation
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
MUST TASTE - Bratwurst
LOCATE a geocache
OVERNIGHT in a State Park
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