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Arts, culture, and outdoor activities abound in the Midwest.


Chill out at a hockey game
Ice hockey is hot in the Midwest! In addition to pro Nationa lHockey League teams in Chicago, St. Louis, and St. Paul, you can see high-powered games for lower ticket prices. Look for the next stars at an American Hockey League game near you, and top hockey schools such as North Dakota, Nebraska-Omaha, St. Cloud State, Michigan, Bowling Green, Notre Dame, and Minnesota-Duluth. If you become a fan, check out the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minnesota.
See buffalo in the wild
In the Black Hills of South Dakota, visit Custer State Park to see more than 1,300 wild buffalo, as well as pronghorn sheep, deer, prairie dogs, eagles, and more. Take a drive along the Wildlife Loop Road, and visit the Wildlife Station Visitor Center to learn about the park's amazing creatures.
See the home field for the Green Bay Packers
Take a tour of Lambeau Field stadium in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Explore one of the oldest National Football League (NFL) stadiums still in use, and see several behind-the-scenes areas first-hand.
Fly downhill
Skiing and snowboarding aren't the only ways to get down a snowy hill! And you don't have to take lessons or have special gear to go snow tubing. Gather some friends and find a location near you.
Treat yourself to a special dance performance
See a contemporary masterpiece like Wild Sweet Love in Cincinnati or a classic like Othello put on by the Hamburg Ballet in Chicago. Find a performance near you.
Immerse yourself in world-class art
Since 1879, the Art Institute of Chicago has housed world-class art. From Vincent Van Gogh to Jackson Pollack, the museum offers a stunning range of styles and mediums. Don't miss the current exhibition The New Contemporary, featuring the work of artists such as Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns.
Capture a stunning view in Iowa
Bring your camera - Pikes Peak State Park is the most photographed site in the state of Iowa. Soak up the awesome bluff-top views over the meeting place of two great rivers - the Mississippi and the Wisconsin. Walk the boardwalk to Bridal Veil Falls.
Shop fresh and local
Even when it's cold and snowy you can find some of the best local fresh foods at your nearby farmers market. Use this handy tool to search state and city and find a winter market near you.
Learn about Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois
There's a lot more to this American legend than the fact that he wore a really tall hat - and Springfield is the place to discover it. Check out Lincoln's home, the Old State Capitol (site of Lincoln's famous House Divided speech). At the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, don't miss the replica of the one-room cabin Lincoln shared with 10 family members in his childhood.

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See St. Louis from the top of the Gateway Arch
Take a 630-foot ride to the top of this world-famous stainless steel monument for the finest view in the Gateway City. You can also hop aboard a 19th-century paddle-wheel boat replica for a narrated cruise down the mighty Mississippi River.
Take a free tour of Chicago
The Chicago Greeter Service, operated through the city’s tourism office, matches you with a friendly, knowledgeable local for an insider’s introduction to Chicago. You can explore almost any interest, from art to history to food – all for free!
Rock out in Cleveland
This Ohio city has Elvis’ Cadillac, Michael Jackson’s glove, John Lennon’s colorful Sgt. Pepper uniform, and more of the best memorabilia in one place: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Appreciate art in Ann Arbor, Michigan
This charming city is artistic year-round, but every July it fills up with half a million arts and crafts lovers attending the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Visitors are treated to paintings, pottery, photography, sculpture, and more, along with live music and specialty foods.
Visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Auto racing is a popular American sport, and the 2.5-mile oval speedway in Indiana is our most famous racetrack, home to the Indy 500 race. Learn more about the history of the sport at the track’s Hall of Fame Museum.
Discover the Great Lakes, America’s “Third Coast”

Take advantage of the Great Lakes’ 11,000 miles of coastline, ideal for kayaking, boating, fishing, and swimming. One popular spot, Sleeping Bear Dunes at National Lakeshore, features miles of sandy beach and towering bluffs that rise 450 feet above Lake Michigan.

Make a splash in Wisconsin
The area known as the Wisconsin Dells is home to the greatest concentration of splash pools in the country. Now a land-based alternative has arrived – Heightened Adventures, an aerial park with six acres of woodlands, and an obstacle course with zip lines, high ropes, and suspended planks in four different routes from 10 to 45 feet off the ground. Try it if you dare!
Explore Badlands National Park
See the fascinating canyons, spires, and buttes of this famous South Dakota park, home to one of the world’s richest fossil beds. The park’s 244,000 acres also protect a large area of mixed-grass prairie where you can see bison, bighorn sheep, and prairie dogs.
View pop art in Minnesota
The “International Pop” exhibit at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis traces the global emergence of pop art from the 1950s through the early 1970s. Next to the museum is the 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Museum admission is free every Thursday evening and the first Saturday of each month.
Volunteer in your local community
Whether you prefer to walk the dogs at an animal shelter, serve food at a soup kitchen, or plant a tree with a conservation group, there are many ways to volunteer in your local community. You’ll find plenty of other opportunities at or Be sure to tag #cieegivingback when you post your photos!

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