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Winter sports day trips

Need to get away for a quick trip but can’t spare the time — or money — for a weekend getaway? Here are a few destinations to get your winter sports on that are only a few hours drive away. Double your vacation as a …

Raue Center for the Arts offers a full slate for 2013

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Find out all the great shows coming up at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake, IL.

Looking for a great pumpkin?

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Why sit around and wait for the Great Pumpkin? Picking your own is all in a day’s fun at these local pumpkin patches. Apple Holler 5006 S. Sylvania Ave.Sturtevant, WI 53177 (847) 886-8500  www.appleholler.com Apple Holler, open year round, has so much to offer beyond …

Six Flags Great America’s Fright Fest is a bone-chilling adventure

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Scaring your children silly has never been easier with the help of Six Flags Great America and the indelible Fright Fest. From Sept. 28 through Oct. 27, this adventure-seekers’ seventh heaven is transformed into a bone-chilling Halloween themed shriek-fest. Before 4 p.m., the park is …

RACINE: Toward fall events

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SEPT. 1 TASTE OF RACINEFESTIVAL PARK, 5 5TH ST. 11 A.M. – 6 P.M. What it is: Enjoy entertainment and food specialties from numerous area restaurants. A benefit for Family Services of Racine. What else you need to know: Visit www.tasteracine.com for more information. SEPT. …

KENOSHA: Get your kicks in the fall

SEPT. 2 BRISTOL RENAISSANCE FAIRE 12550 120TH AVE. 10 A.M. – 7 P.M. What it is: Elizabethan England comes alive with 30-acres of games, rides, crafts, music and characters. Visitors will love the swordfighters, minstrels and jesters. What else you need to know: Admission for adults is …

Fall Fun Guide & Events

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Visit Lake County Lake County has 170 rivers and lakes as well as 30,000 acres of forest preserves to explore. Home to the Genesee Theatre, Ravinia and Lincolnshire Marriot, Lake County also offers live entertainment. Whether it’s soaring down the tallest peak of your favorite …

How to stay healthy on your cruise

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Cruising is one of the most relaxing ways to travel, but like all vacation opportunities, it comes with its share of health risks. Here are some common issues with cruise vacations and how to keep yourself healthy on board.

Alphonse Mucha’s lush Art Nouveau style comes to Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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A Day Trip West, A Journey into the Past: In the cornfields of Iowa, a bounty of Slavic culture and beauty awaits. Chances are you have seen Alphonse Mucha's work without ever knowing who Alphonse Mucha was. His languid beauties, often portrayed with lush crowns of poppies and lilies in flowing hair blowing wild in an invisible wind, are synonymous with the Art Nouveau style their creator is so often credited with inventing.

Fall for Michigan on an autumn escape

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Each autumn when Mother Nature takes her paintbrush to Michigan’s 19.3 million acres of forests the results dazzle, as every country road becomes a leaf-peeping excursion in a fall color palette of crimson, orange, gold and brown. The seasonal show began in mid-September in the …

Three awesome autumn escape routes in Wisconsin

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Are you ready for The Great September to November Mother Nature Fireworks Show? You can do these three Kodachrome-colored drives in a day, but why rush? Stay longer. The Cranberry Highway Wisconsin Rapids (800) 554-4484 Tours: www.visitwisrapids.com/cranhwy Map: www.visitwisrapids.com/media/Cran_HWY.pdf When we think of autumn colors, most often the bight leaves …

Wisconsin’s fabulous fall flavor fests

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Autumn harvest time is the foodie's dream season in Wisconsin. You'll find them sampling and tasting their way through the state. Put on your bib and follow them. Warrens Cranberry Fest Sept. 28-30 (Warrens) Who could resist a Cranberry Whoopie Pie? Yeah. Nobody! Celebrate the 40th anniversary …

Enjoy an extraordinary night’s sleep in Wisconsin

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Tom Bodett reminds us, "Motel Six...will leave the light on for you." That's good to know when you're searching for a place to stay, late at night out on the road. But there's something to be said for choosing lodging in advance, beyond ordinary. Here …

Sky-high air fares coming back down to Earth

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Relief is in sight for travelers who shelved out big bucks this summer to fly: Air fares will drop up to 20 percent beginning in late August as kids head back to school. Fuel costs, airline mergers and fewer flights were to blame for the …

Distinctive buildings, places in Wisconsin

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Milwaukee Art Museum: This incredible, winged art museum looks as if it is ready to fly off over Lake Michigan. The Quadracci Pavilion is the first Calatrava designed building to be completed in the United States. The Burke Brise Soleil, the movable, wing-like sunscreen is comprised of 72 steel fins and rests on top of a glass-enclosed reception hall. It's raised and lowered to control temperature and light in the structure.

7 free museums in Wisconsin

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A trip through a good museum is like a front row seat in the theater of the imagination. Enter to be inspired, surprised, baffled awe-struck, informed, touched and elated. From elegant glass paperweights and huge pipe wrenches to dinosaur teeth and designer toilets, these collections …

Civil War sites in Wisconsin

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The War to Save the Union. The War Between the States. The War of Yankee Aggression. The Recent Unpleasantness. By any name, America's Civil War (1861-1865) left deep wounds in the nation. By the late 1800s, many who fought had passed away. Others were concerned …

North Fork offers wilder side of Glacier National Park

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POLEBRIDGE, Mont. — The Blackfeet Tribe named the greater Glacier National Park ecosystem “the backbone of the world.” Use the park’s remote, northwestern entrance and the bumpy access road will have you feeling like you drove over each vertebra. But you’ll be grateful you made …

Hidden gems among Michigan beaches

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With 3,200 miles of freshwater shoreline, Michigan has a ton of beaches. But not all of them are well-known. Discover some of the hidden gems of southwest, northwest and Upper Peninsula Michigan.

Zip lining: Popular Costa Rican adventure comes to Midwest vacation spots

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Zip lining is gaining momentum as an exciting way to take in nature, including at 12 sites in Michigan. But you don’t have to be a teen or a 20-something to give it a try. Just ask 70-year-old Howard Newkirk of Boyne City, Mich. He and his 66-year-old wife are zip line fanatics.

Travel Michigan: Art show takes Grand Rapids by storm

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- What would happen if you invited artists from around the world to display their work in your city?  The result would be ArtPrize, a 19-day extravaganza that has turned a 3-square-mile area in this central Michigan city into not only a giant contemporary …

Top national parks for families

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Each year, hundreds of millions of people visit the 397 destinations that comprise the country's National Park System. Summer is the ideal time to explore many of these parks, as the kids are out of school and activities in the parks are in full swing. …

Travel Wisconsin: Summer activities throughout the Badger State

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Fill this summer with unforgettable events. Choose a few, try something new, get out of the house and expect a good time. Summer is ahead, and the heat is on. MAY Automotion Festival May 19-20. Wisconsin Dells Noah’s Ark Waterpark 1411 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy. (800) …

Taste your way through Wisconsin

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Knowing the joy of travel includes experiencing the culture and flavor of a place, trying uncommon foods and enjoying them where they’re produced. Not many places can match Wisconsin for quality or variety. Wisconsin’s cheesemakers always bring home bags of awards for their products. Sargento …

7 Madison sites you can't miss

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They say: The best things in life are free. The Madison, Wisc. area does a good job of proving this, with dozens of free attractions, tours and events. Plan a trip packed with free fun, saving your getaway dollars for comfortable lodging and dining in …

Wine-tasting your way around Michigan

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Michigan is one of the great grape-growing states and that means a fantastic place for wineries. Find out some of the better ones in the state’s southwest, northwest and Upper Peninsula regions.