Great Lakes/North Woods
The Great Lakes/North Woods region is famous for its hunting and fishing, thick and mysterious forests, and Indian lore. Camp or lodge on the shore of Gitchigumi and fantasize of Hiawatha. Search for the sunken ships that litter the bottoms of these great lakes. Take slow, relaxed horse rides on Mackinaw Island, where no automobiles are permitted. Miss the traffic tie-ups and see Chicago – from the lake! Put in at Put-In-Bay.
International Falls, Kabetogama, Ash River, and Crane Lake, MN
Nearly 200 years ago, voyageurs paddled birch bark canoes full of animal pelts and trade goods through this area on their way to Lake Athabaska, Canada. Today, people explore the park by houseboat, motorboat, canoe, and kayak. Voyageurs is a water-based park where you must leave your car and take to the water to fully experience the lakes, islands, and shorelines of the park.
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site Williston, ND
Fort Union Trading Post was the most important fur trading post on the upper Missouri from 1828 to 1867. At this post, the Assiniboine, Crow, Cree, Ojibway, Blackfeet, Hidatsa, and other tribes traded buffalo robes and other furs for trade goods such as beads, guns, blankets, knives, cookware, and cloth.
Missouri National Recreational River Yankton, SD
The Missouri has a history like no other river. Explore the great waterway of American Indians, fur trappers, Lewis and Clark, and many others. Experience the dynamic character of the river’s ever-changing nature. View the natural beauty of the “rec river” along 100 miles of the Nebraska-South Dakota border. Listen for the eerie screech of the majestic bald eagle or the splash of a trophy fish.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Lake Superior, WI
Along windswept beaches and cliffs, visitors experience a place where water meets land and sky, culture meets culture, and past meets present. The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources. Lighthouses shine over Lake Superior and the new wilderness areas. Visitors can hike, paddle, sail, or cruise to experience these Jewels of Lake Superior.
Effigy Mounds National Monument Harpers Ferry, IA
An “Effigy Mound” American Indian culture developed over 1,000 years ago placing thousands of earthen mounds across the landscape of what (today) includes parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. Over 200 mounds are preserved intact within the Monument; 31 are effigies in the shape of bears and birds – commemorating the passing of loved ones and the sacred beliefs of these ancient peoples…
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area Waterloo, IA
Northeast Iowa is a patchwork quilt of stories that describe the personality of the landscape, richness of the soil, and history of farming. Silos & Smokestacks ties this colorful agricultural heritage together. No other region in America shares our rich agricultural legacy. Dairy farms, museums, vineyards, and tractor assembly tours await your visit.
Motor Cities National Heritage Area Detroit, MI
If you are interested in automotive history, then MotorCities National Heritage Area is the place to be. Tour the factory where Henry Ford created and built the Model T. Learn the stories behind the creation of General Motors and Daimler-Chrysler. Come with us and learn about the long and sometimes tenuous relationship between Labor and Industry while experiencing southeast Michigan.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site Springfield, IL
Lincoln was a husband, father, and neighbor, who experienced the same hopes, dreams, and challenges of life still experienced by people today. Many of Lincoln’s social and political beliefs were formed while he lived in the house at Eighth and Jackson Streets. Lincoln’s belief in freedom and democracy, his eloquence, and the support of family and community propelled him to the White House in 1861.