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U.S. Road Trips: The Midwest

U.S. Road Trips: The Midwest
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Pack up and hit the highway with this list of weekend road trip destinations in the midwestern United States. Are we there yet?

Jump to: Michigan | Minnesota | Wisconsin


 Honor & Folly

Photo courtesy of Honor & Folly.

Head to Detroit if you're in the mood for crumbling architecture, local chatter, driving adventures, eerie sprawls of emptiness, mom and pop everything, a feeling of re-emergence. This place is truly mysterious.
Route to take: It all starts at Honor and Folly, a two-room B&B located above the city's best BBQ joint, Slow's.
Good to know: Leave your pretensions at home — this city has none of them. Don't miss Eastern Market, Astro Coffee, the abandoned zoo on Belle Isle, D'Mongos, and Russell Street Deli.



Summers on the lake. Photo by Patrick Bradbury.

Head to Crane Lake

If you are in the mood for Lake Wobegon vibes. In the northern reaches of Minnesota there's a log cabin resort where the families are friendly, the fish are plentiful, and the Thursday night smorgasbord is not to be missed. Generations of vacationers keep coming to Nelson's Resort in particular. They come for the welcoming warmth of a family-owned retreat that turns guests into friends.
Route to take: It's a 250-ish-mile drive straight north of Minneapolis (get onto County Road 424). Crane Lake is located at the entrance to the Voyageurs National Park, America's only water-oriented park, and is just a few miles from the western entrance to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, America's greatest canoe country.
Read more on Fathom: Vintage Summer on Crane Lake



Photo courtesy of Camp Wandawega.

Head to Elkhorn if you're in the mood for a perfectly executed summer camp retreat. Book at Camp Wandawega (tents, canoes, treehouses, jigsaw puzzles, lake swimming).
Route to take: Practice camp songs during the drive, which is 90 miles from Chicago.
Good to know:
Read more on Fathom: Love Letter to Camp Wandawega

Head to Milwaukee if you're in the mood for art museums, outdoor markets, and an old-fashioned fish fry.
Route to take: Make Captain Rusty's Friday fish fry at Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden.
Good to know: Sleep in at the Ironhorse Hotel before brunch at Honeypie and a lap around the Milwaukee Art Museum.


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Special thanks to contributors Emily Fiffer, Lawrence LaRose, Elise Loehnen, Courtney Maum, Warren Bradbury.


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