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Situated lakeside in northeastern Wisconsin is the town of Appleton, with its quick access to the cities of Green Bay, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac. History, art, festivals and fairs will keep you busy in distinctive, year-round seasonal temperatures. There are many events and getaway locations oriented to families in this region of the state too, including the Wisconsin Dells, water parks, botanical gardens and zoos, and numerous other outdoor events. Universities and colleges are also prevalent here, and local nightlife is active with fine arts performances, restaurants and theaters. Sports teams, such as the Green Bay Packers, keep enthusiastic fans cheering for more. With museums and celebrated sites scattered conveniently throughout the area, you won't be at a loss for something to do any day of the week - Appleton's community offers comfortable living in an environment well suited for individuals of all ages.
Historical, educational and fine arts museums, outdoor recreation venues, colleges and universities are just a few of the amenities you'll discover in comfortable Champaign. Catch a local theater performance. Attend a University of Illinois football game. Win a prize at the county fair. Learn a thing or two about nature at Anita Purves Nature Center. Pick a few apples or pumpkins at Curtis Orchard to make a home-baked pie. Interact with wildlife at Hardy's Reindeer Ranch or Prairie Farm. Take off on a shopping excursion at one of the local malls, such as Market Place. Treat yourself to the classical sounds of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony. Or wile away your hours at an art gallery. All of these hometown experiences await you in this youthful Southern Illinois city.
Theater. Dance. Comedy. Symphony. Sports. They all come together in world-class, cosmopolitan Chicagoland. Teeming with renowned universities, multicultural suburban hometown pride, classic and modern architecture recognized throughout the world, historic sites that link present to past, outstanding performing and fine arts organizations, famous deep-dish pizza, ballparks and stadiums - whatever your interests are, this is your kind of town! Families enjoy road trips to the north in Wisconsin Dells, or spending a thrill-packed day at Six Flags Great America. There are even two zoos in the city to entertain your wild side. Or, spend a day - or a week - downtown, visiting the museums and historic places. Take a walk along the Magnificent Mile for shopping, fine restaurants and the theater. Lake Shore Drive is perfect for a morning jog… and, while you're there, stop in to catch a glimpse of the night sky, as only Adler Planetarium can present it to you. Tour legendary building masterpieces designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Climb your way to the top of the Sears Tower for a soaring view of the cityscape. Ride the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier and take a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan. The breezy, comfortable Midwestern attitude of the region is sure to lure you into its part-prairie, part-big city atmosphere.
Welcome to the capital city of Ohio! Featuring a diversity of cultures, historic districts and an energetic nightlife, Columbus is home to universities, fine arts organizations and comfortable communities. A number of festivals and fairs are presented in every season, incorporating art, history and customs with hometown family fun. Ohio's professional sports teams will keep you cheering throughout the year. Several shopping complexes are in the vicinity, whether you're seeking antiques or modern furnishings, or the latest fashions. Visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for an untamed excursion, set out to discover the surrounding Ohio neighborhoods and city parks… or take a few swings at one of the area's municipal golf courses. And, don't forget to check out the historic German Village and brewery if you're a bit thirsty after a long day of Columbus-area outings.
Here in the Motor City, you won't be able to keep still, whether you're grooving to the tunes of Motown, riding on Detroit's transit system - the People Mover - or taking a walk through Bricktown for a bite to eat at a bistro in one of the turn-of-the-century brick buildings for which the district got its name. When you're not cheering on the Detroit Lions, Tigers or Red Wings, you'll find lots of other things to do in and around the city… from boating and fishing on Lake St. Clair, to exploring Michigan history and culture at Greenfield Village, Frankenmuth or the Chrysler Museum, to participating in the state's fairs and festivals, or relaxing at a theater performance. Detroit's rejuvenated and updated cityscape will keep your downtime occupied downtown and in the surrounding suburbs, where you'll find casinos, the zoo and a number of noted institutions of higher learning. An active social and economic atmosphere is yours in this great city.
Water sports. Bike trails. Golf courses. Ice arenas. Parks. Chippewa Valley is an outdoor lover's paradise - complete with orchards and tree farms, historic attractions and tours, performing arts venues and festivals. With distinct temperatures throughout the year, every season brings new activities to enjoy. Visit the animals at the zoo, let the tunes at the annual Country Jam Fest entertain your ears, or go apple picking to gather the ingredients for a tasty home-baked pie. About an hour's drive to the west, you'll find the big-city accoutrements of Saint Paul, Minnesota. There, you can enjoy theatre arts performances, fine dining restaurants, museums, outlet shopping and the massive Mall of America. In the Chippewa Valley, comfortable suburban living is blended into an attractive environment that everyone can enjoy.
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Elizabethtown's charm will draw you in - just a short drive south of Louisville and southwest of Kentucky's capital, Frankfort. The campuses of many universities and colleges are situated in outlying areas, and the towns also feature fairs and festivals throughout the year, as well as music, dance and theater performances in the region's entertainment venues. In Kentucky, you also must be sure to take part in the annual Run for the Roses at the Kentucky Derby. Family daytrips can also be made to the Louisville Zoo, Kentucky Horse Park and Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. Here, one thing's for sure… individuals of all ages will easily find things to see and do in this beautiful land of bluegrass.
Taking a short drive inland from Michigan's western coastline to the town of Grand Rapids, you'll find a pleasant history and deep neighborhood culture of professional arts and sports, along with hometown community involvement in festivals and fairs, lake activities - boating, canoeing and fishing - and a number of universities and colleges. The region also supports historic museums and villages, shopping at Woodland Mall and Rivertown Crossings, country club golfing, paintball, bowling venues and raceways. The Children's Museum and local zoos keep kids busy with fun educational events, and there are ample opportunities for playtime at area parks, as well. Michigan's state capital, Lansing, is just about an hour's drive east… and the cities of Kalamazoo and Muskegon, which hold their own unique charms, are easily accessible for daytrips, too.
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In the quiet town of Hopkinsville, the county seat of Christian County nestled into Western Kentucky, you'll find an active, homegrown community spirit. Here, a casual pace of life entertains annual festivals and fairs in the area, and supports educational affairs at local institutions of higher learning. If you venture out of town into the Bluegrass Region and beyond, you will experience the splendor of Kentucky's fine arts organizations and museums, zoos and parks, and the renowned Kentucky Derby. Go west toward Bowling Green to visit the underground world of Mammoth Cave National Park. Then take your imagination for a ride at the National Corvette Museum. Wander out of state, and you'll hit the big city music scene of Nashville, TN to the south, about an hour away by car - and, once you're there, you won't want to miss a show at the Grand Ole Opry. Then, head back to Kentucky for Hopkinsville's comfortable country home setting.
Welcome to Indianapolis - the state capital of Indiana - a fresh metropolitan city that combines modern, youthful charisma with historic charm. What will you do first? There is so much going on downtown, you won't know where to start… between dancing the night away at festive Mardi Gras Music Hall, to enjoying fine dining at a classic Indianapolis restaurant such as St. Elmo, to the fast-paced excitement of Raceway Park. Or, get back to nature, wandering through the city's zoo or White River Gardens. Are you into antique shopping? Why not take a shopping break in historic Zionsville Village and its quaint red brick street on the outskirts of the city. You can also further your education at one of the local universities, catch an exhibition at an art museum or cheer on your favorite Indiana sports team. No matter what you choose to do, you'll be entertained by Indianapolis' active cosmopolitan style.
A short drive to the southeast of Kentucky's state capital in Frankfort, you'll find the bustling city of Lexington, in the heart of blue grass country. Among the area's colleges and universities, there are plentiful opportunities to suit any of your educational endeavors. Lexington also holds a world of entertainment in its fine arts organizations, including ballet, symphony and opera. The museums and historic sites that reside in the area include the International Horse Museum, the Lexington Children's Museum and the estate of Henry Clay. And, you'll enjoy Kentucky's landscape as you travel through the region's cities and towns - with its lush greenery and fresh country air. Stop for a taste of wine at a vineyard… or visit Louisville to root for the home baseball team, the Louisville Bats. There are also fairs and festivals throughout the year to suit many interests… from cultural events to arts and crafts to the Kentucky Derby.
Welcome to Wisconsin's capital city - Madison! This vibrant city is alive with colleges and universities, history and cultural museums for all ages, performances at the civic center and other arenas, easy access to outlying areas such as downtown Milwaukee, opportunities for outdoor excursions in the area's seasonal temperatures, and a northern US city spirit. Visit the Capitol Building for a bit of the state history or, head for a brewery in town - or in Milwaukee - for a taste of ale that'll wet your lips. Recreational excursions include biking, golfing, skating and nature trails. Take a field trip to Henry Vilas Zoo or Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Find respite on a weekend trip to Wisconsin Dells. Have a bite or two at one of Madison's eateries. Go on a shopping spree at one of the area shopping centers. Get your heart beating a little faster at the Mad City Marathon. Cheer on Wisconsin's home sports teams. And catch a new flick at the annual film festival. Madison has it all.
To non-natives, Milwaukee is probably best known for its affiliation with beer companies… but that's not all this metropolitan city has to offer. Located along Lake Michigan's coastline, amidst the city's breweries, you will find an array of fishing and boating jaunts to participate in. Or, you might go camping in the regional parks and forests. Join other racing fans at the Milwaukee Mile racetrack. Tempt Lady Luck at the Potawatomi Casino. Tour historical sites and art museums. Attend class at one of Milwaukee's university or college campuses. Take your kids on an educational adventure at Betty Brinn's Children's Museum, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center or the Milwaukee County Zoo. Your family can also create lasting memories at the annual festivals and fairs in the city and outlying areas. Then you can finish off the day with a tour of Miller Brewing Company, and get your fill of… beer. With all there is to see and do around Milwaukee's entertaining cityscape, you'll have fun discovering and exploring the region's unique northern US history.
A pleasant climate and small-town atmosphere are what you'll find in Southern Illinois' Mount Vernon. Surrounded by the area's home-style cultural events, such as the Illinois State Fair, DuQuoin State Fair and several other arts and crafts d festivals throughout the year, you'll be inspired to participate in many events. Visit one of the local wineries, such as GenKota, to discover the tastes and fragrances of the region. Take part in the activities at Rend Lake - you'll want to stay a while to enjoy a camping trip or boating on the lake. There are also golf courses in the area, where you can spend a morning on the green. Or, attend class at the local extension campus of the University of Illinois. Other higher learning institutions are available in the outskirts of town, as well, along with historic locations that offer a glimpse into the past, fine arts museums and the Southern Illinois Raceway.
In Princeton's central, northern Illinois location, you will find easy access to the bustling city of Peoria to the south, the exciting metropolitan Windy City of Chicago to the east and an abundance of quaint small towns with their own historical sites, antiques and cultural activities in all directions. Take a trip along the Illinois River onboard the Spirit of Peoria Riverboat. Tour the covered bridges of Bureau County. Register for classes at a local college. Take in a ballet, opera or symphony performance in Peoria. There are opportunities almost everywhere in the heart of Illinois for everyone to enjoy indoor and outdoor events all around the town of Princeton, year 'round.
Welcome to the capital of Illinois, where can take a trip into the past to discover where Abraham Lincoln lived and worked, or charge forward into the fun rides at Knights Action Park. And, if you prefer the finer things in life, you'll want to take in the city's ballet, symphony, opera and theater company performances. If you want to further your education, just visit the University of Illinois' campus, or other regional colleges. Find out what's playing at the annual Route 66 Film Fest. Try your hand at winning a prize at the Illinois State Fair. And treat yourself to the city's restaurants and shopping districts. There are so many things to do, everyone is sure to find something to enjoy here in Springfield.
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