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When you're in Cedar Rapids, you can take a refreshing walk among the city buildings and lakeside scenery of Cedar Lake. Let your palate experience the regional flavors of the Taste of Cedar Rapids festival, or take a break at Marion's Swamp Fox Festival. Follow the Cedar Rapids Trail through nearby Hiawatha. Absorb the sights and sounds of Iowa City's cityscape, a short drive to the south. Venture into Dyersville for a daytrip to find your Field of Dreams. Enhance your cultural awareness at Indian Creek Nature Center, Amana Colonies or the National Czech and Slovak Museum. Get your heart racing at Hawkeye Downs Speedway or onboard the Belle of Sioux City Riverboat Casino. Let the kids run wild at Adventureland theme park or the Iowa Children's Water Festival. Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area provides for fun outdoor excursions throughout the year, tucked comfortably into Iowa's rich and beautiful landscape.
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Great restaurants, bluesy music and arts festivals, and a ton of recreational, shopping and historical daytrips will satisfy your every mood when you're in the area of Columbia. State parks and historic sites let you slip away into the past to experience the inspiration of Mark Twain's Hannibal, the tranquility of the Ozarks or a showstopper at one of the entertainment venues in Branson. Whatever amusements you seek, you'll never run out of things to see and do in Columbia. From museums to galleries to theater… botanical gardens to nature trails to zoos… hiking to camping to professional sporting events… to antique shopping and bargain hunting at regional malls. Catch the energetic city spirit with a night out on the town. Listen as a jazz band sway your mood. And learn, or re-learn, a thing or two at one of the local colleges or universities. Columbia's sights and sounds are all here waiting for you, in a welcoming climate.
Originally established as a farming community, the setting of the town of Creve Coeur on the outskirts of downtown St. Louis lends itself to pleasant scenery - despite the poignant legend behind its name that, in French, means "broken heart." As the tale has been handed down, an Indian princess who fell into unrequited love leapt from a ridge that overlooked Creve Coeur Lake, which then became shaped in the form of a broken heart. Today, the area is animated with the lively activity of recreational parks, office complexes and neighborhoods. St. Louis offers its own history and attractions that consist of the Gateway Arch, art museums, fine dining establishments, festivals and sports. There is also a local zoo for kids of all ages to enjoy, along with nearby Six Flags theme park. Music and theater performances, as well as comedy clubs, are also a feature of St. Louis nightlife. And, if you want to improve upon your education, sign up for a few classes at the area's universities and colleges. The region holds so much to explore and experience that you won't know where to begin… but its charm is sure to fill your heart with happy memories.
Poised on the eastern borderline of North Dakota, Fargo's proximity to Moorhead, Minnesota makes for an interesting cross-state wide metropolitan region. Each city brings its own individual history to its modern way of life… yet they are tied to each other culturally, as well as geographically, in this prairie land of the Red River Valley. The two areas share a Chamber of Commerce, as well as theaters and performing groups, sports organizations and museums. City zoos and annual festivals add to the community spirit here. A mix of colleges and universities are also available to incite your thirst for knowledge, just as historic sites and national parks will inspire your imagination and sense of adventure to discover the tales that this frontier territory holds. Bike trails, parks, day spas, restaurants and shopping complexes will keep your mind and body appropriately occupied throughout the year, under changing seasonal skies.
Bordering Minnesota in the Red River Valley area, you'll find Grand Forks to be a comfortable Midwestern city with prairie scenery that quietly transforms itself from season to season by distinct temperatures. Throughout the year, you'll find several opportunities for individual and family pastimes. For lakeside activities, you might take a weekend excursion to Devil's Lake, and can enjoy boating or fishing. Or, stay in Grand Forks to explore the stores in its new shopping mall, Grand Forks Marketplace. The mountains aren't too far away, either, if you're in the mood to snow ski. And North Dakota's semi-professional team games will keep enthusiastic sports fans adequately occupied, as well. Museums, festivals, zoos and other recreational activities are within close driving distance, in areas such as Fargo-Moorhead where you can also enjoy an active nightlife, thanks in part to the region's local universities and colleges whose students keep the evening hours stirring.
The pastoral beauty of scenic farm country combined with suburban conveniences - it's all part of what makes living in Grand Island so easy. Modern shopping complexes include Conestoga Mall, but, if you're looking for an antique accessory to coordinate with a family heirloom, you may, instead, find it at one of the antique shops in historic Haymarket. Festivals featuring national music acts will keep you entertained throughout the year, along with Nebraska's Big Rodeo, organized sporting events, wildlife excursions and outdoor activities, such as camping or daytrips to area zoos and arboretums. After you've experienced the museums and other historical and cultural sites in Grand Island, head for Nebraska's state capital - Lincoln. There, you'll find more unique fine arts, history and annual amusements to suite your tastes. Colleges and universities in the region provide myriad educational opportunities, including their own art collections and recreational activities.
For a few months in 1869's "Old West, "Wild Bill" Hickok served as sheriff here… and, later, the town became a temporary home for Calamity Jane and "Buffalo Bill" Cody. These figures represent just one era in the development of Hays' diverse history. Today, the region supports local university campuses, and provides easy access to other areas of the state, such as Kansas City - the state capital - or Wichita. Festivals and fairs take place all around the state all year long, and opportunities for outdoor activities abound - from hiking and camping, to hunting and fishing, to golf and tennis, and more. Those who prefer indoor activities and non-participation sports might enjoy in-town theater performances, or a Kansas City Chiefs or Royals game. Kids can go on an educational adventure at the state's zoos, botanical gardens and museums. And, you'll find kids of all ages on the thrill rides at Worlds of Fun theme park, or catching a glimpse into Europe's medieval history at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Whatever activities you most enjoy, you'll most likely find them in Kansas.
Goin' to Kansas City? If so, you'll get to see how western heritage and a progressive attitude meet in this culturally diverse municipality. Featuring the best of city living, you'll experience top-notch music, dance and theater performances, historic sites, festivals and fairs, and outdoor recreational activities to keep you rested and relaxed during each temperate season. Devotees will want to catch a professional sports game, or you might prefer to hit the local area shopping centers and outlet malls for some bargains. Take a daytrip to the historic town of Liberty, where you can wander through the shops in Liberty Square. Advance your education at one of the region's college or university campuses - or stop into an art or history museum to study something new or old. Take a break for "tee time" at a local golf course… or hit the trails for a weekend hiking or camping excursion. In the evenings, when you're out on the town, you'll get into the city's vibe that's pulsing throughout its energetic restaurants and bars.
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Mountain biking, snow tubing or skiing on Mount Kato. Historic and arts festivals for every season. Shopping at Madison East Center or River Hills Mall. Professional sporting events, theater performances and galleries. The city of Mankato has all of these and more. Area parks offer plenty of space for outdoor recreation, and community spirit is alive and active in music, art and dance. The Twin Cities' metropolis of St. Paul and Minneapolis is just about an hour's drive to the northeast - where you can visit the super-sized Mall of America and, when you're not shopping, take a break on the thrill rides of Camp Snoopy. If you're still looking for something to do after all of that, try the Como Park or Minnesota Zoos… or Great Lakes Aquarium. Minnesota is filled with family entertainment zones, history and diverse cultural events that will keep you busy year-round. And, Mankato's comfortable neighborhoods provide just the right atmosphere to support an agreeable, balanced living and working environment.
What's going on in Minneapolis? Anything and everything you might imagine. This sprawling big city presents the excitement of metropolitan living with hometown Midwestern culture. Its diversity is apparent not only in the cityscape's mix of skyscrapers and green spaces, but neighborhoods that range from trendy to urban to sophisticated. Golf courses and parks abound for leisure activities… as well as the super-huge Mall of America, which houses Camp Snoopy family fun rides, live musical performances, bowling, movie theaters and restaurants, amidst tons of mall shops. The city also hosts festivals throughout every season, along with professional sporting events and theatrical performances, from ballet to opera to comedy to symphony to drama. The state's universities and colleges are well represented here, as well, and additional amusements aren't far away at area theme parks, zoos, aquariums, historical sites, music venues and more.
America's Heartland, wrapped up in big-city style. Omaha features fine arts and historical museums, professional theater productions and sports, and an active nightlife year-round in pleasant - , sometimes rainy - seasonal temperatures. Consistently ranked on several lists as one of the best places to work, live and raise a family in the US, Omaha prides itself on its healthy community spirit and involvement. Recreation runs the gamut in the city's parks from bike trails, to swimming, camping, tennis and golf. Place a bet on your favorite Greyhound at Bluff's Run Casino and racing track, along the riverfront. Watch poetry in motion at the annual Shakespeare on the Green festival. Enjoy the regional flavors on display at Taste of Omaha, music and film festivals. Invest in your education at a local or state university or college. Catch up on your shopping at Southroads Mall. Omaha has everything you could want out of city and suburban living, and more.
History and nature's beauty abound in Sioux City, situated just on the outskirts of Nebraska and South Dakota's state borderlines in the tri-state area known as Siouxland, where the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers meet. Learn about the history of riverboats at Sergeant Floyd Riverboat Museum, or try your hand at gambling while onboard the Belle of Sioux City Riverboat Casino. Hike along the Lewis and Clark Trail to rediscover the local heritage that remains prevalent in Iowa's landscape and communities. Go on a shopping spree at Southern Hills Mall, or spend the day teeing off at one of Siouxland's many golf courses. Catch a professional football, baseball or hockey game and root for Sioux City's home teams. Or, take off on an adventure in any direction… to explore the historic sites and monuments that are part of the region's inherent Midwestern pride and strength. From the fine arts, to handmade crafts, to fine dining, to hometown eateries… Sioux City will keep you coming back for more of its heartland individuality.
When you think of the Old West, think of Sioux Falls. Here in Siouxland, near the state borderlines of Minnesota and Iowa, there is a wagonload of local history, folklore and culture - from Rosebud Sioux Tribe to Custer State Park to the Lewis and Clark Trail. Throughout the year's seasonal temperatures, outdoor activities are the norm, ranging from river rafting to hiking along forested trails to participating in an abundance of fairs and festivals, and more. Fine arts events include the cool sounds of Sioux Falls' annual JazzFest, as well as symphony and dance theater performances. South Dakota's landmarks, museums and celebrated monuments are all reflective of what makes the state's legendary landscape so remarkable. To create your own modern-day memories, visit the Great Plains Zoo or one of the area's amusement and theme parks, or catch the energy and spirit of a hometown professional sports game. Let Sioux Falls' historic West send your imagination on an adventure of discovery.
If you enjoy participating in lake activities, camping and hiking, then Springfield's plateau location amidst the Lake of the Ozarks is for you. Whether you prefer a home-style meal at one of the area's 400 restaurants, or a night out on the town seeking out the exciting shows in Branson, or a wild trip to Dickerson Park Zoo, you'll find ample opportunities to engage in the activities here. Mild seasonal temperatures with occasionally surprising weather patterns make for interesting living throughout the year. And, you won't want to miss the festivities at annual fairs and events… or the history lessons to be learned at the museums around town. Fine arts and theater performances are also part of the city's cultural scene, and there are sports teams you'll want to root for, as well as colleges and universities where you can increase your depth of knowledge. And, don't forget the daytrips to outlying cities and towns where you can get your fill of shopping, entertainment and recreation.
West Des Moines, Iowa, is located at the crossroads of interstates 35 and 80 and is just west of downtown Des Moines – Iowa’s capital city! In this active metro area, residents and visitors alike are treated to downtown’s traffic-less Skywalks that wind through 30 city blocks – about 2.8 miles – connecting the metropolis’ buildings with shopping niches and hotels along the way. Low and high arts organizations are prevalent here, as well, featuring symphonies, dance troupes and opera, along with multicultural fairs and festivals, historic sites and museums. An Aquarium Center, Blank Park Zoo and professional sports teams round out the available entertainment events in the area, as do theme parks and casinos in the surrounding region. College and university campuses are scattered throughout the city and suburbs, and in the area of business, Des Moines carries the distinction of being the third-largest insurance center in the world.
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In Wichita, Kansas' largest city, you'll find the Old West's "cowtown" simplicity set against historic buildings and a modern city skyline. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the temperate year-round climate that allows for participation in a number of outdoor activities, from golf to greyhound racing, to botanical gardens and zoos, to professional sports and shopping excursions at area malls. Wichita's public transit system makes getting around town easy… or, you might opt for a slower city pace and take a daytrip to drop in on the small-town style of Chanute. Or go a little further out of town to get a taste of life in the state capital, Topeka. There are a number of institutions of higher learning in the region to keep up with your educational needs, or, you can take a day off and let the hours slip away as you're whisked away on the thrill rides at Worlds of Fun theme park. Whether young or old, and every age in between, Wichita offers a culture of diverse metropolitan living for all.
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