Midwest

April 26, 2019

Cook County’s Best Kept Secret

One of the largest—and oldest—forest preserve systems in the nation surrounds Chicago like an evergreen wreath.   Hundreds of miles of foot and bike paths are nestled inside the Forest Preserves of Cook County, along with lakes and streams for fishing and boating, meandering disc golf courses, bird sanctuaries, landing strips for model airplanes, horse […]

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March 13, 2019

The Story Behind Indiana’s First National Park

Indiana Dunes National Park

The vast lands of the Midwest host fewer than a dozen national parks. But on February 15, Indiana Dunes officially became the nation’s newest and 61st national park. The designation marks the final chapter of a century-old conservation story that is also the story of Chicago, and a reframing of wild places beyond the traditional […]

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January 31, 2019

A Race Through the Polar Vortex

Ultramarathoners brave the Arrowhead 135 Race

Early on Monday, Jan. 28, temperatures dipped to minus 10 in International Falls, Minnesota. Don Gabrielson, a 52-year-old rear admiral Navy officer who lives in Seattle, prepared for the worst by wrapping duct tape around his balaclava to seal out the bitter cold as he prepared to cycle for 135 miles through the Northern Minnesota […]

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January 11, 2019

10 Top Hikes in Michigan

A multi-colored sunset at Isle Royale National Park.

The diverse landscape, scenic vistas and varied terrain of Michigan's many trail networks give hikers plenty to explore in the Great Lakes State. Whether you are visiting the remote and rugged trails of the Upper Peninsula or looking for a quick outing near the major metro areas, the state has a multitude of hiking trails […]

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November 14, 2018

New Analysis Reveals Top 50 Cities for Access to the Outdoors

St. Paul, Minnesota

As millions of Americans prepare to #OptOutside on Black Friday, a new analysis reveals the top 50 large U.S. cities to #OptOutside based on their park access and proximity to public lands. The Urban Outdoor Access Analysis—conducted by the Trust for Public Land and supported by REI—placed equal weight on the per-capita acreage of public […]

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November 3, 2018

The Best Mountain Bike Rides in Ohio

Ohio boasts an extensive network of mountain bike trails that riders of any level are bound to enjoy. In addition, many of these trails are in mountain-bike-specific areas designed with riders in mind, as well as several biking-only locations where foot traffic isn’t allowed. Here's a range of trail suggestions, whether you’re looking for a […]

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September 28, 2018

How to Peep the Fall Foliage in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

The Tahquamenon River with fall color in Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Newberry Michigan.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is truly a wild place, where wolves, moose and elk roam free in dense forests of aspen, maple and pine. Known by locals as the U.P., the region is bordered by three Great Lakes, and is perhaps best known for its harsh winters. In the fall, however, the forests of the Upper […]

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September 28, 2018

How to Peep the Fall Foliage in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

The Tahquamenon River with fall color in Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Newberry Michigan.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is truly a wild place, where wolves, moose and elk roam free in dense forests of aspen, maple and pine. Known by locals as the U.P., the region is bordered by three Great Lakes, and is perhaps best known for its harsh winters. In the fall, however, the forests of the Upper […]

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September 22, 2018

West Ridge Nature Preserve: A Hidden Oasis at One of Chicago’s Busiest Intersections

There are precious few places in Chicago’s urban sprawl where you can truly lose yourself in green space. West Ridge Nature Preserve is one of them. Where most urban nature lovers have become familiar with large, well-kempt parks like Lincoln and Grant, West Ridge is overgrown and uncultivated. That’s by design. Though the 21-acre park […]

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