Spread from east to west and north to south, state parks are among Minnesota’s crown jewels. Each year they provide millions of visitors alike with a wide variety of opportunities to learn about the state’s ecosystems, recreate in the outdoors or simply commune with nature. The state park system, which includes 66 parks that range […]

The 300-mile section of Route 66 angling across Illinois lures road-trippers seeking throwback gas stations, Muffler Men and the pleasure of taking their time. At a little park in Joliet, Illinois, you’ll find a selection of delights: a roadside path lined with honeysuckle; stands of red birches, white oaks and ash trees casting shade; the […]