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Old 03-27-2007, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Hi everybody,

I'm a graduating student from NC and have never been to the midwest. I'm visiting a buddy in Chicago and am thinking of seeing another few places within the remaining 7-day window I have.

So far, it seems that Madison is a nice place to visit. Are the recommended cities posted previously ie. Columbus, Indianapolis, St. Paul, Ann Arbor, Cleveland still "valid" for a tourist like me? Besides Chicago, which 3 other midwest cities should not be missed?

I'll be in town for about 2 days' each and enjoy culture, architecture, alfreco dining, scenery of lakes/mountains. This is going to be a road trip.

Thanks!

Larry
Minneapolis is about 6 hrs away from Chicago. I would definitely recommend visiting there. Ther are lots of lakes around there. There are no real mountains anywhere near Chicago. Honestly, I don't really see the point in going to several different college towns. Do either Ann Arbor, Madison, or Columbus. Skip Indianapolis unless you like racing.
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Old 03-28-2007, 06:37 AM
 
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Thanks M Type and Steve,
Checked out the places you mentioned and they all look great! I have a happy headache of too many choices now. Will be coming up in the third week of April. THanks again!



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When are you coming out? In summer Id recommend checking out the quaint villages of Door County, WI and Michigans UP. If in the UP, check out all the waterfalls and scenery. The Porcupine Mountains are beautiful as is Mackinac Island. For cities, Madison is quite nice, as is Minneapolis and areas of Milwaukee. Louisville has some charm as well as Cincinnati.
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Old 03-28-2007, 06:40 AM
 
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Hmm, good point. Heard a lot of good stuff about the twin cities. Will try to work something out in the itinerary. Thanks Pittnurse!


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Minneapolis is about 6 hrs away from Chicago. I would definitely recommend visiting there. Ther are lots of lakes around there. There are no real mountains anywhere near Chicago. Honestly, I don't really see the point in going to several different college towns. Do either Ann Arbor, Madison, or Columbus. Skip Indianapolis unless you like racing.
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Wi for the summer--Vegas in the winter
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Madison Wi., and the Twin Cities are probably the finest two places in the Midwest. Milwaukee has potential--but needs effective city leadership in a real bad way. Chicago traffic is terrible. Having also been to Detroit-my god, I didn't realize a city that horrendous actually exsisted in the U.S. The metro area from Oshkosh Wi to Green Bay is nice, and ranked highly, but is very conservative. As far as a smaller city is concerned, La Crosse Wi, is fantastic.
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Old 04-25-2007, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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If anyone is familiar with Cleveland, I'm looking for a community similar to Cleveland Heights or Lakewood--older, inner ring suburbs, affordable, middle class, diverse communities.
Seriously for living in the midwest, Columbus, great library/education system, 12 colleges/universities, the youngest city in the country (not counting college students) are Dallas, lots of young professionals, CLEAN/gentifrified HIP urban neighborhoods, a great dinning scene (now the best in Ohio), and you can actaully get a nice place for less than a coastal city (but cost of living in Columbus is higher than other midwestern cities) simply because there's more of a demand to live there. Good/growing art/fashion/alternative music scene in columbus too

Cleveland is great to visit for art,but almost all innercity neigborhoods are a mess, there are some good urban suburbs though, but that's ifyou want that.

Columbus is not a university town though, its a city and gaining to be now the largest metro in the state. Madison, Ann Arbor are college oriented, if you want that GO THERE. Not columbus, it is a city, with OSU as almost it's own urban city, but i see that as a good thing. If you like to club columbus is good, if your in Ohio go to columbus, but realize that the cities downtown is not where "everything" happens, its the neighborhoods right outside of downtown (shortnorth, germanvillage, university district), northern downtown, and areas further out. If you do go you must go to the wexner center for the arts on the OSU campus.
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Old 04-25-2007, 04:37 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I can't believe nobody brought St. Louis up!!!! St. Louis is the Gateway to the West, the meeting of four great rivers, the Meramec, the Missouri, Mississippi, and the Illinois. the king of Budweiser, the best damn sports town in the Midwest, one of the best zoos in the U.S., some of the greatest food in the U.S.! Forest Park is the site of the 1904 World's Fair. You can take riverboat trips up the Mississippi, visit Ulysses S. Grant's farm in the southern suburbs, visit General Sherman's grave in calvary cemetery in St. Louis' northern suburbs, visit the Lewis and Clark museum and the Lovejoy site in Alton, IL, go to Six Flags, visit Lincoln's cabin in Springfield, Illinois just an hour north of St. Louis, get away for a weekend in Pier Marquette along the Mississippi in Illinois just northwest of St. Louis, visit Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal Missouri, an hour northwest, hang out at The Galleria mall, take a tour through Anheuser Busch, visit Clarksville, MO within an hour of St. Louis, the Metrolink makes getting around easy. Plus the St. Louis suburbs have some of the best educations systems in the country, and we are also home to Washington University and ST. Louis University. You can visit Union Station, go up and look at the city through the Gateway Arch, visit the St. Louis Science Center, visit Meramec Caverns in nearby Stanton, MO and the beginnings of the Ozark Mountains where Jesse James hid out (very interesting stuff Springfield, IL is right in our backyard practically if you want to see Lincoln's cabin. St. Louis is just 4 and a half hours from Chicago, 9 from Minneapolis, 9 from New Orleans, 5 from Cincinnati, 8 and a half from Cleveland, 6 from Detroit, 6 from Columbus, 5 and a half from Milwaukee, 3 and a half hours from Indianapolis, 3 and a half hours from Kansas City...4 hours from Memphis, 4 hours from Louisville, 4 hours from Nashville, 6 hours from Tulsa, 8 and a half from Atlanta. Basically, any region or any city or part of the country you want to go to, from St. Louis it's not that far of a drive away unless you are trying to get to the east or west coast then it's over a day. Milwaukee, Columbus, and Indy have nothing on St. Louis, nor does KC IMO. St. Louis as a metro area is the fourth largest city in the Midwest along with Cleveland, and twice as big as every other major Midwestern area smaller than it. And I've found St. Louis it to be quite similar to Cleveland, the only difference is we are a little further south you can see the land on the other side of our coastline (the Mississippi) LOL. St. Louis is the closest thing to Cleveland I think in the Midwest if not even better. St. Louis is my hometown and one of the best cities IMO in the Midwest. More to do here than just about any other Midwestern city. Our nightlife is fantastic. Downtown and Midtown St. Louis have plenty of clubs and restaurants and Little Italy and The Hill both have some of the best Italian food you'll find in the Midwest. I also strongly recommend checking out Downtown Clayton, the suburban downtown of St. Louis...it is almost as big as Downtown St. Louis itself and has plenty of clubs and restaurants to hang out at. The Central West End has classic dining like Culpepper's, Llewellyn's, and you'll also get the chance to try our famous ravioli, gooey butter cake, pizza, and barbecue. Also, our riverboat casinos are definitely worth checking out. Finally, the last thing I'll say is that if you come here in the winter take the ferry across the Mississippi into Illinois near where the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers meet...there you can spot bald eagles nesting from a distance (you can also see where the Illinois flows into the Mississippi). I'd say the only thing St. Louis does not have is as much to do as Chicago or Chicago's bigness, plus the weather here is crazy...ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN HERE. We get blazing hot summers and freezing cold winters and the temperature can drop 20 degrees one day and be back to where it was the next day. other than that, YOU MUST COME TO ST. LOUIS!!!! IF ANY CITY IS WORTH VISITING IN THE MIDWEST BESIDES CHICAGO, IT IS ST. LOUIS!!!!

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Old 04-26-2007, 10:32 AM
 
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Chicago hands down, king of the midwest.

I have actually never been to Pittsburgh, I've heard it's one of the grittiest midwestern cities after detroit and gary, IN
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Old 04-26-2007, 10:52 AM
 
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Chicago hands down, king of the midwest.

I have actually never been to Pittsburgh, I've heard it's one of the grittiest midwestern cities after detroit and gary, IN
I am not from Pittsburgh, but I visited there for the first time 2 years ago. First of all, it's in PA, not in the midwest.

The city is beautiful. The steel mills are long gone. Downtown is vibrant, with lots of architectural charm, there are great ethnic neighborhoods all over town, there are beautiful old neighborhoods right in the city. Publci transportation seemed good, with a rail system connecting the southern burbs. There are several colleges and universities in town. Some publication (can't remember which) recomended it as the best big city for retirement (belive it or not) in the US, due to low cost of living, excellent transportation, relatively low crime rate and access to top notch health care services.

I was very impressed with "the burgh", as they called it!
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Old 04-26-2007, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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But I grew up near Lake Erie and if at all possible want to be near one of the Great Lakes.
I hear ya. Lake Erie is still the thing I miss most about living on the North Coast.

Milwaukee has a lot going for it, and has those inner-ring 'burbs you mentioned. It seems like the city has a festival about every weekend in the summer; when I visit friends there, our schedule is always packed. And it's directly on the lake -- there are some really nice beaches there. Maybe not as nice as Headlands, but I digress ...

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Although it's not very close to the Lakes, can anyone advise me about Pittsburgh?
You'd have plenty of company driving up I-79 to Lake Erie on the weekends!
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Pittsburgh and Erie are honorary midwestern cities. Pittsburgh is great to visit. However, you have to drive through OHIO to get there from anywhere else in Midwest.
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