People who think Iowa is flat are in for a surprise when they visit Dubuque, a Mississippi port built on seven hills.
Events to catch: Jan. 20, Bald Eagle Watch.
Details: See Destination Dubuque.
Past fast plans: Fun in Itasca, Tundra swans in Monticello, Cocooning in a cozy cabin, Shopping in Cedarburg, Christmas in Chicago
Crashed Ice World Championship in St. Paul. Red Bull Crashed Ice is returning with the extreme sport of high-speed ice-cross downhill skating from the Cathedral of St. Paul. Jan. 1920.
Art Shanty Projects in Minneapolis. This year, frozen Lake Harriet hosts two dozen artist-designed ice houses and lots of fun art antics. Jan. 2021.
Silver Mine Ski Jumping Championships in Eau Claire, Wis. Watch top skiers from North America and Europe compete at Silver Mine Hill. Jan. 1920.
Hunter Ice Festival in Niles, Mich. This festival in the southwest tip of the state features more than 150 ice sculptures and a competition. Jan. 1921.
For more, see our Events Calendar.
Eagles don't really have lovable personalities. But, man, are they fun to watch.
Those haughty pale eyes, that 6-foot wing span, those wicked talons and the flesh-shredding beak eagles are just plain cool.
Have you ever had enough bacon?
If not, you can get your chance at a rasher of pork parties around the region. At Des Moines' Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival one year, a Nebraska woman put away 2½ pounds in less than five minutes.
If you do only one thing outdoors in winter, do it by candlelight.
is more magical than a forest full of flickering lights. I got hooked
when I skied in Minnesota's Mille Lacs Kathio State
A fat blue moon hung in the sky, sparkling hoarfrost made twigs as nubby as reindeer antlers and more than 400 glowing bags gave the forest a fairy-tale aura.
Old-fashioned winters the kind with a lot of snow are back.
You can whine about it and hide indoors, or you can go out and have fun. Ever thought about cross-country skiing? That's fun.
If you haven't tried the sport, here's how to get started.
It does take a while to get good at it, but it's fun right from the beginning. We like to think of cross-country skiing as an express pass into the loveliest winter landscapes.