On Michigan's Upper Peninsula, along Lake Superior, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park has lavish piles of lovely snow when the rest of the region has been reduced to slush.
What to do: Ski downhill on 42 runs, ski cross-country on 42 kilometers of trails or snowshoe anywhere.
Events to catch: Feb. 29, candlelight ski and snowshoe.
Where to stay: A yurt or the handsome Kaug Wudjoo Lodge on Union Bay.
Details: For more, see White gold in the Porkies.
Past fast plans: Madison for kids, Skiing Minnesota's North Shore, Fun around Ely, Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Tundra swans in Monticello
Grumpy Old Men Festival in Wabasha, Minn. There's always good eagle-viewing in this Mississippi River town, and during the festival, there will be an ice-fishing contest, polar plunge and minnow races. Feb. 2829.
Bald Eagle Appreciation Days in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Birding experts give programs, and volunteers man spotting scopes at the Wisconsin Travel Information Center, just off the bridge into town. There will also be children's activities. Feb. 2829.
Artigras in Green Bay, Wis. This fine arts festival in KI Convention Center includes artist demonstrations, children's activities, dance, jazz and classical music. Feb. 29Mar 1.
International Festival in Madison. Dancers, musicians, storytellers and puppeteers representing traditions from around the world converge on the Overture Center for the Arts on State Street for this free festival. There's also food and a global bazaar. Feb. 29.
For more, see our Events Calendar.
Of all the vacations a person can take in this region, a Circle Tour of Lake Superior may be the best.
It appeals to waterfall watchers, lighthouse fans and history buffs. It's a magnet for kayakers and hikers.
It makes a great honeymoon and also a great family trip, because small children adore frequent stops at the many pebble beaches.
You can do it in a car or a motorcycle; you can camp or stay in motels. Its all things to all people, the perfect vacation for anyone who loves the outdoors.
In the northeast Iowa town of Decorah, two pairs of nesting bald eagles have become an international phenomenon.
Not only do they have a constant stream of live video, but avid watchers are snatching the best episodes capturing the many dramas that go on in and around the nest and posting them on Youtube for everyone to enjoy.
The Raptor Resource Project has dubbed them Nestflix and posts links to them on its Facebook page, along with regular and often entertaining updates.
After a long winter, everyone deserves a spring getaway.
On a budget? No problem. Spring is the best time to find deals, and often the weather is stellar.
In Wisconsin's Blue Hills, help out at a nature preserve and stay free. In central Iowa, learn orienteering and archery at a women's skills retreat. In Chicago, have a sleepover in a museum or stay at one of three hostels during Craft Beer Week.
Think a little bit outside the box, and you'll save a ton of money.
Here's our 2020 edition of great spring trips, most costing $100 or less per person.
March can be a cruel month. We're tired of the cold, and it's tempting to sit tight and wait for spring.
But don't do it. This is the best time of the year for a lot of things, including eagle-watching, expos, ice-exploring and, of course, St. Patrick's Day parties.
We offer you three options for March getaways: outdoors, indoors and outdoors/indoors. Enjoy!