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Sidetracked in the Midwest
A Green Guide for Travelers
Mary Bergin

“Informative and enlightening.”
Chicago Tribune

This green guide to the Midwest states offers travelers unusual, fun, and innovative places to visit—all with an environmentally conscious approach. From the National Mississippi River Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, to the Heartland Spa (in a former dairy barn!) in Gilman, Illinois, to Target Field (home of major league baseball’s Minnesota Twins) in Minneapolis, these destinations are an eclectic mix ranging from low-budget to luxury and from city sites to prairies and the deep North Woods. Some meet LEED standards, recycle and refurbish old buildings, serve locally grown food, operate off the grid, or bring visitors close to wildlife.

Intrepid traveler Mary Bergin covers Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, plus a few cool places to visit in Indianapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Nebraska City. Restaurants, lodging, festivals, parks, tours, farms, museums, nature centers, factories, shops, wilderness areas, retreats, and more are included in this guide, along with stories, interviews, full-color photos, maps, and an index.

Mary Bergin writes weekly “Roads Traveled” columns syndicated in daily newspapers throughout Wisconsin and at Her other books include Eat Smart in Germany, Sidetracked in Wisconsin: A Guide for Thoughtful Travelers, and Hungry for Wisconsin: A Tasty Guide for Travelers.

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September 2012
LC: 2011002151 F
232 pp.   6 x 8
Color illus. throughout

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ISBN 978-0-9815161-2-7
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