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I’m a Midwestern girl who always wanted to get away from the Midwest.
And I did, for awhile. In fact, I left behind life as I knew it and traveled as far away as Asia.
Yet, life often has a way of bringing us back full circle. I’m back where I started, and I now appreciate the beauty and interesting aspects of living in the heart of America. It has a magic all its own.
This is a blog revealing some of the wonders of the Midwest. And little glimpses into my life here.
Follow along as I explore!
So what’s so great about the Midwestern United States?
The twelve states that make up Midwestern United States are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Known as “America’s Heartland” or the U.S. “corn belt,” the Midwest is considered by many to reflect true American culture. Not only is the Midwest the birthplace of many of our former U.S. Presidents, it’s also the birthplace of inventors who brought us such things like airplanes (The Wright brothers from Ohio), Harley- Davidson Motorcycles (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), tractors (Iowa), deep-dish pizza (Chicago), the first real traffic light (Michigan), M&Ms Chocolate (Minnesota), gas pumps (Indiana), ICEE drinks (Kansas), the microchip (missouri), Mr. Bubble Bath (North Dakota), and core memory (Nebraska). These are just a few of the things the Midwestern United States has contributed over the years, some of them barely noticable across the face of the planet, while others have changed our lives forever.
There are many favorite and famous cities in the Midwest. These include:
Chicago , Illinois
Kansas City, Missouri
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Fargo, North Dakota
Four out of five of the Great Lakes are also located in or near the Midwest (Michigan, Superior, Erie, and Huron) providing visitors with lots to see and do outdoors.