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2021-04-17 10:13:03 AM  
If you must eat three metric tonnes of cereal grains to find one raisin, you aren't eating Raisin Bran.
 
2021-04-17 10:32:02 AM  
This is not a bookmark
 
2021-04-17 11:47:54 AM  
I am the one who said it was Flyover Country. Me. I'm the one you're looking for.
 
2021-04-17 1:06:58 PM  
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2021-04-17 1:16:44 PM  
Maybe, but the best thing you can do in Ohio is get on the turnpike and get from one side to the other as quickly as possible. Difficulty: now you're in Indiana or Pennsylvania.
 
2021-04-17 1:18:28 PM  
#1: either coast

/suckers
 
2021-04-17 1:19:17 PM  
 
2021-04-17 1:24:38 PM  
I could see why the Griswold's house isn't on the list.   Too well known.

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2021-04-17 1:28:52 PM  

ChrisDe: Maybe, but the best thing you can do in Ohio is get on the turnpike and get from one side to the other as quickly as possible. Difficulty: now you're in Indiana or Pennsylvania.


i thought ohio was bleak until i got to indiana.
 
2021-04-17 1:32:40 PM  

JudgeSmails: ChrisDe: Maybe, but the best thing you can do in Ohio is get on the turnpike and get from one side to the other as quickly as possible. Difficulty: now you're in Indiana or Pennsylvania.

i thought ohio was bleak until i got to indiana.


Keep going west across Illinois to Iowa, you'll remember Indiana nostalgically. If you manage to persevere all the way across Iowa you achieve... Nebraska.
 
2021-04-17 1:32:50 PM  
Wait, no House on the Rock?  How can you ignore the Midwest's most bizarre tourist trap of them all?

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2021-04-17 1:33:28 PM  

JudgeSmails: i thought ohio was bleak until i got to indiana.


Although they were correct in their selections for Indiana, such as they are.  A little pocket up north, a little pocket down south (they could have mentioned French Lick as well, though), and a city.  That's about it.
 
2021-04-17 1:34:45 PM  
We did a 3 day road trip around our state a few years ago. Gorgeous crystal clear rivers. Huge waterfalls (30+ feet tall 150+ feet wide). Azure springs. Caves. Swam in lakes.  And that was just the tiniest fraction of stops we could have made. We were focused on rivers and outdoor stuff along highway 44.
 
2021-04-17 1:35:36 PM  

Jeff5: Keep going west across Illinois to Iowa, you'll remember Indiana nostalgically. If you manage to persevere all the way across Iowa you achieve... Nebraska.


When I was a little kid, we lived in Nebraska.  I remember once falling asleep in the car, and when I woke up we were still driving past the same goddamn cornfield.
 
2021-04-17 1:35:40 PM  

Jeff5: Keep going west across Illinois to Iowa, you'll remember Indiana nostalgically.


When I was little, one of my aunts lived in Iowa.  I used to hate going to visit her because I thought the entire state smelled like cow poop.

Thirty-five-plus years later, my opinion on the state hasn't changed one bit.
 
2021-04-17 1:35:49 PM  
One of my funnest road trips was spending a full week following Franzwa's book on following the original Oregon Trail.  It directs you to every visible trace.  But I am a history geek. I plan on doing it again when I retire, but taking the California Cutoff.

Another great road trip is the Southern Utah scenic highways that connect Zion, Bryce, Grand Staircase Escalante, Capitol Reef, Goblin Valley state park, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
 
2021-04-17 1:35:59 PM  
Wisconsin and Minne have their own charm, and I enjoy the Onalaska/ Lacrosse area in particular  even though it's really just a stop over to points further for me.  Western South Dakota though is its own special kind of place. Route 90 from Wall west is just a geological wonder.

I have yet to find a reason to stop in Indiana aside from fuel, bathroom or food stops.
 
2021-04-17 1:39:46 PM  
I take the triple-D approach to the Midwest.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives - enjoy the variety of amazing but horribly unhealthy meat dishes

And any girls with big jugs you meet.
 
2021-04-17 1:39:47 PM  
If a malevolent representative of the judicial system should happen to sentence you to traversing the State of Mississippi from northeast to southwest, fark you because your crime must have been hideous, but a great route would be the Natchez Trace Parkway, even though it has a hole in the middle at Jackson.
 
2021-04-17 1:42:17 PM  

Jeff5: JudgeSmails: ChrisDe: Maybe, but the best thing you can do in Ohio is get on the turnpike and get from one side to the other as quickly as possible. Difficulty: now you're in Indiana or Pennsylvania.

i thought ohio was bleak until i got to indiana.

Keep going west across Illinois to Iowa, you'll remember Indiana nostalgically. If you manage to persevere all the way across Iowa you achieve... Nebraska.


Try driving from San Antonio to San Diego.  The highlight of your trip is... El Paso.  Maybe Tuscon is you can survive long enough.
 
2021-04-17 1:42:17 PM  

Tyler Perry's Tyler Perry Fark Account: Wisconsin and Minne have their own charm, and I enjoy the Onalaska/ Lacrosse area in particular  even though it's really just a stop over to points further for me.  Western South Dakota though is its own special kind of place. Route 90 from Wall west is just a geological wonder.

I have yet to find a reason to stop in Indiana aside from fuel, bathroom or food stops.


The area near the Mississippi river around Onalaska, Winona, etc. is one of my favorite places in the Midwest.  The bluff country is absolutely beautiful, there are some great parks and hiking areas, and it's an all-around nice place to unwind.
 
2021-04-17 1:43:14 PM  
Wall Drugs!!, only 350 miles!!
 
2021-04-17 1:43:37 PM  

Tyler Perry's Tyler Perry Fark Account: Wisconsin and Minne have their own charm, and I enjoy the Onalaska/ Lacrosse area in particular  even though it's really just a stop over to points further for me.  Western South Dakota though is its own special kind of place. Route 90 from Wall west is just a geological wonder.

I have yet to find a reason to stop in Indiana aside from fuel, bathroom or food stops.


I've driven across them both as part of road trips multiple times.  My car can, provided there's no traffic backups or anything to detract from efficient driving, just barely make it on one tank of gas from IL to PA.  Last time I did it, I believe I had lunch in PA at a gas station + Subway combo, and then the next stop was near my destination in IL.
 
2021-04-17 1:43:49 PM  
If we really required "Truth in Advertising" in this Country every town in several States would be named "Fark It, I Quit" because they were all founded at the point where somebody gave up all hope of escaping Iowa or Kansas or a Dakota or...
 
2021-04-17 1:44:59 PM  
Except for the part where they shipped in (from Chicago) four unique homes that were displayed in the 1933 world's fair (and which you can't go into or even walk around because they're privately owned... let it sink in that viewing private property is one of the major advertised things to do at this park), Indiana Dunes National Park was a huge downer, and I would've been pissed if it had been an actual destination and not just a side stop. Hike out to the dunes and shore, and in one direction you'll be looking at this

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and in the other, Michigan City, Indiana, which is about the same. But hey, at least along your ~2 mile hike you'll be able to collect more litter than you can fit into the trash can when you get back to the trailhead!
 
2021-04-17 1:46:46 PM  

Sum Dum Gai: Wait, no House on the Rock?  How can you ignore the Midwest's most bizarre tourist trap of them all?

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It pales in comparison the the original Tommy Bartlett's Robot World.
 
2021-04-17 1:49:12 PM  
I'll pass on South Dakota. For sure, until my vaccine shots are in effect.
 
2021-04-17 1:51:49 PM  

ChrisDe: Maybe, but the best thing you can do in Ohio is get on the turnpike and get from one side to the other as quickly as possible. Difficulty: now you're in Indiana or Pennsylvania.


I was going to suggest a backroad drive from Muskingum County, through Perry County, and into Morgan County - for anyone wanting to reconsider their decision to not just fly over the whole thing.
 
2021-04-17 1:53:56 PM  

ChrisDe: Maybe, but the best thing you can do in Ohio is get on the turnpike and get from one side to the other as quickly as possible. Difficulty: now you're in Indiana or Pennsylvania.


You left out the "drive north until you hit Lake Erie and drown" option, it's probably better.
 
2021-04-17 1:54:26 PM  

Summoner101: Jeff5: JudgeSmails: ChrisDe: Maybe, but the best thing you can do in Ohio is get on the turnpike and get from one side to the other as quickly as possible. Difficulty: now you're in Indiana or Pennsylvania.

i thought ohio was bleak until i got to indiana.

Keep going west across Illinois to Iowa, you'll remember Indiana nostalgically. If you manage to persevere all the way across Iowa you achieve... Nebraska.

Try driving from San Antonio to San Diego.  The highlight of your trip is... El Paso.  Maybe Tuscon is you can survive long enough.


I retired in December after 30 years of driving over-the-road, quit counting at 4 million miles. One of my last loads was potato chips that started near Pendleton, Oregon going to outside of Dallas, but because the bags tended to explode at higher altitude they paid us to go to Portland, down to L.A. then across I-10 to I-20. I have driven every foot of I-10, I-20, I-30, I-40, I-70, I-80 and most of I-90. If there were an I-50 or 60 I would have run them.

In my not-entirely uninformed opinion one of the greatest single-road road trips possible in this Country would be US-191 from the Mexican border to the Canadian, with a 50-mile detour allowed enroute. You would get everything there is except ocean.
 
2021-04-17 1:55:03 PM  

Sum Dum Gai: Jeff5: Keep going west across Illinois to Iowa, you'll remember Indiana nostalgically.

When I was little, one of my aunts lived in Iowa.  I used to hate going to visit her because I thought the entire state smelled like cow poop.

Thirty-five-plus years later, my opinion on the state hasn't changed one bit.


Shows what you know.  Half of the state smells like pig shiat instead.
 
2021-04-17 1:56:23 PM  

Sliding Carp: JudgeSmails: i thought ohio was bleak until i got to indiana.

Although they were correct in their selections for Indiana, such as they are.  A little pocket up north, a little pocket down south (they could have mentioned French Lick as well, though), and a city.  That's about it.


Wait, you got to see more than one list item without giving them your email? Or did you watch the video version, which I can't be bothered to do?

/I've just been assuming that TFA is more of a headline for a dropoff point for discussion.
 
2021-04-17 1:56:52 PM  

hlehmann: Wall Drugs!!, only 350 miles!!


There is no Wall Drugs, everywhere is 350 miles from it...
 
2021-04-17 1:57:22 PM  

Summoner101: Jeff5: JudgeSmails: ChrisDe: Maybe, but the best thing you can do in Ohio is get on the turnpike and get from one side to the other as quickly as possible. Difficulty: now you're in Indiana or Pennsylvania.

i thought ohio was bleak until i got to indiana.

Keep going west across Illinois to Iowa, you'll remember Indiana nostalgically. If you manage to persevere all the way across Iowa you achieve... Nebraska.

Try driving from San Antonio to San Diego.  The highlight of your trip is... El Paso.  Maybe Tuscon is you can survive long enough.


I would stop at big bend national park, then white sand. While I was at white sands I'd visit the New Mexico museum  of space history and the international space hall of fame. Leaving white sands I'd go to Hatch to get some chillis. Next stop would be the Titan missile museum south of Tuscon.

That's just the stuff already marked on my want to go list in Google Maps, if I was actually doing that trip I'm sure I could find a dozen more cool things to do along the way.
 
2021-04-17 1:58:33 PM  
Nah. Stay tf out of Spearfish. Especially Flanagan's. We get enough jackass tourists as it is.
 
2021-04-17 2:00:17 PM  
Ladies and gentlemen, i give you: Iowa.

Interstate 80 Iowa
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2021-04-17 2:02:05 PM  

hlehmann: Wall Drugs!!, only 350 miles!!


From a long-ago Photoshop contest:

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2021-04-17 2:02:17 PM  

kokomo61: Ladies and gentlemen, i give you: Iowa.

[YouTube video: Interstate 80 Iowa]


You don't want to see ALL of America. You want to see SOME of America.

68 States
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2021-04-17 2:03:21 PM  

Sliding Carp: JudgeSmails: i thought ohio was bleak until i got to indiana.

Although they were correct in their selections for Indiana, such as they are.  A little pocket up north, a little pocket down south (they could have mentioned French Lick as well, though), and a city.  That's about it.


"A city" I assume you mean Indianapolis, although Fort Wayne has improved dramatically over the past 10-12 years, starting with the debut downtown of arguably one of the best (if not the best) minor league ballparks in the country in 2009.  That started up a lot more new restaurants, parks, and new apartment/condos downtown.  Next up in the next 2-3 years is turning the old GE campus into a new business offices/restaurants/condos.

Note that is basically extremely the downtown area... you have your areas to generally avoid if you aren't familiar with the area (Southeast side) and once you get outside of directly downtown you are basically in fairly red to deep red Indiana.
 
2021-04-17 2:08:11 PM  
I dump on many midwestern States for sport, and because many of the people there richly deserve it, but fairness demands that I note that for the last 12 or more years there was a standing notice that if I was so much as asked to drive east of Pennsylvania I would quit without discussion.

I've been to New York and New Jersey and was very careful not to lose anything I might feel impelled to return to retrieve, although I'm not sure what would qualify.

I could replace a spouse, a child or a pet.
 
2021-04-17 2:14:38 PM  
Great river road.  The stretch in wisconsin from Prarie due Chien to LaCrosse has stunning views of the Mississippi river valley. Then hope over to the minnesota side and go up to the the national eagle center in Wabasha to see live eagles up close
 
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2021-04-17 2:19:09 PM  
In SD: From the Missouri River to the Badlands, on I-90, is one rolling hill after the other. Imagine taking that trip in a covered wagon. Spearfish Canyon Rd is a nice drive, outside of Rally time. Take a trip up north on I-29 to Watertown to the Redlin Art Museum.

In: MN don't forget to stop into the Spam Museum in Austin. The North Shore is also a very picturesque drive.

I will agree with the Onalaska/Lacrosse/Winona region, a nice area.
 
2021-04-17 2:20:09 PM  
The Black Hills are the midwest? Once you get west of the Missouri I consider it 'west'. There's a noticeable change in the terrain, and when you get around Wall you can see the badlands off to the south.
 
2021-04-17 2:22:20 PM  

Tyler Perry's Tyler Perry Fark Account: Wisconsin and Minne have their own charm, and I enjoy the Onalaska/ Lacrosse area in particular  even though it's really just a stop over to points further for me.  Western South Dakota though is its own special kind of place. Route 90 from Wall west is just a geological wonder.

I have yet to find a reason to stop in Indiana aside from fuel, bathroom or food stops.


I live in LaCrosse.

It has changed a lot in the last 10 years i lived here.

There is a distillery, 3 mircobreweies, lots of amazing bike and hiking trails. A fun paddle boat tour, and river boat tour. Decent front 9 for disc golf.

Plenty to do IMHO and i love the scenery
 
2021-04-17 2:26:12 PM  
I believe Obama said it best.  To your left, Corn.  To the right, Soybeans.   There is literally nothing of interest in the Midwest.  Anyone who tells you differently is either fooling themselves or fooling you.

That said.  Lucas KS is interesting being the folk art capital of the US.   Taliesin, House on the Rock and the Forevertron in WS are worth the visit.   Mt Rushmore and the Badlands suck.  Devil's Tower is interesting if you like Close Encounters.   Mark Twain's boyhood home sucks, as does Lincoln's log cabin.   The Corn Palace is also awful.   St. Louis Arch isn't really worth the drive.  Same with the American Gothic house in Iowa.  Casey, Illinois with the World's Largest stuff can be a nice goofy spot if you are in the area (just to cross it off the list.)

Beyond that all there is, is corn and soybeans.  Can't go wrong with Route 66 and Highway 61 (revisited) if you're nostalgic.
 
2021-04-17 2:31:45 PM  
Road trips are the best.  I've never been to a state that I didn't fall in love with. And I've been to Nebraska.
 
2021-04-17 2:33:58 PM  

NINEv2: The Black Hills are the midwest? Once you get west of the Missouri I consider it 'west'. There's a noticeable change in the terrain, and when you get around Wall you can see the badlands off to the south.


Isn't St Louis' motto "The Gateway to the West"?  I'm with you though, MO,IA, & MN are the western border of the 'Midwest' (I'd even argue that that designation ends fifty miles west from those state's eastern borders...).
 
2021-04-17 2:34:31 PM  
The Wisconsin River valley and Devil's lake near Baraboo are amazing places. There are also some short hikes in the area that ima keep to myself so they stay uncrowded :)
 
2021-04-17 2:34:49 PM  

Highly evolved sloth: One of my funnest road trips was spending a full week following Franzwa's book on following the original Oregon Trail.  It directs you to every visible trace.  But I am a history geek. I plan on doing it again when I retire, but taking the California Cutoff.

Another great road trip is the Southern Utah scenic highways that connect Zion, Bryce, Grand Staircase Escalante, Capitol Reef, Goblin Valley state park, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.


Friends in eastern Wyoming have the trail ruts on their ranch.
 
2021-04-17 2:35:36 PM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: Road trips are the best.  I've never been to a state that I didn't fall in love with. And I've been to Nebraska.


That's not love, it's indigestion.

Common mistake...
 
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