only here! 10 PICK UP A PADDLE With the right attitude, any kayak trip is an adventure. But these three rivers are truly one of a kind. Ancient cypress trees rise from the swampy part of a state-run natural area in southern Illinois. Hushed and eerily beautiful, it’s the northernmost marsh of its kind in the U.S. Cache River Wetlands, CYPRESS, IL For a new perspective on the Windy City, join a guided float down the and get an architecture lesson in the shadows of glittering skyscrapers. Chicago River CHICAGO Niobrara National Scenic River The offers days’ worth of calm paddling in the scenic Sandhills, with countless spots to pull off and hike (including to Nebraska’s tallest waterfall, Smith Falls). VALENTINE, NE COMB A BEACH 12 No promise of a message in a bottle, but freshwater waves polish and deliver treasure, same as any salt sea. Keep your eyes down to find fossilfreckled Petoskey stones by Lake Michigan, agate along Lake Superior or colorful glass on any Great Lakes shore. 11 MEET MAC IN, IL, MI, MN, OH, WI CAMP WITH A MOOSE 13 A moose sighting up north is a rite of passage. Just about the best odds are at dawn and dusk in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a million-acre patchwork of lakes and forest along the Canada border. ELY + GRAND MARAIS, MN SEE AN URBAN WATERFALL 14 At Falls Park in South Dakota’s largest city, 7,400 gallons of water cascade over gorgeous pink Sioux quartzite boulders—every second. SIOUX FALLS, SD The Mackinac Bridge is the fifth-longest suspension bridge in the world. The towers soar more than 550 feet above the water. LET IT ALL SLIDE 15 Every once in a while, a gushy marketing nickname is actually correct. Case in point: the Waterpark Capital of the World. Swoosh around every flume the Dells throw at you, then line up (with a zillion other families) to do it again. WISCONSIN DELLS, WI
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