Welcome to Tom and Jana's
2004 Midwest Adventure!
A week in the heartland of America
in search of scenic places, man-made oddities,
and, of course, corn.
Our route in green.
Click either top or bottom map section for a zoom view.
We traveled west from our home in Knoxville, Tennessee, up through Land Between the Lakes, through Kentucky and Illinois to the Mississippi River. Our course then turned north, roughly following the Mississippi River and the Great River Road as far as Winona, Minnesota. Turning east, we drove through Wisconsin, Chicagoland, and along the southern shore of Lake Michigan to "The Great Southwest" of Michigan. From there it was south through Michiana to Whitewater State Park, Indiana, where our story ends.
Highlights along the way included Garden of the Gods, Illinois; The World's Largest Catsup Bottle and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville, Illinois; a life-sized statue of the World's Tallest Man, Robert Wadlow, Alton, Illinois; Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk, Riverside, Iowa; Spook Cave, McGregor, Iowa; Culvert Man, Nodine, Minnesota; F.A.S.T. Corp., Sparta, Wisconsin; House on the Rock, Spring Green, Wisconsin; "Spindle," Berwyn, Illinois; the world-famous Snowflake Motel, Stevensville, Michigan; grave in the road, Franklin, Indiana; Tower Tree, Greensburg, Indiana; and The Village of Spires, Oldenburg, Indiana.
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Day 1 Knoxville, Tennessee to Carbondale, Illinois
Day 2 Carbondale, Illinois to Burlington, Iowa
Day 3 Burlington, Iowa to Sparta, Wisconsin
Day 4.0 F.A.S.T. Corp, Sparta, Wisconsin
Day 4.5 House on the Rock, Spring Green, Wisconsin
Day 5 Edgerton, Wisconsin to St. Joseph, Michigan
Day 6 Around St. Joseph, Michigan
Day 7 South Haven, Michigan, and a couple of wineries
Day 8 Berrien County, Michigan to Whitewater State Park, Indiana
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