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Three Reasons Atchison, Kansas Should Be On Your Radar

Bloggers In Atchison

Atchison, Kansas is one of those destinations that is near a big city, yet far enough to be called off the beaten path. On a recent visit to Atchison, our team of bloggers experienced a taste of what this community has to offer. We quickly learned that the people in the community have embraced ghosts and are proud of the history that Atchison offers. If you have ever visited a haunted destination, it is inevitable that many guests will arrive as skeptics and leave as believers. This seems to be the case with our team that explored Haunted Atchison, Kansas and all it has to offer.

HAUNTED EXPERIENCES

Atchison is known by many as one of the most haunted places in America, as it is home to the world-famous haunted Sallie House. People come from all around the globe to see for themselves if this is a hoax or a real thing.

Sallie House Atchison

Three members of our Midwest Travel Network recently spent time in Atchison and they each had a haunted experience. Travel With Sara recaps her encounter with the Sallie House, Hodge Podge Hippie shares her insight and Tim of The Walking Tourists is ready to return to finish up some unfinished business. The Sallie House is one of several haunted experiences available to visitors, so it is fair to say that Atchison is haunted. Tip: Book a tour on the Haunted Trolley to get to know the layout before you venture out on foot.

TAKE FLIGHT WITH AMELIA EARHART

Amelia Earhart’s Birthplace Museum is located in the home that Amelia was born in, located at 223 North Terrace Street in Atchison. A fun fact is that her birthplace was built by her grandfather in the 1860s. “Muriel,” an Electra Model 10E, arrived in Atchison in 2016 and plans are underway to house the plane in a new Amelia Earhart Museum, for which a fundraising effort is being prepared by the Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation.

Muriel Atchison, Kansas

Tip: Plan to attend the annual Amelia Earhart Festival, held in July every year.

ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY

Atchison is rich in Gothic Style Homes, Craftsman Style Homes, Queen Anne Style Homes and more. Some are haunted and some are not. Many streets are lined with brick and offer a quiet view of the neighborhood streets. Our group participated in an Architectural Walking Tour which offered close up views of historical properties with stunning architectural features.

Architecture Atchison

Tip: Download the map and grab a bottle of water before you head out. We would suggest allowing yourself 1 1/2 hours to complete this tour and make sure your camera and/or smartphone are fully charged. You will want to take many pictures of the beautiful architectural designs that you will encounter.

Atchison, Kansas is located a few miles from where you can view Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri at once. As Midwest destination enthusiasts, we took note that Atchison is a destination where you can check several states off of your bucket list.

*Thank you to Atchison, Kansas for partnering with the Midwest Travel Network, as our participants enjoyed their time in Atchison.

 

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Midwest Finds For Spring/Summer 2017

Sara and Lisa on horses

We have been on the road on and off this spring and summer experiencing a lot of fresh food, midwest history and adventure for years to come.  The midwest holds many treasures with stories that are untold. We are working on finding as many stories as we can. Here are some of the highlights we have stumbled on the past few months.

EISENHOWER PARK & ROSE GARDEN: ABILENE, KANSAS

When you visit Abilene, Kansas, be sure to swing over to the rose garden. The garden area was peaceful and offered beauty that will be imprinted in your mind for quite some time.

Rose Gardens Abilene

I have no doubt that you can visit any time of year, and find a time of reflection. There’s something magical about a garden when it’s located in an area that showcases one of America’s presidents.

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS: ARBORETUM & BOTANICAL GARDENS

Overland Park is home to an arboretum and botanical gardens that embraces train enthusiasts. Be prepared to walk and explore this beautiful area, as you can stroll all the way to an area for train lovers.

Overland Park Arboretum Train

FUN CHARACTERS IN ELGIN, ILLINOIS

Who knew that Elgin, Illinois had so many fun characters? Trust us, as you walk into any coffee shop in Elgin, you will have a new friend or two. The Blue Box Cafe is where you will embrace Dr. Who and a laugh or two.

Blue Box Cafe Elgin

What’s not to like about being served a hot breakfast, a smile with a little Dr. Who in the area?

STEAK AT FRANCHESCO’S RISTORANTE: ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS

A nice dinner with live music was what we found at Franchesco’s Ristorante in Rockford, Illinois. Sara’s ears perked up when our waiter said, “Iowa grass fed beef.” When she hears her home state of Iowa, she pays attention quite quickly. How does this steak look?

Steak at Franchesco's

Cooked to perfection with delicious sides. We both are counting the days until we return.

VISIT KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: MIKE’S CHICKEN & DONUTS

If you follow the two of us on our travels, you know that we enjoy a donut now and then.

Kenosha Donuts

Mike’s Donuts & Chicken is not to be missed when visiting Kenosha, Wisconsin.

FENELON PLACE ELEVATOR: DUBUQUE, IOWA

The Fenelon Place Elevator prides itself on being the steepest and shortest scenic railway, 296 feet to be exact.

Sara and Lisa Dubuque, Iowa

Board the elevator for a view of historic Dubuque, the Mississippi River and three states. Tip: Visit different times of the year to get a different view. Iowa prides itself on the fact that they do have four distinct season.

This is a glimpse of where we have been this spring and summer. We continue to fill our calendars with more midwest destinations. The beauty of the midwest is that we have a variety of experiences to offer.. 24 hours is usually not enough time to explore a community. Several of these destinations warrant a 2nd or 3rd visit, as there’s so much to do.

Where have your 2017 spring and summer travels taken you? We’d love to hear about your travel experiences in the midwest.