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Driving America: Midwest's best roadways

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Updated: 3/31 2:39 pm
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(BPT) - The best way of seeing America's Heartland is truly by car. How else can you drive past fields of sunflowers, stop at a local hole-in-the-wall diner or experience the humbling beauty of America's Great Lakes? No matter where you begin, DreamPlanGo suggests you see the best of the Midwest with these countryside drives:

1. The North Shore Scenic Drive, Minnesota

North shore scenic drive, Minnesota

Drive along the world's largest freshwater lake (from Canal Park all the way up north to Grand Portage) on Minnesota's beloved North Shore Drive. Drive pass romantic bluffs and acres of birch trees and take stretch breaks at the worthwhile lookout points on Superior.

2. Historic Hills Scenic Byway, Iowa

Historic hills scenic byway Iowa

This 85-mile drive, beginning in Blakesburg (80 miles south of Iowa City) and concluding in Donnellson, highlights the best of The Hawkeye State. Stop in little Keosauqua or charming Bonaparte for coffee and chat with the friendly locals.

3. Red Arrow Highway, Michigan

Red arrow highway Michigan

This scenic stretch from New Buffalo to St. Joseph makes for the perfect summer afternoon cruise. Stop to explore Lake Michigan's coastal villages of Union Pier and Lakeside or take a refreshing dip at Weko Beach.

4. Frontier Military Scenic Byway, Kansas

Frontier Military Scenic Byway Kansas

Retrace Civil War history along US-69 in this 170-mile stretch from Kansas City to the Kansas-Missouri border. Pass through small towns, the wetlands of the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area and Fort Scott. If driving through October, don't miss a ghost tour of this historic site.

5. Antique Alley, Indiana

Antique Alley, Indiana

Named after the 1,000 antique dealers populating this 60-mile drive along old US-40, Antique Alley is the perfect road trip to take with your girlfriends. Make a coffee stop at the many enticing cafes or make a night of it by staying in a pleasant B & B along the way.

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