As evidenced by the recent Dogwood Parade, people just want to get out and go someplace after a very long pandemic 2020 year. So where does one go?

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There are plenty of places throughout the United States to visit, but sometimes just a day trip will satisfy one’s eagerness to just “get-away” even for just a few hours and not be that far from home. I would call it “traveler’s baby steps” before that long journey to places like Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, or Disneyworld.

With that in mind, here is a “day trip” list of places to visit this summer:

The Lincoln Presidential Museum                                                                                      in Springfield,Illinois.........lincolnlibraryandmuseum.com

Wildwood Prairie Animal Park                                                                                          in Hanna City, Illinois….…...wildwoodwildlifepark.com

Peoria Chiefs Minor League Baseball                                                                              in Peoria, Illinois...............peoriachiefs.com                                                                                                                                                        

Galesburg Railroad Museum                                                                                            in Galesburg, Illinois……..galesburgrailroadmuseum.org

John Deere Pavilion                                                                                                            in Moline, Illinois………….deere.com

Rock Island Arsenal Museum                                                                                           in Rock Island, Illinois…...arsenalhistoricalsociety.org

Air FX Trampoline Park                                                                                                      in Hiawatha, Iowa (Cedar Rapids area)…....airfxcr.com

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad Museum                                                                        in Boone, Iowa…...............bsvrr.com 

Science Center & Blank IMAX Dome Theatre                                                                  in DesMoine, Iowa............sciowa.org

Adventureland Water Park                                                                                                in Altoona, Iowa (DesMoine area).... adventurelandpark.com

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum                                                                            in Kansas City, Mo…........ nlbm.com

Herman Wineries                                                                                                              in Herman, Missouri………hermannmissouri.com

St. Louis Science Center                                                                                                  in St. Louis, Missouri ……slsc.org

There is a list of just 13 locations, all within 3 or four hours of our area. And don’t forget there are plenty of other locations right here in the Hannibal-Quincy area to visit as well.

Remember, no matter where you go, check ahead to make sure they are open as plenty of things have changed thanks to the pandemic. Enjoy your trip!

 

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