I live in the Midwest. Along with 60 million other people. That’s a lot of people. Yet we often get referred to as the fly over states. The payusnonevermind location. The “why do you want to go there” states.
A group of us (Iowans) think the people that believe like that are wrong. Just plain wrong.
We know how good the food is in New York, how spread out LA is and how nice it is to live on the lake in Chicago. We’ve traveled all over the world and see how other people live. We’ve lived all over the world. And now we’ve come back home to Iowa. There’s a reason for that.
In Franklin County, where 10,000 people live, we’ve got:
- 27 recreation areas (not including city parks)
- 12 Historic Places on the National. Register (Beeds Lake State Park, H.E. Boehmler House, Franklin County Courthouse, Franklin County Sheriffs Residence and Jail, Hampton Double Square Historic District, Dr. O.B. Harriman House/Harriman Nielsen Historic Farm, Maysville Schoolhouse, Leander Reeve House, and Herman Wood Round Barn),
- unique one of a kind shopping in Hampton, Latimer, Sheffield, Coulter, Dows, Popejoy, Geneva, Sheffield, Chapin,
- and No Wal-Mart.
Iowa leads the country in wind power – renewable energy at its best.
Iowa is ranked the 2nd most livable state.
Iowa is the 8th healthiest state in the nation.
Iowa has over 1400 miles of trails for hiking and biking within its state parks and recreational areas.
You can visit Hoover Presidential Library, Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, Effigy Mounds, any one of five National Refuge Areas, follow the Iowa Wine and Beer Trail, attend the world’s best state fair, and travel scenic byways.
But the best kept secret of Iowa is it’s people. You’ll never want for someone to help you, have a conversation with, a good belly laugh with and a personal tour guide. We’ve been raised to be kind, treat strangers as family and to love one another.
Aric Queen is on a mission for National Geographic. He gets the opportunity to travel the United States and write about it. But for some crazy reason, he’ll be staying all along the Southern states on his journey. Good Lord! Enough already! Go north young man, go north.
So as Aric Queen travels the United States for National Geographic, we’ve invited him to join us here in the Midwest. And we need your help. We’re asking you to tweet using the hashtag #TravelMidwest. Tell us why you live in the Midwest, what you love about your home town. Go on Facebook and follow me (Deb During Debworks Brown) and tell me those things. We promise to get the information to Aric. Because we are more than a flyover state and we want National Geographic to spend some time in our home towns.
Aric’s twitter description says “I’m on a road trip across America with
@NatGeoTraveler to uncover uncommon stories of people who are bringing change to their communities. Help me find them.” I say his search is over. Come to Iowa.
(Visit Jody Halsted’s blog here and see how this entire conversation got started.)