THE MIDWEST

Where Main Street, USA meets Leave it to Beaver meets all sorts of Americana, the Midwest is cabin land. The place was practically raised on it and with four seasons all ready to show off, you're going to find lakes and waterfalls and the good stuff that gives you that sort of perspective we're all always talking about. This is where you can hideaway, write a book (or just read one), spend some solitary time in the woods, and maybe even learn how to whittle your own spoon. Who knows what sort of fort building you'll get up to, but chances are you'll have a bit of time on your hands if you want it. 

 
 
  Image via Greg Hennes

Image via Greg Hennes

Minnesota

This might be one of the most surprising states we've got. Underrated by outsiders, those in the know know that there are more lakes than we can count so everyone (and their family) has a cabin. Autumn is a stunner and winter is a killer, but spring reminds you what's good, and summer might have been invented for beers and friends and getting outside. Head up the shore, spend time on Lake Superior, go for a long walk in the woods and try to not tell too many people how special it all is. 


Michigan

Anyone from Michigan will tell you the U.P. or Upper Peninsula (that's the top of the mitten) is where it's at. Waterfalls and cross-country skiing, mines, shipwrecks, lighthouses, and very hearty dishes make it nearly unforgettable...and why would you want to? Remote, the area has fairly short summers and potentially glacial winters, but -- still -- the allure is apparent. Maybe it's the Tahquamenon Falls or the buttercups and blue flag irises, or maybe it's the cinnamon ferns, and hidden swimming holes? Whatever the equation, it works out because there really isn't anywhere like it. 


  Image via Candlewood Cabins

Image via Candlewood Cabins

Wisconsin

Yes, it's the Great Dairy State and, yes, there are a lot of geocaches here, but that's not what's so special about this Midwesterner. With 14,000 inland lakes, 7,446 streams and rivers, and 1,100 miles of scenic Lake Michigan coastline, it's got art, culture, and lots of small town hospitality. Drop by Egg Harbor, get dazzled by the stars, and fall in love with a lot more than just their pretzels and craft beer. St. Croix National Scenic Riverway has about a hundred primitive campsites and the area was originally home to 11 sovereign indigenous tribes. Oh, the Northwoods? Meet you there.