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The Gateway Arch is Finally a Part of St. Louis

Rising 630 feet above the Mississippi River and covered in gleaming stainless steel, the Gateway Arch is one of the most famous monuments in the world. It has become a proud symbol of St. Louis, yet somehow it has felt apart from the city where it was built. Busy streets and parking garages created physical

By |2018-07-07T14:23:26+00:00July 7th, 2018|Features|0 Comments

Thomas Paquette’s Visions of the Mississippi River

Like many of us, painter Thomas Paquette had a simple idea that quickly grew out of control. His plan to paint the 72-mile stretch of the Mississippi River through the Twin Cities morphed into "Why not paint the whole river?" It took a while to explore the river and complete the paintings, but the

By |2018-04-18T14:20:44+00:00April 18th, 2018|About the Mississippi Valley|0 Comments

These Are the Most Important Books about the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River has a long and complicated history. If you are like me and enjoy reading about different aspects of the river's history, you might wonder which books you should read to get the full picture. I'm here to help. In ten years, I've read a lot of books. I have suffered through

By |2018-12-06T12:23:12+00:00March 13th, 2018|Features|0 Comments

Quit Telling Me to “Be Safe”

I was sitting at a table a while back, talking about travel with friends and a couple of people I didn’t know. At one point, I mentioned that I had traveled around Guatemala a few years ago. One of the newcomers quickly asked: “Is it safe?” She didn’t ask: “What is there to do in

By |2017-11-26T17:02:05+00:00November 9th, 2017|Features|6 Comments

Paddling on the Mississippi River: 26 Water Trails from Easy to Challenging

Maybe you're like most people in that you enjoy paddling, but you stick to lakes and small rivers. Maybe, though, you're ready for a new experience. Maybe you're ready to join the growing number of paddlers who are discovering the pleasure of taking their canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) on the Mississippi and other

By |2017-10-04T12:12:20+00:00June 28th, 2017|About the Mississippi Valley|0 Comments

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