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22 Reasons The Midwest Is The Best

1. Open roads
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2. Steak 'n Shake
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3. The Great Lakes
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4. Paul Bunyan's birthplace
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5. The Mall of America
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6. The actual Field of Dreams
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7. Cheese sculptors at the Nebraska State Fair
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8. Taco John's
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9. Kansas City-style BBQ
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10. Lollapalooza
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11. The Apostle Islands
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12. The company that takes its craft literally
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13. Cedar Point
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14. Custer State Park's bison stampede
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15. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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16. The Arthur Cheese Festival
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17. Mount Rushmore
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18. The jackalope at Wall Drug
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19. The world's longest "water coaster"
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20. The Waldorf Astoria Chicago
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21. Sleeping Bear Dunes
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22. The Indy 500
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