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Get the f*ck outta here: The Road Trips Issue 2017 

A pilgrimage to Prince's Minneapolis, a quest for enlightenment in "Silicorn Valley," a freight-hopping-free trip to the Hobo Capital of America, and more stories of midwest exploration

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JOHN GARRISON
  • John Garrison
J. STEPHEN CONN / FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS
  • J. Stephen Conn / Flickr Creative Commons

A freight-hopping-free trip to the Hobo Capital of America

For more than 100 years, Britt, Iowa, has feted the nation’s traveling workers during the Hobo Days festival.

By Aimee Levitt


COURTESY PAISLEY PARK
  • courtesy paisley park

Prince’s death has given rise to a ghoulish new tourism business in Minnesota

The late artist’s purple reign continues in and around Minneapolis.

By Steve Marsh


JOHN GREENFIELD
  • John Greenfield

How a tiny town in Iowa became ‘Silicorn Valley’

Fairfield, Iowa, is an unlikely hub for Transcendental Meditation and enlightened capitalism.

By John Greenfield


CLAIRE BARTOSIC
  • CLAIRE BARTOSIC

A small Michigan deli is preserving the food traditions of a Syrian city under siege

Exotic Bakeries & Syrian Cuisine in Ann Arbor maintains the home-cooking customs of Jisr al-Shughur.

By Mike Sula


CAROL M. HIGHSMITH
  • Carol M. Highsmith

Frank Lloyd Wright is a big man on the SC Johnson campus

As sesquicentennial celebrations of Wright’s birth ramp up, two of the architect's most notable commercial creations should beckon buffs to Racine, Wisconsin.

By Jake Malooley


JULIA THIEL
  • Julia Thiel

Passenger rail in and around Chicago is becoming more bike friendly

Policy changes at Amtrak and the South Shore Line are making it more possible to pedal to neighboring states and take the train back.

By Julia Thiel

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