The best things to do in winter in the Midwest

As the weather gets colder and the days shorter, attention turns to the frosted slopes and open fields ripe for a day of snowbound adventure. At least, that’s how it goes in the Midwest, America’s true winter wonderland. Winter is the perfect time to explore the outdoors in the Midwestern states — just make sure you have a warm jacket, gloves, a good pair of earmuffs, and a positive attitude about a little wind chill. Here are the nine most epic experiences to have.

1. Ice fishing in Michigan.

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Bundled in the warmest gear, traipsing across a frozen expanse, carefully drilling a hole in the ice, and dangling a line through that ice to reach the frigid water underneath your feet can be an adrenaline-inducing activity. Add in the expectant wait for a bite of something swimming in the unseen liquid lake below, and for many around the world, ice fishing is an exciting wintertime activity. In the US, the Midwest is the place for ice fishing. In Michigan, Higgins Lake has deep waters filled with a variety of fish, including perch closer to the shore and spot trout near the center.

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