© Author Adventures

In honor of the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, midwestweekends.com published a road trip that follows the homesteads of the beloved pioneer author. We share our experiences of many places on that same route here:

Pepin, WisconsinIndependence, Kansas
Walnut Grove and Spring Valley, Minnesota
Burr Oak, IowaDe Smet, South DakotaMansfield, Missouri

In addition to the homesteads of Laura Ingalls Wilder, we recommend a stop at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, which is a great halfway point, to see its ongoing Wilder family exhibits.

Far removed from prairie life, travelers to the South can visit a Laura Ingalls Wilder stop in the Florida panhandle called the “Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead Park,” which is on the site where the author and her husband lived briefly (1891-1892). The park features a marker and is near the historic church of the era but the house is no longer there. We recommend adding it to the Alabama Author Adventures Trail rather than the Florida Author Adventure Trail, as it is closer to the Alabama border. Read about it here: Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead Park.

For even more details about the author’s life, read an article about lesser known parts of her history here: latimes.com/books.

The Wagon Tour: