Traveller Justine Shapiro takes an exhilarating
journey around the heartland of the United States, from skyscrapers,
hip hop and gangsters in the city to breathtaking scenery,
old traditions and adventure in the countryside.
Justine begins in Chicago, the home of the very first
skyscraper. She finds an inventive mode of transport to take
her to some of the city's most impressive architecture - the
zippy Segue scooter!
After a hearty Chicago speciality - a towering Italian beef
sandwich - Justine hooks up with the 'Untouchables' tour to
learn more about one of Chicago's shady characters from the
past, gangster Al Capone, and visits the site of the
Valentine's Day Massacre.
Justine heads out of town on one of America's most iconic
freeways - Route 66 - in a stylish convertible. She
stops off at Springfield, Illinois, for a meeting with
another American icon from history, Abraham Lincoln!
Next stop for Justine is Berlin - a town in the Ohio
countryside, home to members of the Amish community.
These religious people aim to keep their lives devout and
simple and so shun modern conveniences, such as cars and electricity.
Justine spends time with a family to learn more about their
Justine takes a short flight to Detroit, where Motown music originated. Justine gets down to a different beat with
some of the city's youth, however - hip hop. The city
also contains the Henry Ford Museum and Justine takes
a look at the history of the automobile and takes a ride in
an early Ford model.
Justine draws her journey to a close by enjoying the great
outdoors - she heads for the shores of Lake Superior in Wisconsin. The world's largest lake, it contains ten
percent of the earth's freshwater. After a rigorous swim,
kayak and trek, Justine enjoys the day's catch around the
campfire. In her final destination, Deer River, Justine
meets up with some living historians to experience what it
would have been like for the first travellers from Europe
settling by the Great Lakes, and takes time to reflect on
her diverse adventures in the Midwest.