Places in The Great Plains
Gently rolling prairies through shallow fertile valleys mark much of this endlessly attractive state. But head southwest and hell breaks loose – in a good way. The Badlands National Park is the geologic equivalent of fireworks. The Black Hills are like opera: majestic, challenging, intriguing and even frustrating.
Wide open and inviting, Kansas City (KC) is famed for its barbecues (100-plus joints smoke it up), fountains (more than 200; on par with Rome) and jazz. Attractive neighborhoods jostle for your attention and you can easily run aground for several days as you enjoy the local vibe, among the hippest in the Plains.
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Tips and articles
The Heartland’s best hits: top Kansas sights along I-70
This is the stuff road trips through Middle America are made of: slurping milkshakes at a Formica countertop in a diner that hasn’t changed since 1950, cruising by fields of sunflowers and amber waves of grain that st...
Best in the US 2015
With 50 states, 14 territories, and countless, ever-changing destinations for curious travelers, choosing where to go on vacation in the US can be a challenge. Luckily, we love a good travel challenge...
Adventures in South Dakota: top experiences in the Mount Rushmore State
Adventure has been a way of life in South Dakota for centuries. At one time the horse and wagon trails of warriors, pioneers and homesteaders crisscrossed these vast prairies...
Top 10 unusual places to go wine tasting in the US
Think wine in the US only comes from the west coast? Intrepid and weather-defying vintners are beating the odds and producing wines across this diverse land, from the bucolic shores of Vermont’s Lake Champlain to the ...