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Top Choice Monument in St Louis

Gateway Arch & Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

As a symbol for St Louis, the Arch has soared above any expectations its backers could have had in 1965 when it opened. The centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (a National Park Service property)…
Top Choice Museum in Kansas

Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center

Possibly the most surprising sight in Kansas, this amazing museum captures the race to the moon better than any museum on the planet. Absorbing displays and artifacts such as the Apollo 13 command module will enthra…
Top Choice National Park in North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

A tortured region known as the 'badlands' whose colors seem to change with the moods of nature, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the state's natural highlight. Bizarre rock formations, streaked with a rainbow of …
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Medicine Park

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

The 59,020-acre Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge protects bison, elk, longhorn cattle and a super-active prairie dog town. Wildlife is abundant; observant drivers might even see a spindly, palm-sized tarantula tipt…
Top Choice Monument in Mt Rushmore

Mt Rushmore National Memorial

Looking like they're either emerging from or being absorbed by the mountain, the stony faces of past presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt – carved 60ft tall in the g…
Top Choice Park in St Louis

Forest Park

New York City may have Central Park, but St Louis has the bigger (by 528 acres) Forest Park. The superb, 1371-acre spread was the setting of the 1904 World's Fair. It's a beautiful place to escape to and is dotted w…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Chase County

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

This 11,000-acre national preserve, 2 miles northwest of Strong City, is a perfect place to hike the prairie with 40 miles of scenic trails. Buffalo were reintroduced here in 2009 and now number close to 100, sharin…
Top Choice Arts Center in Omaha

Hot Shops Art Center

Entering into this three-story arts center (a former mattress warehouse) is like diving down the rabbit hole into an alternative universe ruled by eccentric artists. The namesake 'hot shops' are the glassblowing, po…
Top Choice Historic Building in Bartlesville

Price Tower

You can tour the only Frank Lloyd Wright–designed skyscraper ever built, the 1956, 221ft Price Tower. Inside and out it is like Architectural Digest meets The Jetsons. Wright shopped the design around for 30 years b…
Top Choice Museum in Kansas City

National WWI Museum

Enter this impressive modern museum on a glass walkway over a field of red poppies, the symbol of the trench fighting. Through detailed and engaging displays, learn about a war that is almost forgotten by many Ameri…