Favorites from the Great Plains

Favorites from the Great Plains

The Great Plains is generally thought of as fly over country, but there are some real gems that should not be overlooked. Both underrated cities and scenic parks and monuments make up the highlights. The states included are Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Below are my favorite places in the region along with links to the photo albums for each state.

Black Hills/Badlands, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore

The Black Hills are a mountain range in western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming. While it is probably most famous as the site of Mount Rushmore, there are some other remarkable places such as Wind Caves and Badlands National Park. Click here for my extended guide

Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park
side profile of George Washington, Mount Rushmore
Wind Caves National Park
Location of Black Hills
Location of Black Hills

Chimney Rock, Nebraska

Chimney Rock is a 286 foot rock formation located in Eastern Nebraska. It is perhaps best known for being a prominent landmark along the Oregon, Morman, or California Trail. Before erosion caused part of the spire to break off, Chimney Rock could be seen from away as far as 40 miles. It marked the end of the prairies and the beginning of more difficult terrain heading towards the Rocky Mountains.

Location of Chimney Rock
Location of Chimney Rock

Kansas City, Missouri

Union Station and Downtown Kansas City

Kansas City is more than just a great barbecue capitol. It is a beautiful city that is said to have more fountains than any place in the world outside of Rome. Trendy neighborhoods, such as Country Club Plaza and the Power and Light District, plus museums covering everything from World War I to Jazz to the Negro Leagues Baseball, are just a few of many things to see.

JC Nichols Memorial Fountain
National World War I Museum and Memorial
Crown Center
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Sprint Center
Location of Kansas City
Location of Kansas City

Omaha, Nebraska

Gene Leahy Mall

Omaha is a welcoming city with a well earned reputation for hospitality.  The Downtown area is very walkable and has plenty of places to explore. The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. multiple parks, and the historic Old Market neighborhood are among the highlights.

Pioneer Courage Park
Old Market
Heartland of America Park
Heartland of America Park
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
Location of Omaha
Location of Omaha

St Louis, Missouri

Gateway Arch

Located on the mighty Mississippi River, St Louis has historically been a stop for westward travelers. This is commemorated by the iconic Gateway Arch. Other attractions include the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the Old Courthouse.

Inside of Gateway Arch
Anheuser Busch Brewery
Anheuser Busch Brewery
Old Courthouse
Busch Stadium
Location of St Louis
Location of St Louis

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park protects the badlands of North Dakota. The park is a scenic expanse of buttes, gullies, rivers, and grasslands. A large amount of wildlife live in the area including prairie dogs and bison. (click here for my extended guide)

Location of the South Unit of Theodore  Roosevelt National Park

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Here are links to all my photos from the Great Plains:

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