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
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
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.
Kansas City, Missouri
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.
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)