Custer State Park, located in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota, is a state park rival to many of our national parks in terms of history, scenic beauty, and opportunities for recreation of many kinds. Amid the clear mountain waters and towering granite peaks, you can find solace for body, mind and spirit. Named for George Armstrong Custer, the 71,000-acre state park also offers great scenic drives.
There are 124 National Monuments throughout the United States. When you are traveling in the Midwest, there are some wonderful National Monuments to see. Remember that there are also National Historic Sites, Seashores, Rivers, Trails and more that are awaiting your visit, in the Midwestern states.
Public art displays are a great way to show off local talent, keep the arts alive, and inspire the community. Without it, our cities are just roads and grey square buildings. And while famous sculptures can specifically be found in dedicated places, like at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and other sculpture gardens throughout the United States, it’s more fun to find them spring up from the ground in the middle of the city.
The Census Bureau’s definition of the Midwest consists of twelve states in the north central region of the United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Let’s look at some of the best locations for antiquing in each of them.
What could otherwise be a boring highway that runs from one side of the country to the other has thankfully been turned in a weird wonderland for those traveling the distance. While the stretch of I-90 features attractions everyone knows and loves: Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park, and Black Hills National Forest, it’s also home to many less conventional roadside stops.
One of the real joys of our National Parks is that many of them can be seen up close and personal by car. This convenience cannot be overstated, since some people have mobility challenges and others like to keep very close tabs on small children when in the wilds. The fact that you can see the best of the United States from the comfort of your own vehicle is enhanced in some of our National Parks by the design of the roadways through them, which create a loop pattern, allowing you to begin and end your visit from the same spot. Here are five of the National Parks Scenic Loops that we think are extra special.
Wind Cave National Park might be one of the most fascinating in the entire National Park System. Although it’s one of the smaller National Parks, established in 1903 by President Teddy Roosevelt, it has quite a bit to offer for its size.
The Badlands National Park has to be one of the most fascinating and unique places to visit in the entire National Park System. Located in the rolling prairies of South Dakota, it might be one of the more remote parks but is also one of the largest encompassing almost 250,000 acres.