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Spanning from North Dakota to Kansas, the Great Plains region is characterized by sweeping grasslands, roaming buffalo herds, and pioneer history that shaped the American West. Visitors can embrace the cowboy spirit at a dude ranch, see wildlife in places like Teddy Roosevelt National Park, or explore the culture and cuisine of vibrant cities like Kansas City, Des Moines and Omaha.

Bison at Custer State Park

Wildlife Watching and Vista Views in Custer State Park

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Over 71,000 acres in the storied Black Hills, Custer State Park is South Dakota's most extensive and first state park. Named for famed explorer Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer, the park protects a sprawling wilderness of prairie grasslands, granite peaks, and plentiful wildlife.
Central Courtyard of Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, North Dakota

Fort Union, A Trading Post on the American Frontier

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Lying on the banks of the Missouri River sits Fort Union Trading Post. It was at one time the most important trading post in the entire region for both Native Americans and settlers. The fort has been preserved and turned into a National Historic Site for future generations to experience life on the open prairie.
King and Queen Rock at Palisades State Park, South Dakota

Explore the Pink Cliffs and Quartzite Formations of South Dakota’s Palisades State Park

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Situated just south of Garretson, South Dakota, lies the unique landscape of Palisades State Park. Spanning 157 acres, it may be one of the state's smallest parks but offers big scenery in towering cliffs and rock formations carved out of pink Sioux quartzite.
Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa, Iowa

Discover the Rugged Beauty of Iowa’s Maquoketa Caves State Park

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With its winding trails, mysterious caves, and breathtaking limestone formations, Maquoketa Caves State Park offers a one-of-a-kind adventure in northeast Iowa. Located northwest of Maquoketa, this park protects over 450 acres of distinctive natural landscapes ready to be explored.
Covered Wagon at Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska

Trek Back in Time at Scotts Bluff National Monument

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Rising dramatically above the plains of western Nebraska, the iconic bluffs of Scotts Bluff National Monument beckoned pioneers traveling westward in the 19th century. Today, this National Park Service site allows visitors to explore the landmark's rugged cliffs and follow in the footsteps of history.
Milky Way over Monument Rocks, Kansas

Explore Kansas’ Giant Chalk Pyramids

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Nestled within the city of Wichita, Kansas sits one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest prairie homes, The Allen House. Built for one of the state’s governors, this home has since became a popular attraction in the area. 
Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City, Kansas

Relive the Wild West at Dodge City’s Boot Hill Museum

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Boot scoot to the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City, Kansas, for a thrilling journey back into frontier life. This non-profit museum captures the spirit and legends of the Old West through immersive exhibits and entertainment.
Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

See Mount Rushmore, An American Landmark

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Mount Rushmore has long been a famed American landmark. Its large sculpted depiction of four United States presidents has been observed since the 1930s. Before it was known as an American icon, learn about its history as the “The Six Grandfathers”.
Iowa 80, Walcott, Iowa

Fuel Up and Explore the World’s Largest Truck Stop

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Along Interstate 80 in Walcott, Iowa, sits a must-visit roadside attraction for professional truck drivers and road trippers - the mega Iowa 80 Truck Stop. Spanning over 220 acres with parking for 900 big rigs, this truck stop earned the Guinness World Record title as the planet's most significant.
World's Largest Buffalo Statue in Jamestown, North Dakota

Meet the World’s Largest Buffalo

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Named “Dakota Thunder” the World’s Largest Buffalo is located in Jamestown, North Dakota. Its heritage lies in the states deep history of buffalo herds which prompted its construction in the 1950s. Today it is an iconic tourist attraction for the region.

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