GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted June 2nd,


    Top 12 Unusual Destinations to Visit
    in the Great Plains


    Happy Camper Blog



    The American
    plains, often referred to as the “great plains,” are often overlooked as a
    travel destination. Characterized by the flat terrain and farmlands, the
    plains lack the visual appeal that some of the southern and coastal states
    possess. With that being said, these states offer much more than what appears
    at first glance, and those that choose to visit are often surprised at the
    amount of interesting sights and activities available. Not surprisingly,
    there are an abundance of unusual attractions to see in the great plains,
    from legendary caves to historical monuments. Take some time to check out the
    plains and make sure to visit these top 12 unusual destinations along the


    1.) Geographical
    Center of North America
    – The small town of Rugby, in
    northern North Dakota, takes pride in their position as the geographical
    center of North America. In 1931, the town erected a fifteen-foot rock
    obelisk that flies both the U.S. and Canadian flags to mark the location.
    Visitors to this attraction can buy postcards and take memorable

    2.) Enchanted
    – In the late 20th century, the town of
    Regent, in southwest North Dakota, was struggling. Visitors to the town were
    scarce, and the economy was suffering as a result. In 1990, metal sculptor
    Gary Greff came up with a plan to attract tourists by creating massive sculptures
    along the Regency-Gladstone Road. So far, seven of these sculptures have been
    built, one of which was named the world’s largest scrap metal sculpture by
    the Guinness Book of World Records.

    Enchanted Highway Pheasants on the
  Prairie (Sculptures along the Enchanted Highway,

    South Dakota

    – Ever wondered what a small cowboy town would
    have felt like in the late 1800’s? The 1880 Town in Stamford, central South
    Dakota will give you a pretty good idea. The “town” was built by a
    movie company in 1969 as a set for a western. The movie was abandoned shortly
    after production began and the set was given to Richard Hullinger, the owner
    of the land. Over the years, Hullinger has collected historical artifacts to
    add to the town and several attractions to give it a more authentic feel. It
    is a surreal place to visit and one that anyone traveling through South
    Dakota should check out.

    4.) Chief
    Crazy Horse Memorial
    – Most people traveling through
    South Dakota will go out of their way to visit Mt. Rushmore. For a more
    unique experience, check out the massive sculpture of Chief Crazy Horse in
    Crazy Horse, western South Dakota. Standing an incredible 563 feet high and
    641 feet long, this sculpture is actually bigger than Mt. Rushmore. Make sure
    to check out the nearby museum that sheds light on the history of Chief Crazy
    Horse and the process that went into making the sculpture.

    Presidential Wax Museum
    – One of the more interesting
    wax museums in the country lies in Keystone, western South Dakota. Most wax
    museums mold their creations after famous celebrities, but the National
    Presidential Wax Museum pays tribute to each President of the United States.
    The Presidents are molded at pivotal times during their terms, such as Nixon
    speaking with the Apollo astronauts from inside their space capsule, and
    George W. Bush standing with a New York firefighter after September 11th. The
    museum is a fascinating attraction and well worth a

    Chief Crazy Horse (Chief Crazy Horse Memorial, Christopher,
    Tania & Isabelle Luna


    6.) Museum
    of the Fur Trade
    – Fur trading is one of the oldest
    business practices in the United States. In the country’s early years, people
    had to rely on the fur of animals to stay warm. One of the best places to
    learn about this trade, and the effect it had on the national economy is at
    the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, northwest Nebraska. This museum had
    some fascinating exhibits on display including a parka made entirely of seal


    7.) Kansas
    Underground Salt Museum
    – The Kansas Underground Salt
    Museum in Hutchinson, central Kansas, is not your typical mine. There are no
    narrow passageways or dirt floors here, instead, it is one massive 67 mile
    long room. Visitors here are given tours on electric trams, stopping at the
    numerous exhibits on display.

    8.) Subterra
    – For a home tour unlike anything you have
    seen, check out the Subterra Castle in Shawnee County, eastern Kansas. Ed and
    Dianna Peden were some of the very first people to convert a nuclear missile
    silo into a livable home. Ed bought the silo in 1982 and has spent the last
    36 years renovating it. Tours are arranged through

    Sunset After the Storm (South Haven, Kansas, Lane


    9.) Bonne
    Terre Mine
    – The Bonne Terre Mine was a fully
    functioning lead ore mine until 1962. Not long after the mine shut down,
    fresh groundwater began pouring in, quickly flooding over 88 miles of
    passageways and forming the worlds largest subterranean lake. The owners of
    the mine, Doug and Cathy Georgens, saw an opportunity with the newly formed
    lake, and opened it to the public for tours and scuba divers to

    10.) Ozark
    – The only legal distillery ever created
    in Camden County, central Missouri, has gained a reputation as a must-visit
    place in the “show me state.” Ozark is a family run distillery that
    specializes in making moonshine, vodka, and whiskey. Tours are available
    daily, walking you through the distilling process and offering tastings of
    the various spirits. These tours are free and offer great insight into how
    these popular drinks are made.

    Spring Fields (Fields near Springfield, Missouri, Heath


    11.) Spook
    – The spook cave in Mcregor, northeast Iowa,
    adds a fun twist to the traditional cave tours across the country. There is
    no walking inside the cave, instead you float through on a canoe, learning
    about the discovery and development of the cave. Anyone looking to escape the
    hot summer heat will love a visit here.

    and Clark Interpretative Center
    – In 1806, Lewis and
    Clark made history as the first Americans to cross the western portion of the
    United States. Their journey, from what is modern day St. Louis to the coast
    of Oregon, helped America gain a better understanding of the land and
    established contact with many different Native American tribes. The Sioux
    City Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Sioux City, western Iowa,
    commemorates their voyage and showcases exhibits about how they completed it.
    History lovers will enjoy learning about what these early Americans endured
    to help expand our nation.

    Corn Fields, Iowa Farm 7-13 (Traditional Cornfield in Lyon, Iowa,