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Old 08-19-2016, 07:23 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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A lot already covered here so I'll list some gorgeous spots in my neighboring state to the north, Colorado.


Telluride (the best mountain town anywhere in the US)
Durango, Silverton, & Ouray along the Million Dollar Highway (most scenic mountain drive in Colorado)
Hwy 50 through the Arkansas River Canyon
Leadville (highest town in US over 10,000 feet) and Buena Vista
Pikes Peak/Garden of the Gods/Manitou Springs
Rocky Mountain National Park/Estes Park

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Old 08-19-2016, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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if you're near the South Dakota Badlands and want to visit a nuclear missile launch silo...

https://www.nps.gov/mimi/planyourvisit/hours.htm
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Old 08-19-2016, 03:07 PM
 
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Oh, I want to add the UP of Michigan, especially if you'll be camping. Go to Copper Harbor and take the ferry to Isle Royale and camp among the wolves. And one of the coolest places to visit on the UP is Fayette Historic Townsite near Garden - an abandoned mining town. If you're lucky you'll meet someone there with a yacht who'll take you over to Door County, WI. You could bike around Mackinac Island, too, if you're feeling grand.

In Northern WI, 53 from Duluth to Eau Claire is a beautiful drive. But you should really kayak the Apostle Islands first. So gorgeous! If you don't have your own kayak, there are companies that lead kayak tours. And visit Ashland and Bayfield while you're up there.

If you want to go someplace creepy, go to Stelle in Northern Illinois. It was a 1970s doomsday cult that evolved into an HOA in the absolute middle of nowhere. It's impossible to find, but if you do get there make sure you don't turn into a pod person! You can stay overnight in their communal hall for really cheap. I did, and was sure that I'd be murdered during the night. But I wasn't.

Indiana actually does have some pretty places. The Mansfield area has a bunch of nice old covered bridges. While you're in the area go canoeing down Sugar Creek and camp in Turkey Run State Park. Nashville (near the college town of Bloomington) is in a beautiful area for camping, and the town is an artists' colony.

In Kentucky, the Land Between the Lakes recreation area south of Paducah is gorgeous, and I love The Homeplace - I've been there twice.

I forgot to mention this obscure place in Oklahoma. You'll love it if you're interested in weird things: Ed Galloway's World's Largest Concrete Totem Pole near the town of Foyil in NE OK. It's not just the one totem pole, but a bunch of other elaborate concrete buildings like the Fiddle House. It's peaceful and weird and awesome.
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Old 08-19-2016, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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Teton National Park, Wyoming, and so close to Yellowstone you need to do both. Arguably the best mountain range in North America, though Canada and North Cascades in Washington State could make a claim.
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:45 AM
 
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Northern Arkansas.
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:48 PM
 
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Great recommendations, rep all around. I'm into the quirky stuff like the big ball of twine and Gas Station Jesus, glad posters are jumping in with those suggestions too.

If you're road-tripping through the Badlands/ Mt. Rushmore area, and you're looking for quirky Americana kitsch, also worth checking out is the Corn Palace:

Mitchell Corn Palace, SD | Official Website

And if you're interested, you can book a semi-private caving experience with a park ranger in Jewel or Wind cave. You'll need to supply most of your own gear/padding.
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Old 08-22-2016, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Xtreme SW Tennessee
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SO agree with: Smoky Mountains (NOT the tourist trap shopping malls & mini golf type stuff but the actual mountains!
The waterfalls, rocky creeks & tumbledowns. The coves & valleys. The drive up the mountain to the Gap & Clingman's dome is breathtaking in places

Travel on OVER the mountains thru Cherokee to Asheville. That drive, even on the interstate is beautiful. Then take in Biltmore & it's grounds. (Vanderbilt Estate) They boast EVERY species of azalea grown in North America (spring blooming).

The Blue Ridge Parkway on into Virginia. TheGeorge Washing National Forest

The Ozarks

Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Happy Trails!!!!
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:47 PM
 
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If you're road-tripping through the Badlands/ Mt. Rushmore area, and you're looking for quirky Americana kitsch, also worth checking out is the Corn Palace:

Mitchell Corn Palace, SD | Official Website

And if you're interested, you can book a semi-private caving experience with a park ranger in Jewel or Wind cave. You'll need to supply most of your own gear/padding.

^^^ Also worthy of a visit in the area is the Oglala Lakota College Historical Center in the Pine Ridge Reservation. It provides a historical perspective of the area and the Lakota people, as dramatized in such films as Dances With Wolves (shot partially in the surrounding areas) and Little Big Man (involving the Lakota and Crazy Horse). Then visit the Wounded Knee Massacre site.
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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I am originally from Ohio so I will say Ohio. OH.
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