Miles and miles of plains stretching into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The Great Plains is where our wheels took us this week as we traverse the country in search of some of our members' best photos of the United States of America
. From fields to rock formations, the heartland of America served as a pristine backdrop and made us feel like Ansel Adams.
The windswept plains, the wavin' wheat, The Sooner State
was our first pit stop up tornado alley. We took in the sights of Oklahoma City
, including the OKC Memorial
before heading into the country to see the miles of oil derricks lining the highway.
Photo by Vanilla Sugar Photo by Sail Army
The serenity of the miles and miles of flat fields is just what we needed when we got to Kansas. As we slowly departed from the cities, The Sunflower State
let us breathe the clean fresh, sunflowery air. While some people may not think the prairie is the most beautiful scenery, the National Preserve
is not to be missed!
Photo by smallplasticman Photo by smallplasticman
The Cornhusker State
was another state that let us crank down the windows and enjoy the beauty of the heartland of America. Old grain elevators and hay bales stretched as far as the eye could see, and we made sure to catch a game at Memorial Stadium
before we parted.
Photo by btwood2 Photo by Tracy T
Pictures say a thousand words, and we have ones from Mount Rushmore State
to prove it. The eponymous landmark
is iconic for its pristine granite and makes a great photo op from any angle. And is there any more alien a landscape in the continental USA as the Badlands
Photo by amillionmilestogo Photo by catsholiday
"Dakota" means friend or friendly in the Lakota-Sioux language, and the locals proved this to be true in The Peace Garden State
(yeah, we didn't see that state nickname coming either). With natural treasures like Teddy Roosevelt National Park
and picturesque towns like Grand Forks
, we felt bad about ever making a Fargo
Photo by RoBoNC Photo by AmeliaK
The Treasure State had plenty of just that; an abundance of natural phenomena were feasts to our senses. From the aptly named Big Sky to the absolutely must-see-in-your-lifetime Glacier National Park, Montana truly showed that it is an American treasure.
Photo by Mr. Wonka Photo by btwood2
From treasures to The Gem State
, we felt like we were shopping at Cartier. Rightly so, as we passed through the old mining towns of Silver City
and there mining-town charm. The scenery outside of the towns was just as beautiful as the rest of the area, with stretches of fields heading into the mountains.
Photo by oldscrach Photo by Wildcat Dianne
The end of our tour of the Great Plains, The Cowboy State
was the perfect place to set up camp. If you have never experienced the beauty of Yellowstone National Park
, stop what you are doing, get in your car and drive there. And with Grand Tetons
nearby, there is no time like now for a road trip.
Photo by Binaya Photo by Lorengul
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