Top 10 Things to Do in The Heartland

Make the most of your time in the United States – get out and explore!


1. Immerse yourself in cowboy culture

Outfit yourself in Western apparel, visit a steakhouse, and watch a live cattle auction at the historic Stockyards City in Oklahoma.

2. Explore Knife River Indian Villages

Continental explorers Lewis and Clark met famous Native American interpreter Sacagawea at one of these Villages near the Knife River. Take a hike, go fishing, and explore the remains of two Northern Plains villages at this historic site in North Dakota.

3. Visit Badlands National Park

Explore the canyons, spires, and buttes of this South Dakota park, home of amazing fossil beds.

4. Hike the Presidential Trail

Get up close and personal with George, Thomas, Teddy, and Abe at Mount Rushmorenear Keystone, South Dakota. This easy walk includes the best views of the massive monument and a visit to the studio where the lead sculptor worked.

5. Discover Deadwood

Take a look inside the Wild West – outlaws and all – at this former Wild West town in South Dakota. Take a tour, watch a dramatic street performance, or explore a century-old gold mine.

6. Go river tanking

Spend a lazy afternoon floating down river in an old livestock feeding tank. This crazy-sounding activity is popular in Nebraska! Bring a camera and enjoy the calm and beautiful scenery of the prairie.

7. See a NASCAR race

Visit Kansas Speedway and experience the thrill of live stock car racing, one of America’s popular sports.

8.  See the view from the top of Gateway Arch

Take a short tram ride to the top of America’s tallest monument. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, this 630-foot-tall arch has spectacular views of the Mississippi River and the city.

9. See America’s largest mall

Not many shopping centers boast hundreds of shops and restaurants, plus an aquarium, and an indoor amusement park. You’ll find them all in Minnesota’s Mall of America.

10. Visit the “Field of Dreams” baseball diamond

Play catch, run the bases, and relax in the bleachers of a baseball diamond cut on an Iowa cornfield for a 1989 Kevin Costner film.

Stay safe and have fun!


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