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Great Road Trips: Central States

You’ll want to take these road trips in the central states.

1 / 10

North Dakota
The Lewis and Clark riverboat plies the Missouri between Bismarck and Mandan.

Take this drive: North Dakota Sampler

2 / 10

South Dakota
Mt. Rushmore National Memorial immortalizes four U.S. presidents.

Take this drive: Badlands Black Hills

3 / 10

Minnesota: North Shore Drive
Gooseberry Falls, in the state park of the same name, has five magnificent cascades of tumbling water tinged root-beer brown by leached minerals from the soil and foliage.

Take this drive: North Shore Drive

4 / 10

Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa
Lake Pepin, a narrow 12-mile-long section of the Mississippi River, is bounded by forests and craggy bluffs.

Take this drive: Great River Road

5 / 10

Michigan
Anchored on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, the town of Ludington is just a four-hour ferry ride from Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Take this drive: Lake Michigan Tour

6 / 10

Nebraska
The High Plains Homestead near Crawford offers rustic accommodations combined with authentic cattle-drive grub.

Take this drive: Nebraska Heartland

7 / 10

Illinois
In the Shawnee National Forest the works of humankind are left behind, and nature steals the scene with an array of lonely lakes and streams, shady gorges and rocky bluffs, and a host of flowering shrubs and leafy hardwoods.

Take this drive: Shawnee Hills Scenic Byway

8 / 10

Kansas
It may once have been ‘Queen of the Cowtowns,’ but Dodge City is fun to visit today.

Take this drive: Kansas East and West

9 / 10

Texas
Within Big Bend the desert exists side by side with two dramatically different environments — those of the Chisos Mountains and the Rio Grande.

Take this drive: Big Bend and Beyond

10 / 10

Louisiana
Jefferson Island’s Rip Van Winkle Gardens mimics the tranquil Zen gardens of Japan. The area is noted for its botanical treasures.

Take this drive: Bayou Byways

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