Where can you find grasslands, fossils, sand dunes, and a Stonehenge replica made out of cars? The Midwest, that’s where. Lakeside shorelines are home to summer vacation communities, while heavy snowfall turns mountains into popular skiing and snowboarding destinations. And in the shoulder seasons, springtime blooms and fall foliage turn the landscapes into picture-perfect road trip routes. The Midwest is also home to the beginning section of Route 66, a can’t-miss for dedicated roadtrippers.
Top road trips in the Midwest
A collection of our favorite road trips to take in the Midwest
National park spotlight: Badlands National Park
Badlands offers something for everyone, including hikers, amateur geologists, dinosaur lovers, and stargazers. Wildlife spotters should keep their eyes peeled for American bison, bighorn sheep, and prairie dogs.
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