1 Gateway Arch, St Louis, MO

Ride the pod-like tram (trolley) to the top of this iconic monument, or simply admire its majestic symmetry from the riverside park below.

2 BBQ in Kansas City, MO

Sample some of America’s finest (and sauciest) brisket, hickory-smoked ribs and “burnt ends”.

3 Route 66, OK

Oklahoma boasts 400 miles of this iconic roadway, lined with classic Americana, diners and rolling grassland scenery.

4 Price Tower, Bartlesville, OK

Spend the night in Frank Lloyd Wright’s only skyscraper, a stylish, copper-clad 1950s time capsule.

5 Nebraska State Capitol, NE

Soaring above the plains like a fantastical, Byzantine skyscraper, this has to be one of America’s most enthralling capitol buildings.

6 The Black Hills, SD

Where the Midwest meets the West: prairie dogs, buffalo, hiking trails and caves galore, and the behemoth stone sculptures of Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse.

7 Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND

Venture further north for a look at the softly eroded, untrammelled landscape that helped inspire a rancher to the US presidency.

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