Affordable adventures can be found in some of the most unexpected spot. If you’re planning a cross-country road trip or want to spend a long weekend enjoying some unique sights, consider a few of these places:
1. Meade, Kansas
Meade, Kansas, with a population of less than 2,000, is the home of the Dalton Gang hideout. This historical site includes the actual tunnel that the infamous gang built as a mean of escaping law enforcement. During a trip to Meade, visitors can also enjoy some time at nearby Meade Lake. Nearby Kansas towns with something to offer include Liberal, the home of Dorothy Gale’s house.
2. Springfield, Illinois
Most states have a town named “Springfield,” but few of those towns have the historical significance and amazing attractions that can be found in Springfield, IL. This state capital is the location of several Lincoln sites. Americana enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to Bill Shea’s Gas Station Museum located on the legendary Route 66, which runs through Springfield. Outdoor activities abound here as well, especially for those who enjoy water sports.
3. Oklahoma’s Chickasaw Country
Locals claim that Oklahoma’s Highway 7 features more kicks than Route 66, and they might be right. Lakes, national parks, beautiful waterfalls and more can be found here in the heart of America. Gaming in Chickasaw Country includes all the popular casino gambling options as well as Oklahoma-style dining and entertainment. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the lush courses in the area.
4. Central Iowa
Politicians aren’t the only ones looking to Iowa these days. Outdoor enthusiasts have found plenty to do in central Iowa. The High Trestle Trail that recently opened between Ankeny and Woodward features amazing views of the Des Moines River from a 13-story bridge that spans it. Cyclists, hikers and fans of water sports have been thronging to central Iowa to enjoy the scenery.
5. Jefferson City, Missouri
Few capital cities in the U.S. are as haunted as Jefferson City, home of the old Missouri State Penitentiary. Ghost tours can be taken through the complex that first opened in 1836. Other attractions for visitors to enjoy here include the Runge Conservation Nature Center and some truly unique museums that share the history of the Show-Me State.
6. Omaha, Nebraska
This small Midwestern city has recently attracted attention with the 2011 opening of TD Ameritrade Park. In addition to basketball tournaments, concerts and other events now held at the new center, Omaha has other great attractions. The Henry Doorly Zoo is one of the world’s most interactive zoos. Visitors can also enjoy trips to the Omaha Children’s Museum, Lauritzen Gardens and the Mormon Trail Center.
7. The Great River Road
Lovers of a traditional road trip will especially enjoy an adventure on the Great River Road. Originally designed as a roadway along the Mississippi River, this continues to be one of the country’s greatest road trips. Those heading north on the road from St. Louis will enjoy several bald eagle sightings, especially in late fall and through the winter months. Historical sites and scenic overlooks are plentiful along the way.
Unique adventures are as plentiful as those wishing to go on them. Get on the road, and explore the world around you.