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Colorado: The spectacular Royal Gorge

Royal Gorge is a wonderful natural marvel in itself, a 1000 foot plus deep gorge cut through the mountains by the Arkansas River. Early pioneers to the area recognized the beauty of the spot and also it provided an access route for the railways through the mountains. The railroad passes through the base of the narrow gorge just feet away from the bubbling rapids of the Arkansas.
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South Dakota: Crazy Horse Memorial

Brule Lakota Henry Standing Bear was born near Pierre, South Dakota, along the Missouri River around 1874. In 1933 he heard that there were plans to build a monument to his cousin Crazy Horse at Fort Robinson where he had met his end. Standing Bear and the Lakota Sioux were determined that any such monument should be built in the Black Hill mountains of South Dakota which had a spiritual significance to his Nation. The monument is being carved out of Thunderhead Mountain, on land considered sacred by some Oglala Lakota, roughly 17 miles (27 km) from Mount Rushmore. When, and if, it gets finished it will dwarf Mount Rushmore
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South Dakota: Pine Ridge Reservation – Wounded Knee

Since coming to live in the United States I have enjoyed discovering more about the history and culture of the Country. As with any country  the United States has had bright and dark moments. During our road trip through South Dakota I decided to explore one of the darker episodes, with a visit the site of Wounded Knee, which is found in the Oglala Sioux reservation, and is the site of the last battle between the US military and the Sioux.
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Colorado: Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is in southern Colorado. It’s known for huge dunes like the towering Star Dune, and for the seasonal Medano Creek and beach created at the base of the dunes. The park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America, rising about 750 feet (230 m) from the floor of the San Luis Valley.
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Ohio: Cleveland – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, museum and hall of fame in Cleveland that celebrates the history and cultural significance of rock music and honours the contributions of those who have played an important role in the music's creation and dissemination
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The Ingalls Home In De Smet, South Dakota

South Dakota: De Smet – Ingalls Family Home

As we have traveled around the United States we have adopted some strange challenges. One of these has been to visit the locations of where the Ingalls family, of Little House on the Prairie fame, once lived. One of the places they called home was the small town of De Smet in South Dakota.
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Idaho: Lapwai – Nez Perce National Historic Site

Traveling through northern Idaho towards Washington we decided to stop at the Nez Perce National Historical Park at Spalding. This area was originally known as Lapwai by the Nez Perce, but was renamed Spalding after the Reverand Henry Spalding a missionary who came amongst the Nez Perce to convert them to Christianity.
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Ohio: Berlin

The Amish and Mennonites have been depicted in many movies and feature in documentaries and reality TV programs. We wanted to find out more behind the peaceful and simple cultures so we headed to Berlin, OH in Holmes County, where there is the highest density of Amish and Mennonites in America.
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South Dakota Air & Space Museum On Ellsworth Airforce Base

South Dakota: Rapid City – South Dakota Air and Space Museum

I still get excited when I get the chance to visit a new museum dedicated to air and space, so when I discovered on our journey through South Dakota the South Dakota Air & Space Museum at Ellsworth Airforce Base I jumped at the chance to visit.Like many such aerospace museums there was plenty of interesting aircraft on display. There are over 30 vintage military aircraft ranging from World War II bombers to the modern-day B-1.
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Montana: Little Bighorn

The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument consists of museum exhibits, an interpretive centre, and ranger-led programs that commemorates the site of the Indian victory over Custer's 7th Cavalry which was one of the last armed efforts of the Northern Plains Indians to preserve their ancestral way of life.
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