Place Bucket List (Mountain Plains Edition)

This post is the eighth and final in my Place Bucket List series inspired by Adventures in Preservation, which asked readers what buildings were on our bucket lists.

*Note: The regions I have given these states in this and upcoming posts are how I have come to rationalize them for this purpose (and to prevent any one post from being too long), not necessarily how these regions are defined by any government entity.

North Dakota:

  • Geographical Center of North America, Rugby, ND
  • International Peace Garden
  • Little Missouri National Grasslands
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park

South Dakota:

  • Mt. Rushmore
  • Badlands National Park
  • Corn Palace
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Custer State Park


  • Pictograph Cave State Park
  • Granite Ghost Town State Park
  • Helena
  • Missoula
  • Glacier National Park
  • Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
  • Gallatin National Forest


  • Topeka
  • Nicodemus National Historic Site
  • 4-State Lookout
  • Abilene
  • Dodge City
  • Garden of Eden
  • Geographic Center of 48 Contiguous States
  • World’s Largest Ball of Twine
  • Yellow Brick Road


  • Carhenge
  • Lincoln
  • Omaha
  • Pony Express Station
  • Chimney Rock National Historic Site


  • 426 Miles of Route 66
  • Tulsa
  • Mount Olivet Cemetery
  • Oklahoma City
  • Sequoyah’s Cabin


  • Jackson Hole
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Devils Tower National Monument
  • Fort Laramie National Historic Site
  • Cody
  • Ten Sleep


  • Denver
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Rimrock Drive
  • Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour
  • Crested Butte


  • Boise
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
  • Old Mission State Park
  • Idaho Falls

Think I missed something?  It’s definitely possible, so let me know.  As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

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