A behemoth figure rising just outside of Crested Butte, CO. An incredible view from all angles, and a provider of many picturesque moments. Worth visiting if you are planning a trip anywhere near central Colorado, as it is one of the rare mountains you can approach by car all the way up to its base. A rare and worthy find by anyone willing to venture near it.
A ghost town located in the Uncompahgre Wilderness near Silverton, CO. Hosting an array of abandoned shacks and mining facilities, this area is approachable by 4x4 roads only. A daring venture based on weather and road conditions, but worth it to those who value history and isolation.
One of the most notable lakes at the base of the Grand Teton Mountains, about 40 minutes outside of Jackson, WY. Perfect for swimming, kayaking or just taking in a nice view. Water temperatures remain fairly cold due to the main source being run-off from the Teton snow, but refreshing nonetheless.
Castle Rock Badlands
A unsuspecting cluster of canyons and limestone structures located roughly an hour from the KS/CO border. South of Wakeeney, KS, this spot is a perfect stop for those needing a break from the Kansas Prairies. It can be difficult to find, so consult a GPS or the local county office for specific directions.
This scenic pass lies on the border of WY/MT. It also acts as an entrance to Yellowstone Park, and provides an awe-inspiring trip the entire drive. Roughly located 30 minutes south of Red Lodge, MT.
Going To The Sun Road
This iconic road located in the heart of Glacier National Park provides a tour of the parks greatest sights. Acting as an artery for the park, it provides well-paved roads and many access signs, along with camp sights on the west side of the park. Closed occasionally during winter/spring due to weather.
A hidden gem in western Kansas, with spiking popularity among travelers. Regarded as one of the several "Wonders of Kansas", this cluster of limestone structures remains open to the public to explore. A reminder of the ocean that covered the plains of Kansas millions of years ago.
A mountain pass located in the heart of Colorado. Worth getting out of you car and exploring during any trip through the state. Also a marker for the continental divide, standing at 13,000 feet above sea-level.
If you want the best view (or most elevated) in the eastern part of the midwest, try out the skydeck view inside Willis Tower. Located in the heart of Chicago, this 108-story building is an iconic part of the city, and hosts the best vantage point of any downtown skyscraper.
Not necessarily a landmark, this photo depicts an abandoned mining facility within the small town of Peculiar, MO. It can be found west of the town via GPS, but accessing the mounds of sand can prove very difficult for most people. Access is not specified, so approach with your own discretion.
Located at the base of Gothic mountain, this valley is full with wildlife, and is constantly under supervision from the small research facility located within the heart of the valley. There are also several cabins owned by locals, waterfalls and forests located within the range of the valley as well.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
An iconic park located in south/central Colorado, this place hosts the best of both worlds. Massive dunes of sand lie at the base of the rocky mountains, and are accessible by foot, after a traversing a shallow river. Worth visiting for anyone near or south of Pueblo, CO.
For locals in eastern Kansas, this location hosts a great lake to spend the day just west of Lawrence. Home to several campsites and numerous opportunities such as hiking, cycling and kayaking.
Frozen over in the winter, flowing in the summer. A beautiful lake inside of Rocky Mountain National Park, and just an hour outside of Estes Park, CO. No matter which season you visit during, it's a wondrous sight to behold, and if you're willing press further into the mountains, even more beautiful lakes await.