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Things to see and do

The Vegas Strip

Vegas isn’t for everyone, but touring its iconic “Strip,” the main street running through Sin City, is a memorable experience. With flashing neon lights, casinos built to look like Egyptian pyramids and Parisian and New York landscapes, the Strip offers plenty to keep visitors busy.

Niagara Falls

The 12,000 year old falls straddle the Canada-US border and are accessible by both sides. Various look-out points offer birds-eye views of the falls, though tour operators are also available to provide closer access by boat or helicopter.

The Mall of America

America’s largest mall, the Mall of American Bloomington, Minnesota, has more than 400 stores, 20+ restaurants, an aquarium, 14 theatres, 12,000 employees; it’s a place that’s easy to get lost in. It has been a tourist attraction in its own right, both for domestic and international travellers, since opening in 1992.

Black Hills

Discover the natural beauty of the Black Hills and Wind Cave National Park, then see the annual Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park (www.sdgfp.info), when cowboys bring in a thundering herd of 1,500 bison.

Get soaked

Dip in the waters of Evans Plunge Indoor Water Park, soaking in the hot springs once jealously guarded by Indians of the Black Hills.

Sioux Falls

Visit Sioux Falls (website: www.siouxfalls.com) and see the same waterfalls that drew buffalo hunters and early fur traders. Catch up on history at various museums and historical sites, including the Center for Western Studies, the Old Courthouse Museum, St Joseph’s Cathedral and the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science.

Tour an active dig

Visit the Mammoth Site (www.mammothsite.com), and tour an active dig to see bones and fossils of Woolly Mammoths and other Ice Age creatures.

Jewel Cave National Monument

Explore Jewel Cave National Monument near Custer, the second-longest cave in the world with 226km (141 miles) of tunnels. Lantern tours are offered in summer (www.nps.gov/jeca).

Mount Rushmore

Gaze up in awe at four former presidents carved into the face of Mount Rushmore. Work began on this massive ‘Shrine of Democracy’ in 1927 and took 14 years to complete (website: www.nps.gov/moru).

Crazy Horse Memorial

Visit the Crazy Horse Memorial (www.crazyhorse.org) in the Black Hills, the largest mountain carving in the world. It has been a work in progress since 1948, and is a memorial to the spirit of Lakota chief Crazy Horse.

Woolly Mammoths and hot springs

Dip in the waters of Evans Plunge Indoor Water Park, soaking in the hot springs once jealously guarded by Indians of the Black Hills. Visit the Mammoth Site (www.mammothsite.com), and tour an active dig to see bones and fossils of Woolly Mammoths and other Ice Age creatures.

Badlands National Park

Marvel at the scenery of Badlands National Park (www.nps.gov/badl), 98,785 hectares (244,000 acres) of striking rock formations including steep canyons, jagged spires, bands of colourful rocks and mixed-grass prairies. Camping grounds and cabins are available to visitors.

Fort Pierre

Discover the real Wild West across the Missouri River in Fort Pierre (www.fortpierre.com), South Dakota’s capital. Follow the trail of explorers Lewis and Clark, see rodeo riders in action, visit the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center or go hunting and fishing.

Dodge City

Step back in time in the restored cattle town of Dodge City, where lawmen Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp earned their fame. Visit the Boot Hill Museum, which recreates the Boot Hill Cemetery and Front Street as they looked in the 1870s.

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo

Watch the action at the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo (www.visitdodgecity.org), known as the ‘Greatest Show on Dirt,’ held every August, wrapping up the ProRodeo Tour.

Eisenhower Center

Tour the Eisenhower Center (www.dwightdeisenhower.com) in Abilene, which houses the Eisenhower family home from 1898 to 1946, as well as a museum and library.

Sternberg Museum of Natural History

See the famous ‘fish within a fish’ fossil at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History (www.oceansofkansas.com/sternbrg.html) in Hays. Kansas was once a huge inland sea, which left vast deposits of limestone. Significant fossils have been unearthed around Gove County and are on display at the Sternberg Museum.

Wichita

Explore the museums of Wichita, the largest city in Kansas, famed today for aircraft manufacture, and home to the Museums on the River District, which includes an art museum and botanical garden. The Old Cowtown Museum introduces visitors to the cattle days of the 1870s with an open-air history exhibit.

Topeka

Visit Kansas’s capital, Topeka (www.visittopeka.travel), boasting the Kansas Museum of History, the Kansas State Capitol, dating back to 1866, and the Topeka Zoological Park.

Lebanon

Stand at the geographical centre point of the entire USA, marked by the stone monument 3km (2 miles) northwest of Lebanon on the northern border of the state.