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25 Essential Drives for a U.S. Road Trip

National Geographic Logo By Maryellen Kennedy Duckett of National Geographic | Slide 1 of 25: Why play a video game when you can drive through one? Guaranteed to get the kids off their screens, the roughly 30-mile ride through Badlands National Park transports travelers into an out-of-this-world landscape of twisted canyons, striped rock walls, native grasslands, and fantastic spires.

Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway, Cactus Flat to Wall

Why play a video game when you can drive through one? Guaranteed to get the kids off their screens, the roughly 30-mile ride through Badlands National Park transports travelers into an out-of-this-world landscape of twisted canyons, striped rock walls, native grasslands, and fantastic spires.

© Photograph by Stephen St. John, National Geographic Creative

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