Road Trip Revival – The Southern Plains

Part seven of Road Trip Revival takes us into America’s Southern Plains. With six My Place Hotels along the way, you’ll never have to worry about where to stay on your next adventure!

The Southern Plains explore the sights and attractions near six My Place Hotels, ranging from the breathtaking mountains of Colorado, to the historically significant battlefields of Missouri, all the way down to the scenic canyons and plains of Texas. While all of these sites and attractions could keep you busy for a month, My Place Hotels is here to serve as your go-to hotel every step of the way.

Remember, you can always Explore More with My Place®!

My Place Hotel-Lubbock, TX

Known as the Hub City of Northern Texas, Lubbock boasts a wide variety of adventures for all walks of life. Whether you’re looking to learn more about the heritage of the old west or are intrigued to explore the first designated cultural district in Texas, Lubbock is the place to be.

The scenic Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway lies just over 100 miles northeast of My Place Hotel-Lubbock, TX.

Wind and water over the eons shaped the rugged beauty of Caprock Canyons State Park in the Panhandle of Texas. Today, bison roam the plains, bats roost in Clarity Tunnel, and you can explore 90 miles of trails.

Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

On the way from Caprock Canyons State Park to My Place Hotel-Amarillo, TX you might just stumble upon the Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

Palo Duro Canyon is the most spectacular and scenic landscape feature in the Texas Panhandle. It was formed by millions of years of water erosion by the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River and the West Texas wind.

Source: Partners In Palo Duro Canyon Foundation

My Place Hotel-Amarillo, TX

Amarillo blends rugged cowboy culture with big-city sophistication. Accented by a wide assortment of opportunities for adventure in places like Palo Duro Canyon and the Alibates Flint Quarries, you’re sure to stay busy on your next trip to Texas! To make your trip to Texas even more exciting, the historically iconic Route 66 runs right through the heart of Amarillo offering you the opportunity to go on an entirely new adventure across the US!

The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, approximately 180 miles to the southwest of My Place Hotel-Colorado Springs, CO, might just be one of our favorite destinations on our road trip across America.

Open all day and night, year round, the tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience a starry sky on a moonless nights, or a surreal walk on the dunes under bright full moonlight.

Source: National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

My Place Hotel-Colorado Springs, CO

There is no shortage of outdoor adventures in Colorado Springs. Options range from zip-lining to whitewater rafting, leisurely strolls on miles of scenic trails, or heart-pounding hikes up mountains. On a trip to Colorado Springs, CO, you’ll likely need several days to take in all of the excitement and effervescent flavor of the Pikes Peak region!

A short 15 mile drive to the south of My Place Hotel-Colorado Springs, CO is the Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark.

Explore Colorado Springs’ paradise in one magical stop. Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark. Imagine dramatic views, 300′ towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. This world-class Visitor & Nature Center and museum is the most visited attraction in the region with all new interactive exhibits. Delight in one of Colorado’s most photographed views while eating in our glass-enclosed café or from our terrace overlooking Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. Where else can you eat inside a postcard?

Source: Garden of the Gods Visitor Center

Just under 40 miles to the east of My Place Hotel-Loveland, CO is Rocky Mountain National Park.

415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road – which crests at over 12,000 feet including many overlooks to experience the subalpine and alpine worlds – along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and fun times. In a world of superlatives, Rocky is on top!

Source: National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

My Place Hotel-Loveland, CO

There’s a lot to love about Loveland. The city sits in Colorado’s foothills, shadowed by the Rocky Mountains to the west, the city of Fort Collins to the north, and Denver to the south. Loveland offers outdoor enthusiasts an abundance of natural areas, parks, miles of trails for hiking and biking, and several expansive lakes.

The quirky Mushroom Rock State Park is just over 200 miles to the west of My Place Hotel-Overland Park, KS.

One of the eight Wonders of Kansas Geography, Mushroom Rock is the smallest, but one of the most unique, state parks in Kansas. The park is only 5 acres but boasts some of the most unusual rock formations anywhere. The rocks served as meeting places and landmarks for Native Americans and early pioneers such as John C. Fremont and Kit Carson.

Source: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

On the way to My Place Hotel-Overland Park, KS, be sure to stop at the Cross Timbers State Park.

This region was a favored hunting and camping ground of Native Americans of the Osage Nation. The forested flood plains, surrounded by terraces of prairie and hills of oak savanna, provide visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in some of the most diverse flora and fauna in Kansas.

Source: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

My Place Hotel-Overland Park, KS

Overland Park, just outside of Kansas City, is a mecca for outdoor activities The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens offer feature five miles of hiking trails, ranging from leisurely strolls to challenging hikes. Another great option is the Indian Creek Hike and Bike Trail which starts in Kansas City and meanders for more than 25 miles. (It even runs through the center of Overland Park!)

46 miles to the north of My Place Hotel-Independence, MO is Weston Bend State Park.

Not far from the hustle and bustle of Kansas City, Weston Bend State Park offers secluded picnic sites and sweeping views of the Missouri River from trails and a scenic overlook accessible to persons with disabilities. A three-mile Paved Bicycle Trail takes hikers and bikers through the park’s woody terrain.

Source: Missouri State Parks, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

My Place Hotel-Independence, MO

The historic city of Independence radiates heartland hospitality, preservation of the American pioneering past, and a smorgasbord of dining options for all. The surrounding area is teeming with outdoor adventures, ranging from nationally recognized golf courses, fishing near waterfalls, to scenic bike paths and hiking trails for all ages.

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield lies just over 170 miles to the southwest of My Place Hotel-Independence, MO.

Wilson’s Creek was the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River, and the site of the death of Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general killed in action. The costly Southern victory on August 10, 1861, focused national attention on the war in Missouri.  Wilson’s Creek NB commemorates and interprets the battle within the context of the war in the Trans-Mississippi West.

Source: National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

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