Or driving, in the case of Nebraska; three state high points a 48-hour, 1,500-mile adventure
Rick Metcalf/Special to The Explorer, Arms outstretched, Todd Heckel stands on top a pillar marking the point where Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska intersect.
Rick Metcalf/Special to The Explorer, Mid-April may be the best time of year to visit Mount Rushmore and avoid the crowds. Visitors pass through the Grande Promenade, where flags from all 50 states are flown atop granite pillars with plaques describing how Mount Rushmore was constructed.
Rick Metcalf/Special to The Explorer, Known as a 'drive-up' high point, Nebraska's Tallest point is at an elevation of 5,424 feet, taking minimal effort to reach. There is a lone pillar on Panorama Point.
Rick Metcalf/Special to The Explorer, At an elevation of 7,242 feet, South Dakota's highest point, Harney Peak, is ranked as the 15th-highest high point in the United States. The author and his nephew traveled for 48 hours attempting to reach the highest points in three states, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska.
Rick Metcalf/Special to The Explorer, Honey-covered fields highlighted with deep drifts of snow can be seen surrounding North Dakota's high point.