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The Sandhills

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A particularly scenic section of Hwy-2 meanders and dips for well over three hundred miles from Grand Island toward South Dakota’s Black Hills. It passes through the Sandhills, an otherworldly landscape carpeted with short-grass prairie and softened by delicate wildflowers and shiny ponds. Apart from a few farmsteads, grain silos and tiny churches, all you’re likely to see along this open road are lazing cattle, a few sluggish rivers and mile-long coal trains weaving their way through the hills. It’s a long, desolate, yet strangely beautiful drive through an anachronistic region.