There are 31 states between the East and West Coasts, 2.29 million square miles of land pejoratively known as flyover country.
We think that's a reductive term, as there's much more to see in these states than what you'd get through an airplane's window. After all, you don't really get to know a country until you travel through its less visited regions.
Here, we present five locations as described by authors who've been there, so that you might find a way to appreciate them too.
Think of them more as drive through states, not flyover states.