What are your favorite, most inspirational rural areas of the United States? I'm thinking of places that would sync perfectly to U2's Heartland.
Despite growing up in the suburbs, I've always had a fascination with rural areas of the US. I love taking drives to familiar ones as well as discovering new ones. There's a certain indescribable something my favorite of these places have in common. The best I can say is that they would perfectly fit the mood of Heartland
, always one of my favorite U2 songs. They're often rustic, sparsely populated and awe-inspiring in their simplicity as well as their beauty.
I'm not asking simply about scenic places, however, but rural areas that you find to be emotionally moving in some way. An easy answer might be to travel along Route 66, but I'm thinking more of destinations and less of travel routes.
I've found a few in my home state of Texas, in addition to some of my travels in Vermont. I have to imagine that there are many such areas in the Southwestern US, but I'd love to get some ideas from others.
Please, be as broad or specific as you'd like.