I was curious if anyone has traveled for the sake of seeing a location that a scene(s) takes place in. The novel I'm working on right now takes starts in Wyoming and the main character travels from there through the Black Hills, the Badlands, the prairie, to the Missouri, etc. I have never been to any of these places so in September I took a week off work and made a road trip out of it. I live in Northern Colorado so it was plausible for me to do so and have to say that the story has strengthened because of it. Google Images/Google Earth gave me a false sense of knowing what the landscape was like, how it was laid out (especially the Badlands). Actually standing in Badlands National Park and hiking through some of it changed how I described the landscape and dramatically changed how the main character traversed it. The supporting character also lives exiled in a cave in the Black Hills for years. At first, I just created a random cave but all that changed entirely when I learned more about Wind Cave National Park in the Black Hills and then took a guided tour of it. The cave history and everything about it fit my story perfectly. Anyways, I have found that traveling is incredibly helpful for writing and wanted to share my own experience. Even if you can't go to where your scenes are set, perhaps finding landscape/areas that are similar and visit them with the right state of mind could do wonders.