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Kansas

Photo by Lisa Waterman Gray

Kansas Itineraries

Munching through Manhattan Kansas

Playing in Salina Kansas

Tasting Kansas in Lawrence

Topeka Kansas for History Buffs

Wichita Kansas Outdoors

Tornadoes, wheat fields, sunflowers ... and chalk 'pyramids', cowboys, urban sophistication and Old World charm

Kansas offers more than broad horizons and flat land. Its urban enclaves provide a range of entertainment, but take time to soak in the natural beauty, open spaces and multi-faceted history of this Plains state too. There really is no place like Kansas.


Kansas Outdoors

Resembling a mini Grand Canyon, Arikaree Breaks anchors the northwest corner of Kansas, adjacent to Colorado and Nebraska. Created by an ancient inland sea, wind and rain, Monument Rocks resembles a natural Stonehenge that juts skyward from private land open to the public. ‘Quieter’ beauty exists in the nation’s only remaining area of gently undulating tallgrass prairie, the Flint Hills. Two major birding destinations are located near Great Bend and Stafford while hunting and fishing are popular activities throughout the state.


Eating, Shopping, Entertainment

These are perhaps the biggest draws for visitors to large and small cities near the Missouri state line. Johnson County offers loads of shopping/entertainment districts while Kansas City, Kansas is enormously popular – from NASCAR races to the massive all-outlets Legends shopping center. Arts performances, food festivals and Santa Fe Trail sites entertain area visitors, too. Wichita offers a big-city vibe with its performing arts scene, a gorgeous waterfront area that hosts several museums, and renovated Old Town. Home to major universities, Lawrence and Manhattan bustle with dozens of restaurants and entertainment venues appealing to all ages.


The West

Elements of the old and new west are evident throughout the state. More than a dozen rodeos take place across Kansas annually. Cowboys graze cattle and buffalo, particularly in southwestern Kansas and in the Flint Hills. Dodge City offers a reconstructed Boot Hill streetscape as well as 11 miles of brick streets listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


For history buffs

History buffs appreciate the Osawatomie site dedicated to abolitionist, John Brown, and Lecompton’s volatile Civil War history. Abilene hosts Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidential library and his childhood home, as well as the lovingly restored 1905 Seelye Mansion. You can also explore Swedish culture in Lindsborg, Hays’s German roots and Czech heritage in Wilson. Antiquated structures also commemorate Coronado’s exploration in Kansas and a brief settlement by Indians from Taos Pueblo, in what is now Lake Scott State Park.


For art lovers

Check out the decades-old community theaters in Topeka or Salina and in the Flint Hills, outdoor performances by the Kansas City Symphony. National and international performers frequent stages at Johnson County Community College and the New Theater Restaurant, both in Overland Park. You’ll find dynamic entertainment options in Hutchinson. A bank lobby in tiny Norton houses a massive Frederick Remington piece depicting a cowboy on a rearing horse, and Goodland is home to an enormous replica of Van Gogh’s sunflower painting.


What it Costs

Abstract Pricing at a Glance

Prices often fluctuate dynamically depending on capacity, seasonality and deals. We don’t want to lead you astray by quoting exact prices that quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, though, we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.

Price ranges are quoted in $US.

See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
Free
$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$$ => Tickets $26 per person

Sleep
$ => Rooms less than $100 for a double
$$ => Rooms $200 for a double
$$$ => Rooms $300 for a double

Eat
$ => $1-15 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$ => $16-40 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$$$ => $41 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)

Shop
N/A => Not applicable

Tours
$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$ => Tickets $26 per person