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Kansas

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

If you’re curious about natural beauty in Kansas there are plenty of options available throughout the state. Resembling a mini Grand Canyon, Arikaree Breaks anchors the northwest corner of Kansas, beside Colorado and Nebraska. Created by an ancient inland sea, wind and rain, Monument Rocks resembles a natural Stonehenge that juts skyward from private land that is 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.

Dining, shopping and entertainment are perhaps the biggest draws for visitors to large and small Kansas cities that lie near the Missouri state line. Johnson County offers loads of shopping/entertainment districts while Kansas City, Kansas has grown enormously in popularity – from NASCAR races to the massive all-outlets Legends shopping center. Arts performances, food festivals and Santa Fe Trail sites entertain visitors in this area, too. Wichita also offers a big-city vibe with a vibrant performing arts scene, a gorgeous waterfront area that hosts several museums, and renovated Old Town. Home to major universities, Lawrence and Manhattan are several other bustling metropolises offering dozens of restaurants and entertainment venues that appeal to all ages of visitors.

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

History buffs will 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.

Arts lovers will enjoy the decades-old community theaters in Topeka or Salina and outdoor performances by the Kansas City Symphony, in the Flint Hills. National or international performers frequent the stage at Johnson County Community College and the New Theater Restaurant, in Overland Park, while Hutchinson also offers dynamic entertainment options. There’s a bank lobby in tiny Norton that 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.

No matter whether travelers seek urban enclaves or wide open spaces, this state offers much more than broad horizons and flat land. While the cities provide a wide range of entertainment, take some time to soak in the natural beauty and multi-faceted history of this Plains state too. There really is no place like Kansas.

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