Favorite thing: What today is referred to as the Wild West had its origins in Kansas, the slaughter of buffalo, cattle drives, gunfighters and legendary lawmen like Wild Bill Hickok found fame in Kansas towns like the infamous Dodge City. Later Kansas had to endure Civil War raids by William Clarke Quantrill and other Confederate guerrillas.
Favorite thing: Here's another helpful guide for those who really want to get out there and see the state - its backroads, quirky spots, and especially those wonderful little hometown restaurants that make chicken fried steak "The Explorer Way." You have to be a member of Kansas Explorers Club, or obtain this guidebook to learn what that means. Marci Penner has packed some travel gems in this 400 page plus volume that you won't find anywhere else. Plus, it features some Johnson County food tips from yours truly. Organized by region, wire-bound, looks like a durable book. I got mine at Border's Bookstore, but they're also available online at kansasguidebook.com.
Favorite thing: I highly recommend the 2006 Kansas Getaway Guide if you will be coming to Kansas, traveling through Kansas, or if you are just plain curious about Kansas. The state may not be one of the nation's biggest tourist destinations, but few states do a better job of detailing attractions, lodging, dining, and other trips as well as Kansas. I think you will be surprised at what you see in addition to the many places I have visited and shown on my Kansas page. To order this guide, click on www.travelks.com, then click on the link underneath the photo of the diesel engine.
Favorite thing: Kansas is known as The Sunflower State, and for good reason. These bright yellow wildflowers with dark eyes grow abundantly on the Kansas prairie. Vast fields of the larger domestic sunflowers can also be found growing in Kansas, but it's the wild variety that is the State Flower. The highest point in Kansas, in the far west near the Colorado border, is called Mount Sunflower, and when I was there sunflowers were in bloom throughout the area. Birds and other annimals relish sunflower seeds.
Since 1937 the Common Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) has been designated the state tree of Kansas. Well adapted for life on the high plains, the Cottonwood is common along rivers and streams, and may often be found standing alone on the prairie, as in this photo. The tree takes its name from the fluffy white seeds, produced by the female tree, which float on the wind in mid-summer.
The Cottonwood belongs to the same family of trees as do the Poplars and Aspens. It is a tall tree, up to 100 feet high and 5 feet in diameter, with coarse-toothed leaves. These large trees can live for more than a century.
Kansas is a VERY big agricultural state. As you drive through, you will find much farmland where either crops are being cultivated or cattle are being raised.
This is a grain silo. You will find many of these all around Kansas, no matter where you are. Grain is processed here and then loaded onto trucks for export and distribution.
Favorite thing: As you can see here, the Kansas Prairie isn't really much to look at. However, if you take a drive between Sharon Springs and Goodland on KS-27, you will find some of the most beautiful Kansas scenery. One place, particularly beautiful was a lush green valley with trees. However, I couldn't find a place to pull over to take the picture. I guess, you'll have to take a drive for yourself.....!
As you drive through Kansas, you will soon find out why it is called The Sunflower State. Sunflower crop fields are EVERYWHERE! Here is a picture of a HUGE sunflower field. The heads of the sunflowers get so large and heavy, they slump over, which is what you see here in the picture.
Even the state highway marker is shaped like a sunflower!!
I want to be as accurate as possible when I say this, but as I drove through Kansas, I found the roads and highways were by far the cleanest I have ever seen. The whole time I was there, I found one crushed can...and it was in the parking lot at the gas station!!!
I'm sure there may be parts of Kansas that aren't very clean, but this part I went through was almost perfectly clean.
Ok, now I know that possibly everyone on VT who has been to Kansas and has a page on it, probably has something to do with driving, right? Well, driving in Kansas is VERY boring. It makes you want to go zzzzzzzzzz......
But, it can have it's advantages too. The best thing (and yes, this will sound crazy) is to read up on places to see and things to do while here. It will help pass the boredom. For example, when my uncle and I drove through here in 1990, we stopped at the welcome center. They had an offer for a free cooler if you visited 8 sites within Kansas (It was a NICE cooler too)! But, since half the places were out of out way, we didn't do it.
Or, if you wish, you can do what we did, and just "wing it." The only bad part about that is, you may wind up somewhere you don't want to be (see my warning / danger tip on Idaho). But hey, that's what fond memories are made of, right??
Visit the Native American Heritage Museum State Historic Site near Highland. The museum teaches about the family life and sharing of traditions of the Iowa, Kickapoo, Potawatomi and Sac and Fox tribes.
Fondest memory: The museum is located at 1737 Elgin Road, Highland, Kansas. There are interactive exhibits and children's activitiea.
Kansas was not the most beautiful state we've driven through, but there was lots of wildlife out in the open as we drove through miles and miles of roadway to get from one end of the state to the other. If you live in the big city and are tired of seeing stacks of buildings, take a drive through Kansas for a change of scenery! Be sure you bring some of your favorite music to help get you through the many times boring miles from one small town to the next.
Fondest memory: My two fondest memories of Kansas are getting caught in a 10 minutes terrential downpour (soaking all our clothes through the zippers of our luggage during that short cloud break!) and the excitement of looking for the site with the 6-legged steer and huge prairie dog.
Fondest memory: The best memory of Kansas is driving my car on the endless I 70. Some good music in the radio. A coke and some Pringles chips. Pringles was my standard food on road trips. Beside selfmade turkey sandwich. Good nutrition, isn´t it.
Topeka is the only place in Kansas I have really visited, but lots of nice things there if you don't want to go to a large city. The zoo is good to visit, and if you ilke historical type places there is also the state capital
Fondest memory: Lots of things you can enjoy but most people don't realize Kansas has many things to see
Visit Winfield, Ks. It is a great all Ameican city.
It is not too big of city, but it has all the basics you would need.
I will add more to this later.
Fondest memory: I lived just outside of Winfield, so I miss the country a lot. We would take lots of country drives to explore the different areas of the county.
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2300 W. 6th Street, Lawrence, Kansas, 66049, United States
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