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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.....!
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??
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
Take in the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson! It may be a bit of a tourist trap, but who isn't interested in space travel? Also, catch a flick the newly restored Fox Theatre -- it's a blast from the past! There are also a lot of antique shops which hold lots of interesting trinkets.'Make-out Point' in the state's capital, Topeka, is great. I loved seeing all of the city lights from a high wooded area! The unique shops, and especially FAO Schwartz toy store in Kansas City are plentiful and the people are friendly. Witchita is a city whose people speak for themselves.
Fondest memory: What I miss most from Hutchinson is Carey Park, with its river, which is surprisingly shallow but has an incredibly strong current. My roommates and I would often grab our air mattresses and indulge in an afternoon float through the city on this river. I also miss the frequent day trips we would take to Witchita to take in a concert, movie, or just go shopping.
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.
Go to Aggieville in Manhatten and cruise! It might appear strange to the outsider, but it is a blast and you will meet lots of interesting people.
Fondest memory: The fantastic thunder storms dancing across a storm darkened sky.
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.
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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.
And just when you might be thinking there is nothing to see when driving ‘round Kansas.... you'll discover there's so many cute, unbelievably beautiful scenes!!!!! Stopped the car.... everything was so green and sunny..... it was a shock!! Mellowness flooded me. The road was smooth, and the car glided over it. Ditches sported 4' tall, creamy, ruby-throated wild hibiscus.... all I could see around was lightly-grazed tall-grass prairie.... remnants and planted grasslands of similar structure that have become increasingly rare as old-fields in the northeastern U.S. succeed to forests..... but here, in the mid west.... it's still found, and I love the look of it, and it makes for some great photography.... silly me though, of course.... went for the 'swimming in tall grass surfer type of shot' :o) LOL
Hey.... I did wonder however... if at any time, a tornado/twister could hit and swoop me away!!!! after all, this is Wizard of Oz's Dorothy town!!!! ;o) and so think about it!!!!! a state where there's possibility of twisters can't be boring!!!! can't it?
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