The Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka
See the unspoiled beauty of the Kansas prairies
In Kansas, there’s no one way to feel at home on the range. Rugged types can work – and sleep – on cattle ranches or bring in the harvest from the farm, which delivers fresh, local bounty to the table. After visiting vineyards, beehive farms and apple orchards, you’ll never want to go back inside.
Maybe because of its central location, Kansas has major history, including its pioneering days along the Oregon Trail. Explore the Sante Fe Trail’s still-visible tracks or visit a Native American museum. Otherwise, Wild West enactments, Civil War battle sites and plenty of prairie culture await you. Enjoy a Chuckwagon Supper featuring classic Western music, a bit of cowboy humor and yes, even cowboy poetry.
Wondering how to get around? 12 scenic byways crisscross Kansas, taking you from areas like Flint Hills’ tallgrass prairie to the Monument Rocks in the south’s Badlands, as well as covering everything in between, including river valleys and sweeping pastures. Along the way, you’ll chicken houses devoted to the art of fried chicken, as well as the unmistakable flavors of Kansas City-style barbecue – meats slow smoked over a variety of woods and covered with thick tomato- and molasses-based sauces. And, don’t forget that famed Kansas beef served up in favorite steakhouses across the state.