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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.

Kansas Tourism Sizzle Reel

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Fun Fact

A field of wheat growing in Kansas
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Kansas farmers produce enough wheat each year to make 33 billion loaves of bread, enough to provide each person on earth with six loaves.

Competing at the Kansas Masters BBQ Championship in Wichita, Kansas
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The burnt ends of the brisket were once given away free at barbecue restaurants, but now the crispy and flavorful delicacy is a must-order item on menus in the Kansas City region.

Competing at the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo in Kansas
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Cowboys and cowgirls test their skills at competitions throughout the state, and one of the biggest honors is winning events at the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

Must see places

Picturesque vistas in Flint Hills, Kansas

Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

Visons of endless prairie land under vast skies come to life on the 76-kilometer Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. This rural road passes through Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, home of the last undisturbed expanses of tallgrass prairie in North America. Stop for photos at picturesque vistas, visit pioneer-era towns and explore American Indian landmarks such as the Kaw Mission State Historical Site.

Birdwatching along the Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway in Kansas

Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway

This tranquil, 124-kilometer byway was made for nature lovers. Passing through the wetland landscapes of Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, the aptly named Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway is an important annual waypoint for millions of migratory birds and waterfowl. Stop in rural towns such as Hoisington, Ellinwood and Great Bend for interesting historical sites, quaint shops and dining.

A satellite dish turned into artwork to welcome visitors to Lucas, Kansas

Lucas

For a town of 400 residents, the arts-oriented community of Lucas has attracted a big name as the Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas. Check out the eclectic collection of handmade art at the Grassroots Art Center and tour of the Garden of Eden, an unusual outdoor sculpture that was a finalist for one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas.

Preserving Old West history at the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City, Kansas

Dodge City

The once-lawless, gun-slinging town of Dodge City, Kansas, epitomizes the Old West and is still a haven for would-be cowboys. Explore the Boot Hill Museum, see life-sized outlaws at the Gunfighters Wax Museum, attend a rodeo, follow wagon tracks on the Santa Fe Trail and walk the Dodge City Trail of Fame to discover Old West landmarks.

80 million-year-old Monument Rocks, sometimes called Chalk Pyramids, in northwestern Kansas

Smoky Valley Ranch

In the valley between Scott City and Oakley in western Kansas, this vast expanse of rare, shortgrass prairie is still roamed by bison. Part of the park, a region of delicate Niobrara Chalk rock formations called “Little Jerusalem,” features a stretch of 30-meter spires and cliffs. Explore two primitive hiking loops through wildlife-rich prairie with views of rocky geological formations.

Dala horse, a symbol of Swedish influences in Lindsborg, Kansas

Lindsborg

Settled in 1869 by Swedish immigrants, Lindsborg offers a slice of Scandinavia in the middle of Kansas. Browse Swedish art and gift shops, sample pastries or attend one of the themed events such as Våffeldagen (Waffle Day) or the Messiah Festival of the Arts, a tradition since 1882. Don’t miss the Swedish Pavilion, the Höglund Dugout and Coronado Heights, a castle in the middle of a prairie.

Exploring the attractions at the Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka, Kansas

Evel Knievel Museum

Dedicated to daredevil Evel Knievel, this is a must-see museum in Topeka. The extensive displays of motorcycles, equipment, helmets and other personal effects give a comprehensive picture of the stuntman’s life. Knievel novices and fanatics alike will enjoy movie clips of his stunts, the “Big Red” Mack truck used to transport his motorcycles and the 4-D jump simulator that puts you in the driver’s seat.

Museum of World Treasures

In Wichita, the Museum of World Treasures is one of those rare museums that appeals to visitors of all ages. Explore three floors of exhibits that span history and interests from dinosaur fossils to Egyptian mummies to Civil War artifacts. You can even stand next to a piece of the Berlin Wall.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum

A decorated U.S. Army general, Eisenhower went on to serve as the 34th U.S. president. He was known as the first “TV president,” created the interstate highway system and initiated important civil rights legislation. Visit his boyhood home and final resting place in Abilene, and tour the museum chock-full of artifacts and exhibits that examine Eisenhower’s life and cultural legacy.

Stock cars racing at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City

Kansas Speedway

There’s nothing quite like race day at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, which hosts several NASCAR races as well as many other racing events. Book a ride-along with a real race car instructor or learn to drive the car yourself; sign up with NASCAR Driving Experience for the thrill of a lifetime.

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La Ace Hotel Rooftop en el centro de Los Ángeles, California
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The regal Kansas State Capitol building on a winter day
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Destination

Topeka

Steel sculptures atop the Lewis Street Bridge
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Destination

Wichita

The fiery colors of autumn in Lake County

Destination

Lake Forest