Exploring the Circle S Ranch by horseback
Overlooking the Big and Little Arkansas rivers in Wichita from the base of the 'Keeper of the Plains' statue
Bison roaming the tallgrass prairie in Flint Hills
The Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka
Wetland views at Cheyenne Bottoms, a waypoint for migratory birds
Stepping back to the late 1800s at the Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita
Tasting local beers at Central Standard Brewing in Wichita
Summertime, the peak blooming season in The Sunflower State
Leisurely group ride at the Gyp Hills Guest Ranch in Medicine Lodge
Ribs cooking to perfection over a hot grill at Woodyard Bar-B-Que in Kansas City
See the unspoiled beauty of the Kansas prairies
Kansas Tourism Sizzle Reel
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 farmers produce enough wheat each year to make 33 billion loaves of bread, enough to provide each person on earth with six loaves.
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.
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
Flint Hills National Scenic Byway
Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway
Smoky Valley Ranch
Evel Knievel Museum
Museum of World Treasures
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum
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