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9 Top Attractions in Kansas – the Sunflower State

A Midwestern state named after the Kansa Native American tribe, Kansas is American ultimate Great Plains State. While the rolling wheat fields serve as a perfect countryside destination in the glowing Sunflower State, the Old Cowtown Museum and the Museum of World Treasures both showcase astounding history from as long ago as the dinosaur age.

Kansas is now home to a diverse display of Native American culture that stretches beyond the original Kansa tribe. The tribal variety now ranges from the easterners living along the river valleys to the semi-nomadic westerners who hunted bison in their plenty. The European settlement in Kansas’s Bonner Springs in 1812 ensured an infiltration of western lifestyles.

From the Boot Hill to the incredible Monument Rocks and to the refreshing Botanica Gardens in Wichita, we explore 9 of the top reasons you must book a trip there.

  1. Lake Scott State Park

Lake Scott State Park
Lake Scott State Park

Founded in 1928 with great help from the Herbert Steele Family, the 1,280-acre Kansas State Park now offers biking, swimming, camping, hiking and wildlife watching escapades to longing guests. It is furthermore traditional home of the Taos and Picurie Indians. The 100-acre Lake’s shores also feature lovely Cedar trees, ash, elm and willow. Lake Scott was created by a dam in 1930 and is now beautifully wound around lush forest-covered hills. You definitely have you hands full with attractions and sights when you tour the western Kansas Prairie Lakeside Park.

  1. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Located to the north of Strong City, the National Preserve’s sole purpose is to protect the bulk of the now less than 4% of Tallgrass bionetwork remaining in North America. While wading around the colorful preserve, you also get to encounter beautiful herds of bison. Other attractions at the immaculate countryside include fine and live music and a showcase of the rich local cultures. Better still you could guide yourself through the amazing natural trails lining the Park and catch all the beautiful sights of the calm wild including the fishes on Fox Creek. Finally, tour the 1881 historic ranch house and the limestone barn.

  1. Fort Larned National Historic Site

Fort Larned National Historic Site
Fort Larned National Historic Site

Lying a few miles to the west of Larned, Fort Larned National Historic Site illustrates the Indian War Era of the late 19th Century. The sandstone fort was built to shelter soldiers in the wars between 1859 and 1878. Visitors are now walked through the ingenious architecture from the Indian War including the freight caravans and refurbished barracks and blacksmith shops.  The best Indian War Museum on the  Santa Fe Trail furthermore offers the best presentation of interesting artifacts and exhibits relating to the Wars. These also include audiovisual recreations, books and other items.

  1. Chalk Pyramids and Monument Rocks

Monument Rocks
Monument Rocks

Get a feel of the Stonehenge right in the heart of Kansas,  south of Oakley. The Chalk Pyramids are located on private land, but open to the public. The extensive range of up to 70-feet tall stone spires were the first site declared a National Natural Landmark by the Department of Interior. The environment of the historic expanse comprises savannas, scrub desert and temperate grasslands. Explore the ancient geologic piece which has recently been listed in the eight wonders of Kansas on foot or bike. Some of the rock forms you will meet here are up to  80 million years old.

  1. Spencer Museum of Art – Kansas University

Spencer Museum of Art
Spencer Museum of Art

Helen Spencer’s Art Museum offers a journey through  curiosity-sparking, creativity-evoking artistry. I From the most current contemporary works to the American dream, just find your section in the all-in-one arts stop. The museum includes significant holdings of the East Asian Art alongside European sculptures and paintings. It doesn’t end there as KU’s ethnographic collection showcases thousands of Native American, African and Australian pieces.

  1. Boot Hill

Boot Hill
Boot Hill

The historic Cemetery and the Fort Dodge Jail are  must-see sites in the complex in Dodge City. Also available on display and absolutely can’t-miss is the recreation of the 1870s Front Street. Witness the picturesque and historical structures in the highly-held complex of the Midwest. Pioneering hand-carts and a welcoming local culture further serve to guarantee your tour is not merely “good enough.”

  1. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home

Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home
Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home

The Boyhood Home to the 34th President of the United States in his home state of Kansas now stands as a historic museum and library. You get to experience the manuscripts and personal works of President Dwight David Eisenhower at an up-close and personal level.  Aside being part of the libraries system of the revolutionary president, this one in his boyhood home is special. It contains insightful documents from the past half-century that are primarily focused on fundamental ideals that offer a guide to a free, peaceful and rich future. Tour the distinguished home that raised the local-hearted, global-minded president of the free world.

  1. Kansas State Capitol

Kansas State Capitol
Kansas State Capitol

Built of the French Renaissance style in Topeka, Kansas State Capitol houses some of Kansas State’s most historic sights. Book in advance for  guided tours through all the five floors of the domed structure. In the tour, see murals by talented personnel like David H. Overmyer, John Steuart and Lumen Martin. The Old Kansas Supreme Court and Senate Chamber in the third floor also make for notable views. Finally, when you decide to just take a tour around the compound, you will bump into an astounding bronze statue of the legendary Abraham Lincoln. This is alongside another statue of Pioneer Mother and her Child as presented by Merrell Gage.

  1. Botanica – The Wichita Gardens

Botanica, Wichita Gardens
Botanica, Wichita Gardens

All the astonishing and colorful range of swampland flowers and woodlands are found in this beautifully themed garden in Wichita. Some of the most notable sights include aquatic varieties, woodland glade, butterfly garden, a rose gardenand a  memorial fountain. The most romantic weddings and romantic retreats are available at the blooming landscapes of the wildly charming Botanica. The Chinese Garden of Friendship and the Cissy Wise Wildflower Meadow are furthermore irresistible locations of the Botanica.

 

 

 

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Originally posted 2017-05-17 14:53:49.

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