Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
1020 S. Kansas Ave.
Ph: (785) 296-4922
Landscapes and lifestyles that hold true to their cowboy and pioneer heritage, big cities and small towns where you’ll find rich local flavors and genuine welcomes – authentic experiences and changes for discovery await in Kansas.
Sample ranch life in the Flint Hills and explore the world’s largest surviving tallgrass prairie near Manhattan. Journey back in time on the Oregon, Santa Fe and other great trails West. Visit the only working stagecoach stop open to the public on the Santa Fe Trail in Olathe. In the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, you can find the roots of liberty and the legacies of some of our country’s greatest struggles, from the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War to school desegregation at the Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka. And don’t miss the opportunity to experience the cowboy way at places such as Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City and Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita.
Eleven byways traverse through welcoming communities and memorable scenery, from some of the world’s most ecologically important wetlands to red-rock buttes that would make the perfect backdrop for an old Western. Detour off the interstate and sample some unique stops along the way such as the Kansas Underground Salt Museum in Hutchinson and the Automotive Restoration Technology Program in McPherson. Discover lively downtowns, like Salina’s Historic Lee District, where you’ll want to stop for from-scratch meals, and explore unique shops. For mega shopping, there’s The Legends at Village West in Kansas City. Four distinct seasons transform Kansas’ landscape, and opportunities come with each one. Bring your group and see how captivating Kansas really is.