Travel Kansas | Exploring the Midwest Broadcast Episode 12

Last Updated on May 4, 2021 by Jody Halsted

As you drive west across Kansas you begin to understand the sentiment the inspired Brewster Higley to pen ‘My Western Home’ – later known as ‘Home on the Range’.

My guest today is Colby Sharples Terry, PR & Communications Manager for Kansas Tourism.

Kansas Misconceptions

Kansas is a state that, if you enter along the eastern border and the Missouri River, feels very urban, but as you continue west you really feel that wide open space where you can, at times, feel like you are completely alone.

People tend to think that Kansas is flat and boring – but they couldn’t be more wrong!

Kansas Tourism Highlights

Monument Rocks Kansas
Monument Rocks
  • Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park
  • Monument Rocks
  • Mount Sunflower, the highest point in Kansas
  • Flint Hills
  • Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve
  • Civil War and Underground Railroad history
  • Strata salt mine in Hutchinson
  • Ellenwood speakeasy and tunnels

Cities & Towns in Kansas

Keeper of the Plains, Wichita, Kansas
Keeper of the Plains, Wichita
  • Wichita is the largest city in Kansas – great food, breweries, saloons & outdoor experiences
  • Lucas is the Grassroots Art Capital
  • Wilson, the Czech capitol of Kansas
  • Linsborg is known as Little Sweden USA
  • Nicodemus was a town settled by freed slaves

Kansas Food

Barbeque Ribs in Kansas City, Kansas
Barbeque Ribs in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Kansas City Barbeque
  • Kansas City Kansas taco trail
  • Chicken wars – Chicken Annie’s vs Chicken Mary’s
  • Steak
  • Farm to Table

Kansas Center of the USA

US Center Chapel, Kansas
US Center Chapel

The geographical center of the ‘lower 48’ is in Kansas. The small church at the site never closes.

And, not far from that you’ll find the log cabin where Home on the Range was written.

Top 3 Kansas Events in 2021

Santa Fe Trail 200th Anniversary

2021 Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant (This is an every 3 year event)

49th Annual Walnut Valley Festival

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