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From the bustling state capital to the scenic byways, Kansas has something for everyone.
While there is no one way to see the Sunflower State, the scenic byways allow visitors to combine incredible scenery with impressive historical sites and cultural attractions. Among the favored road trips are the Kansas Route 66 Historic Byway, Prairie Trail Scenic Byway, Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway, Glacial Hills Scenic Byway, and the Kansas Heritage Loop.
Sports fans can see everything from professional soccer with Sporting Kansas City to independent baseball. Exciting NCAA basketball and baseball games are on display from the University of Kansas Jayhawks, the K-State Wildcats and the WSU Shockers. If you are a football fan, you can see Big 12 action from the Wildcats and Jayhawks. Even Arena football has a place in Kansas. Are you a hockey fan? The Wichita Thunder may be your team. Meanwhile, independent baseball is thriving here with teams like Garden City Wind, The Kansas Stars, the Kansas City T-Bones, and The Wichita Wingnuts taking the field. And if you are a golfer, there are more than 200 courses throughout the state just waiting for you.
While numerous attractions across the state will appeal to children, the whole family will be amazed by the zoos and sanctuaries, including Sedgwick County Zoo, Tanganyika Wildlife Park, the Rolling Hills Zoo, and the Topeka Zoo. Take them to see the T-Rex at Museum of World Treasures or spend a fun-filled day at Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
Art and music lovers flock to places like The Wichita Art Museum and The Ulrich Museum of Art, while there are also opportunities to enjoy the symphony, opera and touring concerts. And if The Wizard of Oz is your favorite film of all time, then no trip to Kansas would be complete without a stop at the Oz Museum. There are also numerous music, film, Renaissance and art festivals that draw crowds throughout the state.
History buffs have a multitude of museums and national historic sites to explore. If you are interested in military history, attractions like Fort Scott NHS and Fort Larned NHS are “musts.” Presidential historians won’t want to miss touring the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum in Abilene, and civil rights activists and historians will marvel at the Brown v. Board of Education NHS and the Nicodemus NHS.
Of course, if you have the time, the “Eight Wonders of Kansas” tour will amaze you. From the Big Well to the Cosmosphere, from Monument Rocks to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the “Wonders” tour is unforgettable.
And if your schedule is flexible, plan your travels around one of the many family-friendly annual festivals and rodeos. You won’t be disappointed!