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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.

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Picturesque vistas in Flint Hills, Kansas

Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

Visons of endless prairie land under vast skies come to life on the 76-kilometer Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. This rural road passes through Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, home of the last undisturbed expanses of tallgrass prairie in North America. Stop for photos at picturesque vistas, visit pioneer-era towns and explore American Indian landmarks such as the Kaw Mission State Historical Site.

Birdwatching along the Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway in Kansas

Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway

This tranquil, 124-kilometer byway was made for nature lovers. Passing through the wetland landscapes of Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, the aptly named Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway is an important annual waypoint for millions of migratory birds and waterfowl. Stop in rural towns such as Hoisington, Ellinwood and Great Bend for interesting historical sites, quaint shops and dining.

A satellite dish turned into artwork to welcome visitors to Lucas, Kansas


For a town of 400 residents, the arts-oriented community of Lucas has attracted a big name as the Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas. Check out the eclectic collection of handmade art at the Grassroots Art Center and tour of the Garden of Eden, an unusual outdoor sculpture that was a finalist for one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas.

Preserving Old West history at the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City, Kansas

Dodge City

The once-lawless, gun-slinging town of Dodge City, Kansas, epitomizes the Old West and is still a haven for would-be cowboys. Explore the Boot Hill Museum, see life-sized outlaws at the Gunfighters Wax Museum, attend a rodeo or visit a dude ranch, follow wagon tracks on the Santa Fe Trail and walk the Dodge City Trail of Fame to discover Old West landmarks.

80 million-year-old Monument Rocks, sometimes called Chalk Pyramids, in northwestern Kansas

Smoky Valley Ranch

Owned by the Nature Conservancy, Smoky Valley Ranch is a vast expanse of rare, shortgrass prairie that is still roamed by wild bison. Part of the preserve, a region of delicate Niobrara Chalk rock formations called “Little Jerusalem,” was recently acquired and will eventually open to the public. Explore two primitive hiking loops through wildlife-rich prairie with views of rocky geological formations.

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