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Day Trip to Emporia Kansas
Things to See and Do in Emporia, Kansas
Looking for a day trip in south central Kansas? It's time to check out Emporia in the scenic Flint Hills region. A drive through the rolling hills with Emporia as the destination makes a very pleasant outing. I'll share with you some sights to take in while in Emporia and a sampling of restaurants in this historic university town.
Last spring my sister and I took a road trip to Emporia and we loved touring the William Allen White home. Check out my photos of it below.
Sights of the Flint Hills - Scenes you might see on your way to Emporia
When I visit Kansas, I love a drive through the Flint Hills. Photos can never seem to capture the subtle beauty of the hills. The undulations, the small creeks cutting through the sea of grass.
One part that does come through in the photos is the big sky. It surrounds you in an intense blue that seems to go on forever. If you are lucky enough to see a thunderstorm building, the build-up of thunderheads is quite dramatic.
Visit the William Allen White House
This Pulitzer Prize winning editor hosted presidents and other notables in his Emporia home. The website below gives you a preview of the handsome house.
The site hosts special events called Sundays on the Porch with literary entertainment or an ice cream social. In October they have a Spirits in the Garden and Flashlight Tour.
Here's a photo that I took in 2011 of the exterior of the William Allen White house. I highly recommend visiting it.
- William Allen White House in Emporia
Kansas Historical Society maintains the historic site. It is located at 927 Exchange Street, Emporia. phone: 620-342-2800
Visit the Granada TheatreClick thumbnail to view full-size
Photos of Granada Theatre, Sweet Granada and Granada Coffee by heytoto.
More Places to Visit in Emporia, Kansas
We didn't have time to visit the zoo or the daylily farm either as we spent so much time at the historical society and the library. Busman's holiday, since we both have worked in libraries in the past and both of us are history buffs.
- David Traylor Zoo and Soden's Grove Park
The small David Traylor Zoo in Emporia Kansas is visitor friendly with some evening hours in summer, and with the larger animals viewable from automobiles.
- Toad Hollow Daylily Farm
Toad Hollow Daylily Farm View a slideshow of the garden and see a panorama view of the main garden. Toad Hollow is owned and created by: Nina and Gaylord West 1534 Road 170 Emporia, Kansas
- Lyon County Historical Society & Museum
Lyon County Historical Museum and Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of Lyon County Kansas and providing historically related research, education and inform
Map of Sights in Emporia, Kansas
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Places to Eat in Emporia, Kansas - Great restaurants to enjoy in Emporia
When my sister and I spent the day touring the town, we ate at Amanda's. Sure was tasty and there was a good crowd there so the place is very popular.
- Amanda's Bakery & Cafe - Emporia | Urbanspoon
Amanda's Bakery & Cafe, Bakery in Emporia. See 1 user review. Reviews from critics, food blogs and fellow diners. We lunched in this cafe and my bowl of basil-tomato soup was thick and tasty. The crusty bread that accompanied it was great for di