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10 Must See Places in Kansas

Updated on May 26, 2014

So Many Kansas Attractions Await You!

Many people say Kansas is boring and flat. I disagree. Are there boring places in Kansas? Yes! Are there flat places in Kansas? Of course! The whole world has boring and flat places. Does that mean the whole world is boring and flat? Not at all!

If you are bored in Kansas, take a look beyond the beaten path. There is much to see and do in the Sunflower State! Read on for my 10 must see places in Kansas and vote on your favorite!

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My Top 10 Must See Places in Kansas

If you like to travel and see the world beyond your doorstep, Kansas has some of the most beautiful and unique must see places in the country. I know that's hard for some people to believe! If you do not enjoy nature, scenic beauty, and travelling, then you may care less about what Kansas has to offer. If mountains or the beach are the only forms of scenic beauty you enjoy, you may be disappointed too. However, a trip off the beaten path of I-70 or I-35 will lead you to my top 10 must see places in Kansas. Some of these highlights of the Sunflower State will challenge the perception that Kansas is entirely flat and boring!

My top 10 must see places in Kansas are not listed in any particular order. They are simply my favorite places in the Sunflower State. I have visited most of these sites and plan to see those and more I have not yet explored.

What is the top must see place in Kansas?

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I'm sure those who have really explored Kansas have at least one favorite Kansas attraction! Despite the stereotypes, the Sunflower State is not an entirely flat, boring place in the middle of nowhere. If you've done some Kansas sightseeing and enjoyed some of the things to do in Kansas, tell your story here!

What Are Your Favorite Kansas Attractions?

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      ChiefLee 8 years ago

      Need to add the KU campus to this list. Lawrence is a beautiful town, and Mount Oread is a beautiful location.

      And don't forget, Kansas does have the biggest ball of twine.

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      Paul Franciskato 8 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      Thanks for adding your suggestions! So far, I have only seen the Kansas' biggest ball of twine in photos. I am sure it is quite impressive to stand next to! [in reply to ChiefLee]

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      Delia 7 years ago

      5*.....Kansas is a cool state...all of America has wonderful places to see, we just came back from a 9 state trip...our daughter lives in Lawrence Kansas and it is beautiful.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I love travelling and this lens gives me an idea of another beautiful place to see. 5*s

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Excellent lens, you done really well here. 5 stars well deserved. And favorited too. Thank you for sharing.

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      Paul Franciskato 7 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      [in reply to ftuley]

      I'm glad you enjoyed reading my lens! Thanks for the rating and the comments!

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      5 stars! Great lens with amazing videos!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      dude. all those things are random outdoor geography places. those are fun once.. maybe.

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      martialartstraining 7 years ago

      I had no idea kansas had all that, thank you for this lens.

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      Paul Franciskato 7 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      @martialartstraining: Thanks for the comment! Kansas is known as the Land of "ahs"! Of course, it's also the Land of "Oz"...the Wizard of Oz that is!

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      Bella Stella 6 years ago

      Lovely lens! Good job! I would really like to visit Kansas one day.. Have you ever been in Greece? If you are planning to, pay a visit to my lens about Athens sights.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lake Wilson, clearest lake in Kansas, great fishing, great kayaking and a few really good hikes to see the rock formations.

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      ForYourInfo 6 years ago

      Hey thanks for changing the mood.

      it's really nice.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I haven't been through Kansas since I was a kid. Kuddos for dispelling the boring, flat myth :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would like to visit Kansas one day

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      bernie74 lm 5 years ago

      We are so looking forward to travelling to the USA one day, Kansas will be a must see for sure!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Definitely the Chalk Pyramids!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Elk falls Kansas is my favorite place because it is just filled with nature and you don't have to be worried about something because it takes it away for you

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      inspirationz 5 years ago

      next time I'm in Kansas I'll keep your lens in mind :)

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      nikitakapoor 5 years ago

      Will definitely try to cover all these places on my next visit to Kansas, thanks for sharing! :D

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      moanaparker lm 5 years ago

      Now Kansas is in the list of my beautiful places.. Thanks for impressive writing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Salt museum

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I like driving through the little towns and seeing the vintage storefronts on Main Street.

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      Paul Franciskato 4 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      @Allain Christmas: I do too! The old storefronts provide great photo opportunities.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Honestly! The BEST place is Abilene, KS! Home of Ike! Wild Bill! And many other fascinating sites. This is my #1 MUST see.. If you would like to see one of (if not the #1) haunted places in Kansas! Come see Abilene! (67410- located between Chapman and Solomon-Dickinson Co.) ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @moanaparker lm: Good Thinking

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @moanaparker lm: Good Thinking

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing...

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing...

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      Squirt2Squidoo 3 years ago

      Kansas is home, better than Big City Life. Nothing is better than sitting on your front porch staring at the stars, listening to nature singing with not a soul around for miles. Nice Lens! You picked some gorgeous sites!

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love seeing the Dalas of Lindsborg and even created a lens about them. "Little Sweden" is a wonderful place! I also have good friends in McPherson so I enjoy visiting there, one of the 30 Best Small Towns to live in in the USA.

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      srspacil 3 years ago

      Just visited the old Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood, Kansas and the tunnels underneath that used to house stores, bars, bath houses, barbers, and other ventures. These were long forgotten, I grew up there and had no idea they existed although I actually visited two of the locations that were still operating in the 60's; the public library (directly under the Wolf Hotel and a record shop that was underneath the local drycleaning establishment. Both run by the same man that was quite a musician with a band.

      The library section is still open but not the other. The young man that now owns the Wolf is in the process of restoring it back to its former glory. They have rooms for rent now that are quite nice and also have space available for weddings, reunions, dinners, etc.

      Check them out. It's worth the trip and while you're there you can visit quite a number of other interesting sites less than an hours drive away.

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      Paul Franciskato 3 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      @captainj88: I'll have to check out your Lindsborg Lens! I've never visited that town but it's one of the places I want to. It seems I've heard about a Swedish Festival that takes place there either in the Spring or Fall...or maybe it's both!

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      Paul Franciskato 3 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      @srspacil: That's some interesting insight you have on Ellinwood! I've never been there but I'll have to make it one of my future Kansas destinations.

    Books for Your Kansas Travel Adventure

    Kansas is not the stereotypical flat, boring place in the middle of the USA! Sure, Kansas does have quite a bit of flat land. But it also has hills, odd rock formations, waterfalls, and many other surprising features that make the state a fun place to explore! If you are planning a Kansas adventure and want to know more about the landscapes and other unique features of the Sunflower State, you might find one or more of these books useful.

    Kansas Off the Beaten Path®: A Guide To Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series)
    Kansas Off the Beaten Path®: A Guide To Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series)

    The title says it...to really experience the beauty of Kansas, you have to leave the interstate and heavily traveled highways and explore the roads less traveled!

     
    Explorer's Guide Kansas (Explorer's Complete)
    Explorer's Guide Kansas (Explorer's Complete)

    This book is sure to please, as it presents an array of indoor and outdoor activities Kansas has to offer!

     
    Kansas Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff (Curiosities Series)
    Kansas Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff (Curiosities Series)

    Strange sights in Kansas are waiting to be explored and this book will tell you where they are!

     
    Roadside Kansas: A Traveler's Guide to its Geology and Landmarks Second Edition, Revised and Updated
    Roadside Kansas: A Traveler's Guide to its Geology and Landmarks Second Edition, Revised and Updated

    Learn about the geology and landmarks along several of Kansas' main highways.

     
    Living Landscapes of Kansas
    Living Landscapes of Kansas

    See stunning images of Kansas scenery taken by Photographer, Steve Mulligan!

     

    Why Should You Travel Kansas?

    Don't think there is any reason to travel kansas? Here are some video highlights of the Sunflower State!

    So, how about Kansas? Share your thoughts on this lens and the great Sunflower State!

    What Do You Think About Kansas - The Sunflower State?

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        darlkay52 8 years ago

        Great lens! Kansas gets a bad rap. I say "there's no place like home"! Don't forget all the great people that live here!

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        Laurel Johnson 8 years ago from Washington KS

        Greetings, fellow Kansas traveler. Kansas is, indeed, a good place to live. I've lived many other places but always miss the wind and fresh air. 5 and fave.

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        Dumpsterchicken 7 years ago

        Great lens. We love hiking at Kanopolis state park, and now we will have to visit the rest of your list. 5 stars!

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        Brit303 7 years ago

        I haven't been to Kansas, but hope to someday. My ancestors lived near Rush Center/La Crosse for a time back in the 1880s; my great-grandfather eventually settled in Wisconsin, which is my home port. You provide some nice pictures and a great insight into the Sunflower State. Nice work.

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        Sensitive Fern 7 years ago

        I have a friend who just moved from here in Iowa to be closer with her daughters in Kansas. We used to go on a lot of road trips together so we were wondering about what to do in Kansas. Now we know! Blessed by an angel. 5*

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        I have lived in Kansas since 1999 and have not run out of great places to visit. Living in the center of the state makes it easy to plan short trips often.

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        sabinamiller 6 years ago

        Great lens and nice share...

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        Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

        Love the Flint Hils area.

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        ViJuvenate 5 years ago

        I would love to see Kansas. I've not been there yet, though. I am a little partial to flat land, though I love having mountains as a backdrop.

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        Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

        I would love to have use of an RV and be able to tour Kansas, see the stars from one horizon to the other.

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        jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

        Extra NICE Lens!

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        myamya 5 years ago

        Excellent lens!

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        SagebrushVideo 5 years ago

        @Brit303: I now live in Rush County. What were their names?

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        MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

        I'd love to visit Kansas! Looks absolutely stunning!

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        MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

        Great lens! Thanks for sharing!

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        Paul Franciskato 5 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

        @MelonyVaughan: Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! There's much more to see in Kansas than I've mentioned in this lens so far. I hope to add more great Kansas features here soon!

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        Alan future 5 years ago

        It's fantastic lens.Thank you very much for providing such helpful information.

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        Paul Franciskato 5 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

        @Alan future: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed reading.

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        KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

        I've never been to the Sunflower state, so thanks for sharing some of the highlights.

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        Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

        Great topic. I hope it opens people's minds to realize that there's more to Kansas than they thought. Personally, I'm a big fan of the Flint Hills region.

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        Paul Franciskato 5 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

        @Virginia Allain: Thanks! I agree with you and I think the Flint Hills are beautiful.

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        kathrynd7 5 years ago

        I love being able to see beautiful sunrises and sunsets! And the people in Kansas are absolutely wonderful!

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        WriterJanis2 4 years ago

        Looks like it has a lot of interesting places to visit. Love the opening photo.

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        xtianfriborg13 4 years ago

        Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

        I want to go there! Thanks for sharing.

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        Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

        I love to visit Kansas. I grew up around hills, then lived in Florida for 9 years. I don't want to be away from mountains and hills ever again, but I very much enjoy visiting Kansas when I can. Wichita, McPherson and Lindsborg are so far my top three places.

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        Takkhis 3 years ago

        I would love to visit all these must see places in Kansas!

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