"Kansas, My Home" Top 5 Page for this destination Kansas by basstbn

Kansas Travel Guide: 2,272 reviews and 5,234 photos

For years I have written about Kansas with fondness. I have lived here for all but four of my 69 years, and have at times muttered that it had no mountains or fantastic scenery, or that its people were a little on the conservative side. Its natural beauty is more subtle than majestic, but the people are good people, even if politically and socially too conservative.

Most people know Kansas as an obstacle on the way to someplace else - they're either flying over or "flying" through on one of the interstates that intersects the state . Kansas is rarely a destination.

I hope you'll look at some of my Kansas pages, and if you never have the opportunity to see those places first hand, you'll at least appreciate my state a little more when you're whizzing down I-70 on the way to the mountains. Or maybe you'll break for more than a pit stop or to look at something other than the idiotic museum with the two-headed calf or the giant concrete prairie dog/tourist trap.

The State Flag

The state flag of Kansas plays homage to our heritage as an agricultural state as well as our history.

The motto (ad astra per aspera) translates "to the stars through difficulties" - a reference to the years of bloodshed as pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces fought to bring the territory in line with their philosophies. Read about "Bleeding Kansas" and visit some of the historical sites in the eastern part of the state such as Lawrence and Osawatomie.

Although Indian tribes were in Kansas as long ago as 10,000 BC, and the Spanish explorer Coronado looked upon the Kansas prairie long before the first European settlers migrated from the east, the state has a short recorded history when compared to other parts of our country or the world.

Wheat, Sunflowers, and Meadowlarks

There is a lot of gold in Kansas. Not in precious metals, but in the ripened field of wheat, the glory of the sunflower, and the breast of the western meadowlark.

The sunflower, appropriately, is the state flower. It can be seen in abundance along the roadside or in fields from midsummer until frost, always looking toward the sun.

Travelers will see meadowlarks on the fence posts, but would enjoy them a lot more if they got out and took a walk in the prairie. Their complex, but melodic song is a burst of joy.

To see the gold of wheat, you have to be in Kansas at just the right time of year - from early to late June, depending upon whether you are in southern Kansas or northern Kansas. The wheat is at its peak of ripeness (and a certain golden color) for just a short time, and the harvest crews must move their convoys of combines to the right place at the right time - from south to north.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great people, short but interesting history. There is subtle scenic beauty, if you look for it.
  • Cons:Most people only look at it from the Interstate highway.
  • In a nutshell:Get off the interstate, open your eyes, see a Kansas you didn't know existed.
  • Last visit to Kansas: Jan 2008
  • Intro Updated Jan 16, 2008
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  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Nice to see that there is more than meets the eye from I 70! ;-]

  • Florida999's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2006 at 9:03 AM

    Lol! Yeah, I am one of those people that only saw Kansas from the interstate mostly. I have not a single photo outside of KC, so I am not even going to make a travel page on it. But, glad somebody did!

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2006 at 4:20 PM

    There are some interesting sites in Kansas!! Thanks for sharing some of them....

  • Jan 26, 2006 at 8:07 AM

    Beautíful page Frank! St. Fidelis Church looks great. You don't happen to have more information on that place of worship, do you?

  • Yarusa's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2006 at 1:35 AM

    Hi! Really nice page. History of my region has tight ties with hystory of Kansas. So it's twice more interesting to see a real picture of Kansas.Thx!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2005 at 2:00 PM

    Wow, Frank, these are astonishing pages on Kansas: attractive, captivating, informative, sometimes enchanting, endearing, varied, heartfelt, knowledgeable, picturesque, and quite praise-worthy pages. Superior restaurant tips.

  • aramat's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2005 at 3:00 PM

    Great page, I've learnt a lot about Kansas and hope to visit it one day! Thanks :-)

  • K.Knight's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2004 at 7:14 PM

    Hi Frank. Thankyou for providing us with and interesting read on Kansas. Anne and I just traveled through Africa with a young lady from the Kansas zoo!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2004 at 2:29 AM

    A great tribute to Kansas, starting from your excellent and accurate introduction all the way through your many Tips and Photos! Indeed a state worth visiting!!

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2004 at 7:32 PM

    Hi Frank ,Kansas is one of the few US states we have not been yet ,but looking at this page we should have a visit here I saw a Dutch windmill ,Dodge City ,a place called Ottawa , OZZ ,Hays House ,there is so much here to see Thanks Frank.

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