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What do you think should be included on a tour of Kansas?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 27, 2006

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Photo of Bradley Pittman

“The Flint Hills and the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, but the Garden of Eden in Lucas has got to be Number One.”

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“Lawrence should be the only stop. It has great restaurants, great art and a great diversity of people. If you go west, it’s all the same.”

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“The Capitol building, the KU campus, the wetlands on the Nebraska border, the Flint Hills and the historical homes tour here in Lawrence.”

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“If you’re going to take a tour through Kansas, you should go to the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Museum.”

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topflight 11 years, 11 months ago

Lawrence, the only stop? You have got to be crazy, Lawrence is not anything like what the majority of Kansas is. Personally, i like the what the rest of Kansas stands for, but not Lawrence.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 11 months ago

Lawrence Wakarusa Wetlands,Lawrence Prairie Park Nature Preserve, KU Natural History Museum, Flint Hills, NASA Space Museum/Hutchinson, Garden of Eden/Lucas, Local Burger and Free State Brewery of Lawrence not to mention Lawrence Farmers Market on Saturday morning.

Touring the state capitol building for all of it's woodwork can be of interest.

average 11 years, 11 months ago

I guess we're all biased toward the parts of the state we know best.

Big Brutus (some note of S.E. Kansas). One of the airplane factories of Wichita. Cosmosphere. The "here's what a half-million cows look like" overlook near Dodge. Quivira or Cheyenne Bottoms. Winfield (the festival, though the town is nice). Garden of Eden. F,ort Leavenworth. Fort Larned. Brown v Board. The Dole Institute. Any of the state lakes on Memorial Day. K-177 through the Flint Hills. Oh, and the KU campus.

average 11 years, 11 months ago

Culinary points: Breakfast in a seed-cap town cafe. Any mid-to-small town "feed", whether Boy Scouts, Lions Club, or volunteer fire brigade.

8ball 11 years, 11 months ago

the lee richardson zoo in garden city is well worth the trip.they also have 2 of the top 10 golf courses in the state

Linda Aikins 11 years, 11 months ago

The Original Bob's childhood home. TOB's favorite day trip - go to Mullinville and see the angry metal statues.

trinity 11 years, 11 months ago

i cannot believe nobody has said cawker city yet! world's largest ball of twine?? c'mon, people! :)

seriously-i don't think ms. "vicki" has ever BEEN west! i adore the flint hills! also, down around southeast kansas-linn county, fort scott, etc. are beautiful and have some pretty awesome sights. mound city has the second oldest working courthouse in the state; fort scott has national cemetary #1; not to mention the beauty of the rolling hills.

if it were me, i''d include a tour of kansas courthouses, in nearly every county; some of those old buildings are just simply amazing&have been turned in to museums after newer modern ones were built; marysville is one that comes to mind.

i could go on&on, i love kansas that much-but i'm beginning to ramble, have only had one cup of coffee.

happy&safe weekend to everyone! :)

garrenfamily 11 years, 11 months ago

How about Dorthy's house in Liberal as well as the Air Museum? Also, Dodge City has a great history and musems to go with "THE OLD WEST." Vicki most certainly has not been West of Lawrence. I love Lawrence, but the rest of Kansas has so much to offer as well.

paladin 11 years, 11 months ago

The Flat Earth Society headquarters in Liberal and The Entrance to Hell, just south of Hope.

Lee Eldridge 11 years, 11 months ago

Ah, I wanted to mention the biggest ball of twine.

Plenty of great aerospace for the space lover, especially the Cosmosphere in Hutch. The Flint Hills are beautiful. Lindsborg is an interesting, artsy community. KU's campus is a must.

DaREEKKU 11 years, 11 months ago

Connie Morris's house. Fred Phelp's Church. Tom Wittig's 'Mansion' that his family got to keep. Rita Cline's old office. The various billboards with abominable quotes and bible versus on them damning people to hell. The multi million dollar joke-for-a hole in the ground that they built by the once beautiful capital building. Our poverty, drug, crime, prostitute ridden capital city in general. And then maybe they TOO will be asking "What the hell is the matter with Kansas?"

OH! And the worlds largest concrete prairie dog.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 11 months ago

Apparently the health care industry doesn't pay like it used to. Dr. Brad cannot even afford a haircut.

MomMeg 11 years, 11 months ago

the haunted houses trolley tour in atchison

canyon_wren 11 years, 11 months ago

Right on, Trinity! I agree completely! And the courthouses are a great idea. Many of the other suggestions are good--especially the Flint Hills.

No one should miss KU, as people elsewhere have no idea what a beautiful campus that is. There are so many scenic places in the state, and just a chance to visit some of the small towns gives one a new idea (especially for those who come from huge cities). I love Lawrence, but it has become so similar to so many other Yuppie-type places that I don't think it would offer anything new--except, as someone said, the beautiful historic houses.

I would include Pratt, because of the Division of Wildlife and Parks there, and the town is nice, too.

Maybe the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite near Independence, for "The Little House" aficionados.

Lots of beautiful places in Kansas--and if folks want the feel of western Kansas, they should get off of I-70 and hit Highway 50 or 96, or even up along 24 or 36--up around Downs and Osborne.

moralebooster 11 years, 11 months ago

A tour of the most poorly designed and placed ROUNDABOUTS and traffic calming devices on the planet.

I love listening to out-of-town guests say, "You mean they do this without modifying the size of the intersections?" "Are they just stupid?"

lunacydetector 11 years, 11 months ago

the largest tourist attraction in kansas of course, Cabellas Outdoor Outfitters. pretty impressive, huh?

paladin 11 years, 11 months ago

The best feature of Kansas is I-70, which should be seen in its entirety and as quickly as possible.

Bruce Rist 11 years, 11 months ago

Abilene, KS to see the Eisenhower Presidential Museum and old Abilene Town

Bruce Rist 11 years, 11 months ago

and a round of golf at one of the Best Golf Courses in the States, Prairie Dunes Country Club.


nbnozzy 11 years, 11 months ago

I agree with Mr. Pittman about the Garden of Eden in Lucas. Wonderful place to visit.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 11 months ago

No one has mentioned "Rock City"/Minneapolis yet.

Prospector, Glore Psych Museum is fantastic! My fave is the "stomach contents" arranged in nice concentric circles.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 11 months ago

H_L, if you are into "cold cuts" you should definitlely go to the Garden of Eden in Lucas. First (and last) corpse I've ever seen on display. Eeeeewwwww! (With all due respect, of course!)

girly 11 years, 11 months ago

Did anyone mention our 'road to nowhere'?

sunflower_sue 11 years, 11 months ago

Being as Agriculture is KS' largest industry, I guess any tour should include a combine ride with a REAL farmer. Not on one of those large corporate farms but with a real honest hard workin' man type farmer. Besides, their tractors are sexy!

justsomewench 11 years, 11 months ago

from overhead, it nicely resembles a quaint patchwork quilt.

and, from overhead, you can avoid the antiquated politics, poor grammar, and narrow-minded lifers.

the view from canada is amazing, i hear.

jayhawkalum 11 years, 11 months ago

While you're at the Eisenhower Museum or the Dunes, stop at the Brookville Hotel or Kirby House for dinner . . . yummy! Abilene also has an authentic soda fountain in the back of Bankes Drug Store - good clean fun for all ages.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 11 months ago

Prospector, the one in Kiowa County. Yep, it is close to the Big Well.

As a young 'un, The Original Bob used to sit on top of it and drink. It sits about 1/4 mile north of US 54.

I bet there are still yellow stains where he wrote his name.

H_Lecter 11 years, 11 months ago


cold cuts...that's deliciously sick The preservation of saints and parts of saints has always been an interesting concept as well (they weren't actually beatified yet when they were preserved)

another pretty good list of Kansas sites

H_Lecter 11 years, 11 months ago

prospector, Funny I never visited the Glore Psychiatric Museum. I spent much of my youth not that far from St. Joe. I'll have to remember to stop in sometime; it might give me some ideas if I ever want to rearrange my basement.

mugmug 11 years, 11 months ago

Don't drive by Hays without stopping to see Pete Felten's sculpture. His work is scattered around the town and can also be seen at The Stone Gallery.

KsTwister 11 years, 11 months ago

"See the Rattlesnakes Pet the baby Pigs" out by Great Bend. Guess I should have stopped.

BiggPop 11 years, 11 months ago

They should show all the prisons and jail's. That is where this state gets all of it's money.

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