5 Towns Worth Visiting In Kansas

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When you hear Kansas, you usually imagine the movie Wizard of Oz (at least that is what people always say to me when hearing where I live). While it is a lot of flat lands and can seem like a boring state there really is a lot more to this Midwestern state. Being born and raised from a small little town in Kansas might have appeared dull growing up, but as an adult, I have grown to appreciate the beauty it has to offer.

If you ever find yourself in Kansas or just passing through to another state, I would definitely make these towns a pit stop. Each unique, these towns have more to offer than you would believe. Great food, unique attractions, and sweet hearted people will be found in Kansas if you know where to look. Don’t get me wrong, there is the bad just like in every place you visit, but there is a lot of good as well!

Lindsborg, KS
I grew up in this little town also known as Little Sweden. Not only is it picturesque but they really bring the community together in this small tourist attraction everyone should visit. With a Swedish heritage, Lindsborg offers restaurants with a Swedish background, a beautiful little downtown with adorably unique stores, and sweet people who know how to celebrate their legacy in style. There are plenty of festivals throughout the year (including Hyllningsfest which is a huge festival celebrated every other year) that will make you feel like part of the community (while enjoying the delicious food offered).

Kansas City, KS
More commonly known, Kansas City has so much to offer! A part in Kansas, part in Missouri, Kansas City has amazing sites and historical areas that it could take days to truly explore this fantastic city. With AMAZING food (don’t leave without trying barbeque) and artistic background, this is definitely a city worth visiting. Rich in blues history and artists all around you will be immersed in this culturally diverse city and everything it has to offer.

If you are into art and old historic buildings, Westport is definitely a place to visit In Kansas City. For drinks, drive down to Power and Lights for great clubs and bars and then spend your day shopping at the beautiful and vast Plaza.
Wichita, KS
Also well known in the state of Kansas, Wichita is a great little city to stop at (especially since it has a large airport where most people stop at anyways). Deliciously unique foods and a zoo worth bragging about, you will not fall short on things to do. They have a load of different activities from climbing gyms to museums to little shops that are worth visiting. Love music? Like Kansas City, Wichita has terrific venues that attract phenomenal musicians and plays that sell out fast!

Hutchinson, KS
While this town might not seem like it has a lot to offer it has one huge thing worthy of being on this list; the Cosmosphere. Even if you are not into space and the universe, this is still such a fantastic museum to visit. Loaded with intriguing facts, the Cosmosphere is a space exploration museum that showcases one of a kind pieces that were actually used on trips to outer space and movies that will make you genuinely reach for the stars. Trust me, this is definitely a museum you won’t regret spending the money on.

Manhattan, KS
We have a lot of colleges in Kansas, but most people think of two when considering the state; Kansas State and Kansas University. Manhattan is a college town with K-State as its central college that brings students from all over the world to visit. Even if you pick the Jayhawks over Wildcats, this is still a fantastic college town to stop into. Every year they showcase fake patties day that is huge in Kansas. If you are into drinking, bar hopping, and having an all over good time, this is a day worth spending in Manhattan.

If you are not a massive drinker than going to a Wildcat football game is definitely a sight to behold. The fans go all out for events (similar to KU games in Lawrence as well). You will definitely have a fun time even if you are not that big of a sports fan (seeing as how I appreciate the day and I know little to nothing about sports). Don’t get me wrong, these are not the only towns worth visiting in Kansas, but they are, in my opinion, a good start when making a trip.


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