November 2017 Featured Destination: Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 12:00 AM

There's no place like Kansas! If you’re looking for new and exciting vacation adventures, then Kansas is the place you want to be. History buffs can explore the state’s legendary cowboy towns or visit Kansas’ countless museums, which celebrate the state’s pioneer, aviation, farming and Native American legacies. Outdoor enthusiasts will be happy to know that Kansas is still home on the range to the American bison, which can be viewed up close at two of the state’s wildlife refuges and along the highways in Western Kansas and the Flint Hills. And for nature lovers, Kansas is home to the largest remaining stand of tall grass prairie in North America, providing a glimpse of what the continent looked like 200 years ago. 

What makes your destination special?

With its location in the center of the country, it's no wonder that Kansas played a key role in so many historical events. From the Civil War to the Old West, from Native American history to the Pony Express. The National Park Service’s designation of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area recognizes the 41 counties along the Kansas-Missouri border as the epicenter of events that led to the Civil War.  This is just one example of the key role Kansas has played in shaping America’s history.

What's one attraction that can't be missed when visiting your destination?

The Flint Hills

The Flint Hills - The continent's largest remaining tract of tallgrass is also one of America's unique places, harboring a wealth of adventure, beauty, and history. The region's sweeping horizons and carpets of wildflowers captivate artists and enchant visitors. Within the Flint Hills falls the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway which offers incredible views of the native grasses and flowers of the tallgrass prairie. Much of the land along the Byway looks as it did thousands of years ago when the Kaw, Osage and other native tribes lived here.

What story ideas will travel media uncover at your destination?

There are a number of unique attractions in Kansas that offer pleasant surprises to visitors willing to travel off the main highways. Here are just a few examples. Strataca in Hutchinson allows you to travel 650' below the Kansas prairie to experience an active salt mine and the only underground salt museum in the western hemisphere. Cheyenne Bottoms (the largest inland marsh in the United States), and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge near Great Bend, are major stopovers for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, including pelicans, sandhill cranes, plovers, and thousands of ducks and geese. Kansas was once a great inland sea, and the remains of giant sea creatures are still being uncovered. Dig up your own fossils on a guided tour with an experienced archaeologist near Scott City. And the Garden of Eden in Lucas is a monument to individualism. Characters from the Bible are carved out of native rock and cement. You have to see it to believe it. 

What plans/events does your destination have scheduled that travel media should be aware of?

Amelia Earhart Festival - July 2018 - https://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/

Dirty Kanza 200 - June 2, 2018 - https://dirtykanza.com/

Medicine Lodge Indian Peace Treaty Pageant - September 28-30, 2018 - http://peacetreaty.org/events/pageant/

Symphony in the Flint Hills - June 9, 2018 - http://www.symphonyintheflinthills.org/events/

Walnut Valley Festival - September 12-16, 2018 - https://wvfest.com/

Is there anything else that you feel travel media should know about your destination?

People seem to believe Kansas is flat. But those who live here know that's just not true. If you venture off the beaten track of the interstate, you'll find a Kansas that is full of surprises - in colors, textures, charming destinations and varied elevations. Yes, Kansas has prairies and plains, but it also boasts hills and rock formations, such as Monument Rock, Castle Rock and Little Jerusalem, which will be opening to the public soon! 

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