Kansas

    Cosmosphere and Space Museum in Kansas. Yes, Really!

    8/19/12 •

    We never expected to find one of the world's most comprehensive space museums in the middle of rural Kansas. So you can imagine our surprise when we discovered the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Museum while passing through Hutchinson in south-central Kansas. Believe it or not, this 105,000-square-foot facility houses the largest collection of...

    Emporia, Kansas: First to Observe Veteran's Day

    8/27/12 •

    I can't think of a better place to pay tribute to America's veterans than my hometown of Emporia, Kansas. Located in east-central Kansas, Emporia first observed Veterans Day -- or as we often call it, All Veterans Day -- a full year ahead of everyone else. Back in the early '50s, the country...

    Stroll Through Dwight D. Eisenhower's Hometown of Abilene in Kansas (1)

    10/11/12 •

    Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said he was most proud of the fact that Abilene, Kansas was his hometown. After paying it a visit, I see exactly where he was coming from. There seems to be no end to the attractions in this small town of 6,800 or so folks. And the...

    Have Fun at the Wamego Tulip Festival in Kansas

    7/11/12 •

    I don't know what I love more at the Wamego Tulip Festival -- the nearly 20,000 tulips blooming in this Kansas town or the authentic Old Dutch Mill windmill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Built in the 1870s by Dutch immigrant John Schonhoff, the 40-foot-tall stone mill is the only one...

    Mini-Review of the Western Kansas Saloon and Grill

    9/20/13 •

    Looking for a place to eat while driving through Kansas on I-70? We highly recommend the Western Kansas Saloon and Grill in WaKeeney, known as the " Christmas City on the High Plains". This former gambling hall and hardware store now serves hearty steak, pasta and seafood dishes in a great Old-West atmosphere...

    Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: Step Back Into the World of the Pioneers of Kansas

    10/27/12 •

    To see the North American prairie as the pioneers first viewed it, head for the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills of east-central Kansas. Only 1% of the 400,000 square miles of tallgrass prairie that once covered the continent remains, and much of it's in the Flint Hills, where the rocky...

    Rock City: A National Natural Landmark in Kansas (1)

    10/13/13 •

    You should definitely stop and see Rock City if you're traveling in central Kansas near Minneapolis, the boyhood town of George Washington Carver. Rock City is one of only three National Natural Landmarks in Kansas. It features roughly 200 huge sandstone rock formations called concretions -- masses of sandstone cemented together millions of...

    Goodland: The "Sunflower Capital" of Kansas

    9/05/12 •

    Thousands and thousands of acres of sunflowers surround Goodland, Kansas -- the "Sunflower Capital of the Sunflower State". But one whopper steals the show! A 24- by 32-foot reproduction of Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers stands on an 80-foot-high easel at the entrance to town on U.S. Highway 24. Comprised of four giant panels,...

    Good Food and Good Fun at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper in Kansas

    3/21/15 •

    It's fun to experience the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper and Hopalong Cassidy Cowboy Museum in tiny Benton, Kansas, any time of year. But it's extra special around the holidays. As a Christmas gift, friends took my husband and me to the Prairie Rose, run by Thomas and Cheryl Etheredge on a working cattle...

    Prairie Dog State Park in Northwestern Kansas

    7/26/13 •

    Praire dogs still thrive at Prairie Dog State Park in northwestern Kansas. Located on the north shore of the Sebelius Reservoir near Norton, the park is also home to wildlife like pheasants, turkeys, badgers and deer. The 1.4-mile Prairie Dog Nature Trail is a good place to spot them. This park also features...

    Visiting Southern Missouri - What Is There to See? (1)

    11/07/12 •

    Some people only know Missouri for two cities -- St. Louis and Kansas City. Yet there is a lot more to Missouri than those two places. The southern section of the state has many attractions, both with interesting towns, and stunning natural sights. Here's a look at some of what the southern part of...

    Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Missouri: Hikes Include Bridges, Tunnels, Caverns, and Sinkholes

    6/16/12 •

    ...bridge... honeycombs of tunnels, caverns and sinkholes... and clear springs. The castle ruins sit high atop a 250-foot cliff overlooking picturesque Ha Ha Tonka Spring, one of the state's largest, emitting 48 million gallons of water a day. The ruins represent the failed dream of wealthy Kansas City businessman Robert Snyder, who started building a...