Need ideas- Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Kansas?
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Sep 26, 2013 6:15 PM Last Post By: gillig
Sep 25, 2013 5:29 PM
15I'd suggest starting with Kansas: Tallgrass National Prairie Preserve. Some people think of it as just boring fields of grass, but it is a great place to see the beauty of nature reflective of Middle America. Then, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (in Kansas City). Great place to learn the history of America's pasttime. Most of what we know today as 'baseball' was adopted from the Negro Leagues (like the home run).
Then on to Missouri, and the St. Louis Arch, both culturally significant and an engineering marvel. From there a river cruise to Memphis, taking time to stop in historic towns like Cape Gireardeau.
I would probably skip Arkansas and Oklahoma altogether. Other than The World's Largest Praying Hands (Oklahoma), there's not really a lot to see here except everyday America. Even though you've got a decent amount of time to see the area, you could easily consume 5-6 days traipsing from one end of these states to the other for only a few hours worth of sights.
Sep 25, 2013 6:22 PM
Sep 25, 2013 8:33 PM
You have no idea what your are talking about. You consider Pensacola a great beach, enough said...
I just rode a moto from Galena to La Crosse up the Wisconsin side and back down the Iowa side today, Chicago>Galena>La Crosse>Savannah>Chicago....for the 3rd time in as many years.
I grew up in St Louis, we have a farm in Hannibal, and a lake residence in the Ozarks. Your info is absurdly backwards. I have been on this forum for 13 years, I laugh when I read your suggestions and opinons.
Sep 26, 2013 8:18 AM
Sep 26, 2013 11:26 AM
19I'm feeling slightly contrarian, so I'll note the National Park Service administers a number of sites in Arkansas that might work for you. Promotional blurbs and other pages:
Whether these are sufficiently "historical" for you or offer outdoor activities you would enjoy in blazing heat and high humidity, is your call.
Sep 26, 2013 11:38 AM
20Flint Hills region in KS. South to the other larger Tallgrass Preserve near Bartlesville, OK and the Woolaroc preserve nearby. I'd also highly recommend a jaunt further south to the Wichita Mtns Wildlife preserve near Lawton. The view from the top of 2000 ft Mt Scott is worth the trip alone. Oklahome is actually very scenic as far as I'm concerned. Then east across the Ouachita Mtns/Winding Stairs, maybe spend a few days at Ouachita Lake boating, swimming. (possibly the cleanest and clearest water in any lake in the US). A houseboat may be too steep for just 2 people, but you can rent smaller vessels fairly cheap at the State Park. For that matter, a float or canoe trip down the Buffalo or White Rivers in Arkansas.
In other words, a vacation, having fun and all that, spending time outdoors, scenic drives, etc not a series of high school field trips to the Museum of the Pointlessly Boring Nonsense.
Sep 26, 2013 6:15 PM
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