Sights

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kansas

Cosmosphere

Possibly the most surprising sight in Kansas, this amazing museum captures the race to the moon better than any museum on the planet. Absorbing displays and artifacts such as the Apollo 13 command module and...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Chase County

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

This 11,000-acre national preserve, 2 miles northwest of Strong City, is a perfect place to hike the prairie, with its 40 miles of scenic trails. Bison were reintroduced here in 2009 and now number about 100,...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Larned

Fort Larned National Historic Site

Six miles west of town, Fort Larned National Historic Site is a remarkably well-preserved 1860s fort in an evocative setting. It's well worth the trip to learn about the turbulent history of the Indian Wars era....

Top ChoiceGallery in Lucas

Garden of Eden

In 1907 Samuel Dinsmoor began filling his yard with enormous concrete sculptures reflecting his eccentric philosophies relating to contemporary life and the hereafter. Tours reveal idiosyncratic stories and his...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Wichita

Old Cowtown Museum

An open-air museum that re-creates the Wild West (as seen on TV…). Over 50 pioneer-era buildings, staged gunfights (April to October) and guides in cowboy costumes thrill kids. Enjoy the river walks.

Museum in Abilene

Eisenhower Presidential Center

Fittingly set against a backdrop of grain elevators, the rather regal Eisenhower Presidential Center includes Ike's boyhood home, a recently redesigned museum and library, and his and Mamie's graves. The...

Historic Site in Kansas

Home on the Range Cabin

The iconic song of the American West, 'Home on the Range,' was written by Brewster M Higley in 1871 at a remote cabin in northern Kansas. Today you can visit the lovely and evocative site of the original cabin....

Museum in Wichita

Exploration Place

Right on the river confluence, this architecturally striking children's museum has no end of cool exhibits, including a tornado chamber where you can feel 75mph winds, and a sublime erosion model that shows water...

Historic Site in Kansas

Fort Scott

This restored fort near the Missouri border dates to 1842. While the parade grounds and buildings in the heart of its namesake city are interesting, the real draw here is the story of the battles between pro- and...

Historic Building in Chase County

County Courthouse

Don't miss the showstopping County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls. Completed in 1873, it is a fantasy of French Renaissance style.

Gallery in Lucas

Grassroots Art Center

An intriguing collection of works made by amateur artists using recycled goods such as buttons, barbed wire and pull-tabs.

Museum in Wichita

Mid-America All-Indian Center

Guarded by Wichita artist Blackbear Bosin's 44ft statue Keeper of the Plains, this museum has exhibits of Native American art and artifacts, as well as a traditional Wichita-style grass lodge. Gardens exhibit...

Museum in Dodge City

Boot Hill Museum

This studio-backlot-like attraction includes a cemetery, jail and saloon, where gunslingers reenact (blood-free) shootouts while Miss Kitty and her dancing gals do a wholesome cancan. Cheesy? Absolutely. At night...

Museum in Chase County

Chase County Historical Society

In a historic corner brick commercial building, this small museum has engaging displays about the county's history including the nearby 1931 plane crash that killed legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne.

Museum in Larned

Santa Fe Trail Center Museum

Two miles west of town, this open-air museum details the vital route linking the US and Mexico for much of the 19th century. Other exhibits include preserved pioneer buildings, like a rather grim sod hut.

Gallery in Lawrence

Spencer Museum of Art

Encompassing works by American Old West artist Frederic Remington, Plains painter Thomas Hart Benton and others, this museum on the University of Kansas campus has a solid collection tied to the region.

Landmark in Topeka

State Capitol

Under the huge copper dome, don't miss the fiery John Steuart Curry mural of abolitionist John Brown. Climb 296 steps for great views outside. Enter via the visitor center at 8th Ave and Van Buren St.