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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 ChoicePub Food in Lawrence

Free State Brewing

One of many good places on Massachusetts St downtown, this is the first brewery in Kansas since temperance campaigner Carrie Nation got one closed in 1880. The beers are excellent and the food creative, with...

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 ChoiceDiner in Wichita

Doo-Dah Diner

The model for diners everywhere. This bustling local downtown fave has fabulous chow, including corned-beef hash, banana-bread French toast and eggs Benedict. Recently remodeled, it's regularly named Wichita's...

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.

Cafe in Lawrence

Wheatfields Bakery Cafe

This renowned bakery uses a huge wood-fired oven to bake loaves that bring devotees from as far away as Kansas City. It has a full breakfast menu and a range of hot and cold dishes at lunch and dinner. Much is...

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....

American in Abilene

Brookville Hotel

The family-owned modern Brookville Hotel is modeled on their original restaurant in the namesake town of Brookvillel, which opened in 1870. Meals at the current parking-friendly location on the outskirts of...

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...

Distillery in Dodge City

Boot Hill Distillery

'Soil to sip' is the philosophy behind this distillery run by three local farmers who supply 100% of the grains. The tasting room – where you can try house-made gins, vodkas and whiskeys – occupies a grand...

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...

Gifts & Souvenirs in Kansas

Nelson's Old Riverton Store

Stop at the red-brick Nelson's Old Riverton Store and stock up on snacks, sandwiches and Route 66 memorabilia. The 1925 property looks much like it did when built – note the pressed-tin ceiling and the outhouse –...

American in Chase County

Ad Astra Food & Drink

American classics done right make the seasonal menus of this stylish Strong City restaurant very appealing. Enjoy great folk tunes, works of local artists on the walls and craft beer flowing from the taps. It's...

Arts & Crafts in Chase County

Prairie PastTimes

A cooperative of Flint Hills artists and artisans working in photography, ceramics, glass, textiles and more. You'll find authentic prairie artworks at reasonable prices. On summer Friday nights, there are live...

Vietnamese in Wichita

Saigon Oriental Restaurant

Even if you're not a regular at this local legend, the family who runs it will treat you like one. They've been here for over 40 years. Dine on fantastically fresh Vietnamese dishes at long tables in the...

Microbrewery in Wichita

Hopping Gnome Brewing

This small storefront taproom in the Douglas Design District has family-style tables, fresh popcorn and a good selection of board games. Oh, and gnomes. Lots of garden gnomes! There's usually a rotating line-up...