Can I let you in on a little secret? My BIGGEST pet peeve is when people bash Kansas for being so “boring” and so “flat”. My response? “You’ve never actually been there, have you?” Here are 15 jaw dropping places in Kansas that will make you fall in love with the Sunflower State!
1.) Monument Rocks
These massive chalk formations are located in Gove County and are on the National Natural Landmark registry.
2.) Drinkwater & Schriver Flour Mill
The 1875 Mill, located on the Cottonwood River at Cedar Point, is picture perfect with its surrounding trees and rushing waters.
3.) Mushroom Rock State Park
Considered to be one of the 8 Wonder of Kansas, Mushroom Rock State Park (located northwest of Marquette) boasts some of the most unusual rock formations you'll ever see.
The City of Lawrence, as well as the surrounding area (pictured), looks like something out of a picture -- the land is lush and the town itself is laid out beautifully!
5.) Lake Scott State Park
A surprising oasis nestled in the prairie of Western Kansas (near Scott City).
6.) Cimarron National Grassland
The Grassland, located in both Morton and Stevens Counties, offers breathtaking views of the natural rock cliffs, cottonwood groves, grassy fields, yucca, and sage brush.
7.) Arikaree Breaks
Another of the 8 Wonders of Kansas, the Arikaree Breaks (located in the badlands of northwest Kansas) were formed thousands of years ago due to erosion.
8.) Kansas City Skyline
Kansas City is a lovely, historic area with a skyline to brag about!
9.) Western Kansas
I love western Kansas because of its clear skies, rolling hills as far as the eye can see, and the peacefulness that comes with being in a rural area.
10.) Flint Hills
Looking like something out of a painting, the Flint Hills are a region in eastern Kansas named for the abundant residual flint eroded from the bedrock that lies near the surface.
11.) Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area
The Wildlife Area, located northeast of Great Bend, is home to birds, raccoons, deer, beavers, muskrats, mink, reptiles, and the largest marsh in the interior of the United States.
12.) Chase State Fishing Lake
The large lake, located in Cottonwood Falls, offers excellent fishing, hiking, and sightseeing to all of its visitors!
13.) Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Located in the Flint Hills, the Preserve protects a nationally significant example of the once vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem.
14.) Elk Falls
The town itself might be billed as "the world's largest living ghost town", but the falls themselves are as alive and stunning as ever!
Wichita is another architecturally pleasing city -- be sure to check out skyline at night!