There’s no denying it (no matter how hard you try): Kansas is a gorgeous state with some of the kindest, most welcoming people you’ll ever meet. Aside from the lovely scenery and residents, Kansas is also home to these 10 charming small towns (<30,000) that you will want to visit!
1.) Wamego (Population: 4,370)
With its quaint downtown area and quirky tourist attractions (including both the Oz Museum and Winery), Wamego is about as fun and kitschy as it gets!
2.) Lindsborg (Population: 3,442)
Also known as Little Sweden U.S.A., Lindsborg is highly regarded for its heritage festivals, historic landmarks, and friendly community.
3.) Abilene (Population: 6,826)
Do you enjoy history? Abilene has it. Do you like Ike? Abilene is home to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Is fried chicken your jam? Abilene has that too!
4.) Hays (Population: 20,510)
Home to the arts, microbreweries, and a variety of unique festivals, Hays will have you coming back again and again!
5.) Mulvane (Population: 5,957)
Located just south of Wichita, Mulvane is a quaint town with offerings for rush seekers, history buffs, and nature lovers.
6.) Galena (Population: 3,085)
Any Disney fans in the family? The character of Mater ("Cars") was inspired by an International Harvester L-170 truck that resides in the downtown area!
7.) Newton (Population: 19,134)
The town may be small in size, but the charm factor is huge with its area art attractions, darling downtown, and welcoming residents.
8.) Council Grove (Population: 2,182)
Named for the agreement between European Americans and the Osage Nation that allowed settlers' wagon trains to pass through the area and proceed to the West, Council Grove is a beacon of history with its annual Washunga Days, Kaw Mission State Historic Site, and delicious 1857 Hays House.
9.) Russell (Population: 4,506)
If you've ever traveled along I-70, you have probably passed Russell -- but if you didn't stop, you missed out on unique boutiques and antique shops, restaurants, and museums!
10.) Bird City (Population: 447)
Once the home of Charles Lindbergh, Bird City is now home to lush fields, holiday traditions, and the famous Tri-State Antique Engine and Thresher Show.