One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say nasty things about Kansas. Do you know what I have noticed? The people making the jokes have never been here before or, if they have, they simply drove through without stopping. The Sunflower State is by far the most underrated state in the country–but it wouldn’t be if people only knew these 13 things:
1. Kansas's architecture is simply stunning.
No matter where you are in Kansas, you are bound to find gorgeous modern and historic structures, including churches, court houses, and even the Kansas State Capitol.
2. I'll admit it; Kansas has A LOT of golden fields of wheat.
...but did you know that our wheat feeds not only Kansas, but the entire world?
3. Kansans have a knack for brewing beer...
This may come as a surprise to some, but Kansas is home to award-winning breweries, including L.B. Brewing Company (Hays) and Free State Brewing (Lawrence).
4. ...making wine...
You don't have to go to Napa to get a glass of outstanding wine!
5. ...and cooking!
In addition to world famous BBQ, Kansans have a knack for making traditional German, Russian, and Swedish cuisine.
6. Nowhere else but Kansas can you find sunrises...
7. ...or sunsets this glorious.
Are you getting tired of my frequently posted sunset pictures? Me neither.
8. There is American (and world) history at every turn.
The state of Kansas has made great contributions to history, which can be seen at many historic sites such as the Nicodemus Historic District, Santa Fe Trail Remains, and Coronado Heights (pictured).
9. Our sports teams are top-notch.
#WeTooktheCrown. **Side Note: I'm completely aware that Kauffman Stadium is located in KC MO, but the fan base is primarily in Kansas.**
10. Our hills are better than yours.
Covering 9,936 square miles, the colorful Flint Hills are the gem of the plains.
11. Our colleges go above and beyond.
Between our academics, athletics, and picturesque college towns, it's no wonder students from around the world study at Kansas universities!
12. Even jazz sounds better in Kansas!
During the 1920s, Kansas City was a hub for jazz, turning out such legends as Count Basie and Charlie Parker. Today, the sweet sounds of the saxophone can be heard throughout both KC Kansas and Missouri.
13. Our sons and daughters change the world!
Whether it's through farming, academics, or volunteer work, Kansans are continuing to change the world every single day.