Kansas April 08, 2016
12 Charming River Towns In Kansas To Visit This Spring
Are you looking to put a little more “spring” in your step this season? The solution may not be far away, as these 12 Kansas river towns that add a little extra charm and beauty are scattered about the Sunflower State:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
Amelia Earhart's beloved hometown is also home to the western bank of the Missouri River, which marks the Kansas-Missouri state line. For an unforgettable experience with the Mighty Missouri, be sure to drive along the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway, which leads to...
...the historic city of Leavenworth! In addition to its location on the west bank of the Missouri River (near the Dissected Till Plains region), Leavenworth also houses the "Intellectual Center of the Army," Fort Leavenworth.
3. Kansas City
One final Kansas city along the Missouri River is... well, Kansas City. Pictured is the Kansas (Kaw) River; the southwestern-most part of the Missouri River drainage that meets the northwestern-most part of the Mississippi River drainage. Speaking of the Kansas River...
4. De Soto
Named for 16-century Spanish explorer, Hernando De Soto, the city of De Soto takes up an area of 11.20 square miles; 11.07 of which is land, and 0.13 of which is water.
Located along the southern edge of Wamego is the serene Kansas River. If you are visiting Wamego and are looking to have the best day ever, be sure to visit the Oz Museum, grab a couple of Toto's Tacoz, and then have a picnic on the riverbank.
Ah, Lawrence... You are indeed lovely with your Kansas and Wakarusa rivers, Dissected Till Plains, and other various parks and geologic wonders.
7. Junction City
Interesting fact: Junction City was actually named for its position at the confluence of the Smoky Hill and Republican rivers. (Also, after seeing this picture I really, really want to kayak the Kansas River.)
Smoky Hill River:
As it turns out, the city of Lindsborg isn't the only thing that's charming; the surrounding Smoky Hill River is equally memorable. (Don't miss either. Be sure to make a day out of visiting/tasting Little Sweden and gazing upon the glorious river.)
Assaria, Kansas: Home to the Smoky Hill River, delicious Renaissance Cafe (which is located in the sunken gymnasium of the old high school), and 450 happy residents.
The town of (almost) 50,000 loves the Smoky Hill River so much that they have held a festival in its honor the past 40 years. (This year's Smoky Hill River Festival, which promises great food, music, and fun, runs June 9-12.)
The popular 11,150-acre Perry Lake (which is also referred to as "Paradise on the Plains") is a result of the damming of the Delaware River to help control flooding downstream in not only the Delaware, but the Kansas River as well.
Big Blue River:
It's big (so much so that it flows 359 miles between Kansas and Nebraska); it's blue; and it adds even more charm and character to the already magnificent city of Manhattan.