Kansas August 29, 2018
10 Destinations Way Out West In Kansas That Are So Worth The Drive
We just don’t give western Kansas enough love. There is a lot more to do on the eastern side of things, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore all of the beauty and history found way out west in our other half. Western Kansans drive hours just to attend events in eastern Kansas, so we should do the same. Let’s see some of what they’ve got to offer!
1. Arikaree Breaks
Arikaree breaks is a beautiful area in the northwest corner of Kansas that you just can't miss. These hills and valleys are some of Kansas' most beautiful scenery, if you've got the time to drive out here.
2. Mt. Sunflower
Thought it isn't really a mountain, the tallest point in Kansas is aptly named Mount Sunflower. It's a great spot to stop, add your name to the book in the mailbox, and take a few gorgeous photos of western Kansas' natural landscape and sky.
3. Monument Rocks
This towering almost 70-foot high chalk formation used to be part of a sea floor, but today sits in a dry and dusty area in Gove county. It's sitting on private property, so make sure to be respectful if you stop by for a photo, and to leave no trash or broken pieces behind.
4. They Also Ran Gallery
This museum is dedicated to recording each and every president that didn't win the election. Their life and experiences provide an interesting view on the turning points of society here in the U.S. and lead you to wonder what life would have been if they had won instead.
5. Last Indian Raid Museum
Another museum full of history that some have forgotten, the Last Indian Raid museum brings out the history of what it was like to survive as a settler in western Kansas all those years ago.
6. Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Alongside those museums is Sternberg, located in Hays, and filled with every creature you could imagine. Check out giant models of long lost animals or learn more about ones still roaming around today.
7. Webster State Park
Another great place to check out is Webster State Park, and area of Kansas full of wildlife and a great lake just waiting for adventures.
8. Sandsage Bison Range
Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with bison? You're not allowed to touch them, but these majestic and wild beings have grown accustomed to groups of people touring through the area they live in.
9. Cimarron National Grassland
Did you know western Kansas also has a national grassland? This wildlife area might be a little drier than an eastern Kansan is used to, but the wildflowers and animals roaming the area make up for any of that.
10. Keystone Gallery
Keystone Gallery is your one-stop shop for carved stones in varying colors as well as fossils that have been dug up by the owners themselves. If you've ever wondered about excavating something, now's the time to ask.
If you’d like to tour all over Kansas, check out
these places that make us really feel like there’s no place like home. If you want to share photos of your travels, you’ll want to check out our Kansas Nature Lovers Facebook group as well.