Kansas is chock-full of breathtaking spots to spend your time in. There’s everything from lakes, to rock formations, to stunning waterfalls. We’ve got everything we need! Plus, it’s a great excuse to get out there in nature and take a relaxing day away from home. Not only are these beautiful places to visit when the weather is nice, but they also show hidden beauty when the weather’s bad as well. Come take a look!
1. Kanopolis State Park
This gorgeous state park is filled with natural Kansas beauty. However, the best parts are on the Horsethief trail, where you can explore smooth caves and check out the carvings of people long gone (and those who were there last week).
2. Clinton Lake
Clinton Lake is a great place to spend some time to yourself and reflect on your inner thoughts. Of course, the sunsets reflecting off of the water sure help with that, too.
3. Grinter Farms
Thousands of people flock to Grinter Farms each fall to see the sunflower fields as they bloom and show off our state's biggest pride. You can pay to take some home with you, but odds are it'll be hard to take photos while you're there unless you don't mind the crowd.
4. Gypsum Hills
These hills in Barber County make up one of Kansas' most stunning features. No one expects the red earth, flat-top hills or the brush around them. It's like a scene from the west, right here in our backyard.
5. Arikaree Breaks
Arikaree breaks is another feature you wouldn't expect to see in Kansas, but it's been here for years. Formed by the weather and the right soil conditions, these breaks are a wonderful addition to all things Kansas.
6. Mount Sunflower
Though it's not a mountain per se, it marks the highest point in Kansas, near the Colorado border. It's a great place to watch the sky go on forever and take family photos you'll remember forever.
7. Deep Creek Falls (Pillsbury Crossing)
This majestic waterfall is one of Kansas' most beautiful, which attracts many viewers while spring rains are falling. Of course, you can also find it running other times of the year, but not nearly as fast as then.
8. Monument Rocks
Our favorite rock formation was once the bottom of a sea spanning most of Kansas on the western half. Of course, it's quite dry now, and the Niobrara Chalk left behind is a great place for family photos and a little adventure.
9. Wilson Lake
Wilson lake's colorful rocks make for a scene not often found in Kansas. Many of our lakes don't have the rock features and red grasses you'll find here at this lake. Of course, the lake itself is fun too!
10. Four-state Lookout (White Cloud)
There's a little building near the corner of Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri where it's said you can also see Iowa in the distance if the day is clear enough.
11. Flint Hills
The Flint Hills span a large part of eastern Kansas, but there are defined areas within that hold their own type of beauty. This area near Cassoday is a popular spot, with plenty of sky and old cattle pens to make you feel just how great our state is.
12. Elk Falls
Elk Falls is a waterfall, as well as the name of the "largest living ghost town" in the world. Of course, we don't exactly know what that means, but locals will tell you "we're not dead yet!"
13. Prairie burning.
This isn't so much of a specific location as it is many. Prairie burning is common in fields for farming, grazing, or anywhere where prairie grasses need help to keep the cedar trees at bay. If we didn't burn these grasses, we'd live in a forest!