Kansas August 25, 2017
The 9 Coolest Attractions In Kansas That Not Enough People Visit
Oh, Kansas, you have so much to see and do!
Sometimes in the long lists of road trip ideas, you lose a few items. It’s not uncommon for some great attractions to go unnoticed, but these 9 need a little help. Not enough attention is brought to them, so I’m here to show you what you’re missing. Why not check one out next week? Maybe you’ll find a new favorite!
1. C.W. Parker Carousel Museum - Leavenworth
This museum isn't widely known, but it's home to what may be the oldest carousel in the world. It still works, too! Beyond that, carousel lovers may find pieces that remind them of their childhood fairgrounds. It's really a magical place.
2. Johnny Kaw - Manhattan
Though you've probably heard of Paul Bunyan, have you heard of Johnny Kaw? Instead of trees, Johnny prefers to use his giant scythe to cut acres of wheat in a single swoop. He's a Kansas-born legend, and a nice statue watching over a local park.
3. Comanche, The Lone Survivor - Lawrence
In the Kansas University Natural History Museum, there's a section for a stuffed horse named Comanche. He was the only survivor of Little Big Horn. Turns out he wasn't the only survivor, but he's loved anyways.
4. Gunfighters Wax Museum - Dodge City
Though wax faces are on this side of creepy, the Gunfighters museum in Dodge lays out the lives and notoriety of many a villain. It's paired with another museum, so you can see both in the same day, if you wish. However, you might get stuck looking through the Dalton Gang, Jesse James, and Billy the Kid all day.
5. Motorcycle Museum - Marquette
This museum is home to a private collection of restored vintage bikes, and a tribute to dirt racer legend Stan "The Man" Engdahl. If you're a lover of anything motorcycle, you should definitely visit!
6. Little House On The Prairie - Independence
Though it's being replaced soon by a newer replica due to structural damage, this little house is still worth looking in! You can't go inside any more, but hopefully the new year will come with a brand new home to explore.
7. Subterra Castle - Dover
This missle storage unit has been transformed into a full blown castle home! It's well decorated, and been home to it's current owners since 1994. Can you imagine living underground for so long?
8. They Also Ran Gallery - Norton
This gallery documents those who ran for president -- and then lost. Their lives are mostly unknown, save for recent runners, and they are immortalized in this gallery for anyone to discover.
9. Battle Canyon
Battle Canyon is an area south of Lake Scott, and is the site of the last battle of U.S. troops with Native Americans in Kansas. This video shows the landscape, as well as explains the history of the area. Take a look!
If you’re interested in something a little more
natural, check out these easy Kansas hikes.