Kansas June 15, 2015
12 Things In Kansas You Must Do Before You Die
Bucket lists…Do you have one? If you answered yes, keep reading, as we need to compare notes. If you answered no, begin one today with these 12 things in Kansas that you must do before you die:
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:
1.) See Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa all at the same time.
Why see just one state when you can see four?! The Four State lookout in White Cloud offers incredible views that you won't find anywhere else.
2.) Spend a weekend at a historic Kansas Bed and Breakfast.
Whether you travel to the opposite end of the state or stay right in your hometown, treat yourself to a night at one of the many historic bed and breakfasts in Kansas (pictured is the Lyons Twin Mansion in Fort Scott.)
3.) Stargaze in Western Kansas.
Western Kansas has some of the clearest, most pristine skies you will ever see -- throw some blankets and pillows in the bed of your truck, sit back, and enjoy the stars like never before.
4.) Sip, snack and discover local artists at the Hays Art Council's seasonal Art Gallery Walk.
Explore historic downtown Hays and admire original art pieces at this highly anticipated quarterly event.
5.) Watch the sun set behind the Keeper of the Plains.
The magnificent 44-foot tall steel sculpture, which resides in the heart of Wichita, is the perfect foreground to any colorful Kansas sunset.
6.) Camp next to one of Kansas's many serene lakes.
No need to visit our neighbors to the east or west to pitch a tent -- Kansas has several picture perfect campgrounds just waiting for you and your family!
7.) Try a different authentic KC BBQ joint everyday for a whole week.
Kansas City barbecue trumps all, so why not try a different KC BBQ joint (at least) once a day for a week to decide which one is best?
8.) Explore Castle Rock.
This stunning limestone structure is an unexpected jewel on the Kansas plains that needs to be seen (and explored) at least once.
9.) Spend the entire day in Abilene.
Eisenhower's resting place is a sanctum for museums, restaurants and other memorable adventures for the entire family! Begin your day on the popular Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad, and end it with a homemade feast at the Brookville Hotel.
10.) Take in the Flint Hills Symphony.
If you haven't experienced the Flint Hills while singing "Home on the Range" with a large orchestra, then you haven't fully experienced them.
11.) Visit Lindsborg's Svensk Hyllningsfest.
Linsborg, or "Little Sweden," hosts a biennial heritage celebration complete with authentic foods, dancers and vendors that you won't find anywhere else (besides Sweden, of course.)
12.) Search for treasures at a 400-mile long garage sale.
You never know what awesome finds you'll score at this fun and unique event!
Which of these items can you check off this list? And what would you add?