Nature November 02, 2017
11 Unimaginably Beautiful Places In Kansas That You Must See Before You Die
Kansas is home to stunning daily sunsets and plenty of attractions to keep us busy all year. However, Kansas isn’t known as the paradise it really is. These beautiful places hiding in plain sight are the perfect reason to get out there and make it an adventure day. Bucket list, anyone?
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
11. Prairie Lavender Farm - 69 Alpine Ridge Ln., Bennington, Kansas
This amazing lavender farm is a stunning example of Kansas agriculture, and when the plants are in bloom, the purple sea is breathtaking.
10. Maxwell Wildlife Refuge - 2565 Pueblo Rd., Canton, Kansas
This wildlife refuge is a great place to see natural bison and elk in their habitat where they're protected from poachers within a large fenced in area. You can sit high up and take shots from above of the grounds that have been their home since 1859.
9. The Flint Hills
The Flint Hills are always a source of Kansas' beauty, with the rolling hills and rock faces we know and love. You can spend a day walking through them or attend the Symphony in the Hills to further your experience!
8. Wilson Lake - 3 State Park Road, Sylvan Grove, Kansas
This reservoir nestled in a state park isn't your average Kansas landscape. The rock faces jutting up around the water make it feel like you've just stepped into the old west. It's been called the clearest lake in Kansas, which reflects the sunset beautifully every evening.
7. Elk Falls - Elk Falls, Kansas
Elk Falls is a tiny "living ghost town" with not much to do, but there's a gorgeous waterfall near an iron bridge. Well, that and their yearly outhouse design competition.
6. Wakarusa (Baker) Wetlands - Lawrence, Kansas
The wetlands around Lawrence give off the feeling that you're surrounded by life at every angle. This is also a hotspot for migrating shorebirds, who use Kansas as a temporary home between the northern U.S. and Canada to the Gulf area. They migrate through here every spring and fall, so make sure it's the right season for them!
5. Pillsbury Crossing and Deep Creek Waterfall - 2464-2484 Pillsbury Crossing Ln., Manhattan, Kansas
This is our most beautiful (and popular) waterfall, and it's not hard to see why. The area is a great place to camp overnight, but most visitors prefer to stay only for a little while before moving on to other tourist attractions in the area. Wouldn't this be a relaxing place to read a book for a while?
4. Monument Rocks -Gove 16, Oakley, Kansas
Monument rocks are our most famous remains of the inland sea that once ran over most of Kansas. The formations are made of fragile Niobrara Chalk, and the weather is slowly eroding them down every day until they're just dust.
3. Museum at Prairiefire - 5801 W 135th St., Overland Park, Kansas
This museum's special glass was developed by NASA and changes color based on ambient light and the angle you're looking at it. Blues turn to purples, oranges to golds, and other color transitions that will make you want to stay all day until after sunset. It was modeled after the fires that overtake the prairie, burning the grasses to make way for new life.
2. Flush Cathedral - 8965 Flush Rd., St George, Kansas
This tiny church is a little hard to find, and Flush isn't really a town anymore, but what lies inside is simply breathtaking. It's beautiful places like this that bring the beauty of the outside back in.
1. Grinter Farms - 24154 Stillwell Rd., Lawrence, Kansas
Many of us have seen Grinter Farms, but most of us aren't willing to wait an hour or two just to get in. Every year, the giant field of our state flower attracts tourists from all over the world, and every year it's crowded to the point of insanity.
After visiting these beautiful places (or even in-between) you should definitely check out some of
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