When you mention Kansas to out-of-state residents, a few stereotypes typically immediately come to mind. The first is often The Wizard of Oz, but another of the most popular is most definitely “Kansas is as flat as a pancake.” Anyone who’s spent much time here knows that’s demonstrably false. Sure, we are certainly flatter than states like Colorado or New York that are filled with famous mountain ranges, but there’s actually quite a bit of topography changes within the Sunflower State landscape. Head out in the western half of the state and you’ll even find destinations like Arikaree Breaks, a miniature canyon that’s extremely impressive. Suffice to say, there are plenty of beautiful overlooks in Kansas where you can stand tall above the world below and look down on the state in all its glory. One of our favorites is the magnificent Bluemont Scenic Overlook in Manhattan, KS. Check it out:

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For a bigger city, the Manhattan area has plenty of wonderful trails. Check out some of the best trails near Manhattan, KS at AllTrails if you’re seeking out even more outdoor adventures.

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