Kansas October 28, 2016
10 Places In Kansas That Are Off The Beaten Path But Worth The Trip
The large cities of Kansas have so many wonderful places to explore that you might never see everything during a lifetime. However, sometimes the best places are off the beaten path—far from the well-traveled city streets. Check out these 10 Kansas gems, found around the state in spots that might require driving out of your way a bit. Do it! You’ll find that these places are well worth your time.
1. Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City
This fun museum keeps the legend of the Wild West alive. Walk down Front Street to see reproduction buildings, displays and even an occasional, entertaining mock gunfight. (500 W Wyatt Earp Blvd., Dodge City)
2. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Much of Kansas was once covered in tallgrass prairie, but that natural habitat is mostly gone now. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is the perfect place to see what Kansas' terrain was like before humans took over. Walk the nature trails, watch for native bison and enjoy some beautiful views of this gorgeous countryside.
3. Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard
Get close up and personal with a wide variety of animals at this wildlife park. The giraffe station allows you to get a little closer to these magnificent creatures, and you'll also see wild cats, rhinos, camels and much more. (1000 S. Hawkins Lane, Goddard)
4. Oz Museum, Wamego
While most of The Wizard of Oz takes places in Oz, Dorothy's home state plays a huge role in the movie. This charming little museum honors the cultural significance of the iconic film wiith displays, memorabilia and more. (511 Lincoln Street, Wamego)
5. Coronado Heights Castle, Lindsborg
This prominent little "castle" can be seen for miles away, and it's well worth a visit. Named after the Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado (who visited this area in 1541), this structure was built in the 1930s. It's used as a picnic shelter, and provides a wonderful view from its 300-foot hilltop. Find it three miles north of Lindborg.
6. Monument Rocks, Near Oakley
These towering wonders were the first National Natural Landmark named by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Formed 80 million years ago, they stand about 70 feet tall. You'll find them about 25 miles south of Oakley.
7. Fort Scott National Historic Site, Fort Scott
This fort is preserved by the National Park System, You'll be able to tour barracks, homes and much more during your tour of this historic place. (U.S. Highways 69 and 54, Fort Scott)
8. Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, Barton County
This important refuge covers 41,000 acres and is the largest wetland habitat in the interior U.S.. It's home to millions of migratory and local birds. To reach this stunning place, you'll traverse a series of gravel roads.
9. Rolling Hills Zoo, Salina
This zoo and wildlife museum features more than 100 species and a 64,000 square foot museum. (625 N Hedville Road, Salina)
10. Cheney State Park
Cheney Reservoir offers one of the best lake sailing in the entire country! You'll also find lots of wildlife viewing, camping, fishing and hiking opportunities in this beautiful state park. It's located about five miles north of Cheney. (16000 NE 50 Street, Cheney)
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