Kansas lies in the dead center of North America, so geographically speaking, it's the heart of America itself. Kansas is also an important agricultural hub with sweeping farmlands as far as the eye can see. Many of the popular Kansas attractions explain a part of the state's past, a history that isn't as long as you might expect but is very intriguing. From the capital of Topeka to smaller towns and cities like Abilene, childhood home of former president Eisenhower, Kansas tourist attractions present themselves all over the state, in each and every region.
The major city centers in Kansas are all situated toward the eastern side of the state, making this region one of the most visited. The eastern half is brimming with attractions, making it an ideal destination for a vacation in Kansas. In Wichita, Sedgwick County Zoo, The Wichita Gardens and Exploration Place are the three top Kansas tourist attractions to explore. Old Cowtown Museum is one of the most interesting museums in the state. It's open-air design concept along with its living history theme and seventeen far-reaching acres presents a re-creation of Wichita and Sedgewick County history from 1865 through to 1880. The Wichita Art Museum, the Museum of World Treasures and Old Town district offer even more reason to take your time while exploring Kansas attractions in Wichita.
Tourists with car rentals on tours of Kansas should drive northwest for a visit to some of the lesser known, yet also intriguing Kansas cities and towns. Dodge City, Hutchinson and Salina offer numerous opportunities during vacation in Kansas. From the Old West at Boot Hill Museum and the Santa Fe Trail Tracks in Dodge City, to the exciting Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, there are many excellent Kansas tourist attractions away from the bigger urban centers. Salina is also worth a look around when on vacation in Kansas, especially if you're looking for golfing opportunities, outdoor recreation and world class wineries.
Topeka offers a host of Kansas attractions and an abundance of things to do and see. The Kansas State Capitol Building, erected in 1866, is brimming with incredible artwork and magnificent architectural details. The Topeka Zoological Park is one of the best zoos in the nation and the Kansas Museum of History is a must-se if you're a history fan. Wonderful parks perfect for family fun, numerous museums depicting the best of Kansas history and art and fascinating Cedar Crest are more excellent attractions to visit while on vacation in Kansas.
There are a wealth of tourist attractions in Kansas near the eastern border. Kansas City is full of fun and excitement. It borders on Missouri where there are many more attractions and activities to explore. The shopping Mecca of Village West is one of the biggest Kansas attractions there is for tourists seeking some great retail shopping along with excellent entertainment, great Kansas City hotels and a ballpark. The Children's Museum of Kansas City, Cabela's, the Kansas Speedway and Grinter Place State Historic Site are only a few notches off the belt of tourist attractions in Kansas City.
The many other points of interest in Kansas include charming Lawrence, historic and beautiful Atchinson, memorable Abilene and Manhattan, where events like the Flint Hills Beer Fest keep the spirit alive. Kansas also has admirable wineries, flashy casinos, sweeping prairies and famous Route 66. Many families enjoy a pleasant vacation in Kansas by camping, hiking or staying at one of the many fine state resorts where the realm of outdoor activity is more than what you might expect. Kansas seems to have it all, and a surprising diversity, that draws in curious travelers like magnets.
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