The state of Kansas has a lot of open expanses,
which you will surely notice on a Kansas vacation.
The 13th largest state in the Union, Kansas has
sprawling grasslands and prairies, and the Kansas
high plains slowly rise in elevation towards the Colorado border.
While a good part of the Kansas landscape seems
to offer up little in the way of diversions, those
wishing to explore the options a bit will find that
a Kansas vacation can be just as rewarding as a
visit anywhere else in the country. From its
exciting urban areas, to its college towns and its
notable state parks, Kansas has plenty to offer
the unsuspecting tourist, and the Kansas hotels
offer up just as much in the way of accommodations.
Come to Kansas and see what America's heartland
is up to. Chances are you will be pleasantly
surprised by the variety of things to do here.
If you are driving into Kansas from its eastern
neighbor, Missouri, standing
in your way on I-70 is the thriving city of Kansas
City. Kansas City is split practically
down the middle by the Kansas/Missouri border, and
if you are on a cross-country drive and tiring,
you will find a bevy of hotels in Kansas City that
will fit any budget and taste. Kansas City
is known for is its barbecue and steaks, which lend
themselves to the city's complete dining scene.
It is also known for its jazz scene and its frontier
history. Among the cultural things to do in
Kansas City is visit its museums, among which are
the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Negro Leagues
Baseball Museum/American Jazz Museum. As for
nightlife, the downtown district of Westport has
a lively scene, or you can check out the city's
rich bar and club scene. For gaming, the Kansas
City Riverboats give you a chance to tempt Lady
Luck. As is the case for most United States
cities, the hotels in Kansas City offer plenty of
chain hotels that are a good bet for discount Kansas
lodging. Downtown, you can find more historical
and service-oriented hotels in Kansas City, and
the occasional bed and breakfast is the way many
choose to go.
Following west along the state's most traveled
thoroughfare, I-70, the college town of Lawrence is where you will find the University of Kansas.
Lawrence is known for its rich music scene, and
the city provides plenty of live music venues where
you can leave the monotony of the radio playlists
behind. Abe & Jake's Landing is
just one of the featured music venues to visit in
Lawrence, and it has hosted performers in the past
like O.A.R. to John Mayer. The Bottleneck
is also a favorite music venue here, where artists
such as the Foo Fighters, Widespread Panic and Lucinda
Williams have performed. Finding discount
Kansas lodging in Lawrence is made easy by the list
of chain hotels that have establishments here, and
the various inns and bed and breakfasts are where
you will stay if you want more character.
Back in the car, you are just a short drive away
following west from the capital city of Topeka.
You can find first-class Kansas hotels in Topeka,
as well as the chain variety budget hotels in Kansas.
Some of the attractions not to be missed in Topeka
include the Brown vs. Board National Historic Site
& Museum, the Kansas History Museum, the Kansas
State Capitol, and Old Prairie Town, which is found
at the historic Ward-Meade Park. Topeka has
a lively nightlife scene, and shopping and dining
here is a pleasure for visitors and locals alike.
For gaming action, head north of the city for the
Southwest of Topeka, Interstate 35 takes you to
the city of Wichita,
where you will find big city excitement and small
town charm. Of considerable interest in Wichita
is its Old Town District, which features the best
shopping, dining and entertainment in the city.
You might consider staying in one of the Old Town
Wichita KS hotels if you want to be close to everything.
Among the places that are popular to visit in Wichita
include Exploration Place, the Sedgwick County Zoo,
and the Mid-American All Indian Center. Besides
the downtown Wichita KS hotels, there are some nice
chain brands to choose from like the Best Western
Airport Inn, and the various other chain brands
are your best bet for cheap Wichita KS hotels.
About 155 miles west of Wichita along Highway 400,
the historic Dodge City can be found. An important
town on the crossroads of western history, Dodge
City maintains its western heritage, and its hospitable
people make it a joy to explore. This is Old
West frontier history at its best, and with such
notable lawmen as Wyatt Earp and W.B. “Bat”
Masterson bringing law and order to the town in
the 1800's, the city came to influence popular culture,
especially with the television show, Gunsmoke.
Along Wyatt Earp Blvd. in Dodge City is where you
can find the majority of Kansas hotels in the area.
They are primarily of the chain variety, making
them good bets for budget hotels in Kansas.
Kansas is bordered to the West by Colorado, and
many people driving to the Rocky Mountains from
the east will pass through Kansas on Interstate
70. All along this popular route are budget
hotels in Kansas and the chain variety of discount
Kansas lodging that mirrors those found along the
interstates of most of the United States.
Kansas is a gateway to the West, and with surrounding
states like Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska, it is truly
the heartland of America. While the western
portion of Kansas leaves somewhat little to be explored,
there are state parks and various museums of interest
that you may consider visiting. For more ideas
on finding discount Kansas lodging, you can try
searching out vacation packages online, or by perusing
the internet options for budget hotels in Kansas.
Come to the Sunflower State and see what middle
America is up to. You'll be surprised
how warm the welcome can be here.