If you don’t know a lot about Kansas, it’s time to get familiar. This Midwestern state has a ton more going for it than an association with the Wizard of Oz. There’s a ton of cool cultural and historical spots as well! Here are some of the can’t-miss attractions you’ll want to put on your itinerary for the Sunflower State.
Our 34th president hails from the small city of Abilene. So, in addition to an educational museum and a massive library, you can even pay a visit to his childhood home. It’s located on the premises to get a peek into how he grew up. There’s also an Eisenhower statue that’s perfect for a photo-op.
Spencer Museum of Art (Lawrence)
Located on the campus of the University of Kansas, this popular museum houses more than 45,000 pieces and features both rotating exhibits and a permanent collection of African, American, Asian, Latin American, Contemporary, Native American, and European pieces. The best part? Admission is totally free!
Monument Rocks (Oakley)
These amazing chalk formations almost don’t seem of this world—or at least certainly not of Kansas. They’re made of limestone, about 70 feet at their tallest, and were created during the Cretaceous Period through the erosion of a sea bed. Fun fact: They were the first site designated by the U.S. Department of Interior as a National Natural Landmark in 1968.
Kansas Speedway (Kansas City)
Forget the Indy 500—this 1.5-mile tri-oval speedway, built-in 2001, hosts more than 200 events every year and offers VIP and luxury fan experiences like Ignition Garage and Fan walk that take you behind the scenes.
Evel Knievel Museum (Topeka)
Speaking of risk-taking. You might think a museum devoted to one of the most well-known daredevils might be more suited to Vegas or L.A., but you’ll find it right in Topeka. Here, you can marvel at the legend’s collection of custom stunt bikes and helmets, see his Big Red Mack Truck and Trailer, and learn about his incredible stories of death-defying adventure.