Few places can offer the outdoor life that Kansas does. We’re famous for our sweeping prairies and the limestone bluffs of the Flint Hills, but the Sunflower State boasts a unique blend of distinct topographical features. From the wooded glacial hills in the northeast to the canyons and mesas of the southwest part of the state, residents and visitors can channel their inner explorer on any number off breathtaking drives, bike rides or hikes.
Sports & Outdoors
Sports enthusiasts will find few better options than Kansas. We’re a destination state for hunters, and also feature rivers and lakes that offer great fishing and boating.
Our state is home to two world-class golf courses - Prairie Dunes and Flint Hills National - ranked in Golf Digest’s top 100, and a number of other enjoyable courses in communities across our state. If you prefer spectator sports, we’ve got that covered too. Kansas is home to elite college athletics, with teams that are routinely featured in the biggest games and on the national stage. In addition, the Kansas Speedway hosts multiple NASCAR races each year.
Soccer occupies a special role in Kansas City, Kansas, the Soccer Capital of America. Sporting Kansas City, the 2013 Major League Soccer champion, plays before sellout crowds in one of the best soccer stadiums in the country. Nearby, a state-of-the-art training center is being constructed and will host the U.S. National Teams at all levels. That training facility and Johnson County’s outstanding youth soccer facilities will help make Kansas a hub for youth soccer development.
Art, Galleries and Theatre
Art museums and smaller galleries dot the state in a celebration of local art and culture. There is always a concert to attend, including the spectacular Symphony in the Flint Hills and other classical options, a number of country music festivals and Kansas City’s famous jazz performances. The performing arts are important in communities across Kansas, ranging from national touring companies to outstanding community theatre.
Historical and Military
Our state’s unique background provides historical attractions to interest families and history buffs alike. From the Brown vs. Board historic site to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Kansas has locations commemorating some of the most important events and figures in U.S. history.
The Kansas Cosmosphere features many famous artifacts from the Space Race, including the Apollo 13 command module. Due to a rich military background, Kansas is home to forts and museums celebrating the history of America’s armed forces. Of course, the state is also known for its role in the Wild West, and places such as Dodge City offer reenactments and museums dedicated to this distinctive part of American history.
As the breadbasket of America, Kansas boasts outstanding food options. We’re home to fine dining as well as some of the most famous BBQ restaurants in America. And that’s just in our biggest cities. Those who venture off the beaten path will discover an abundance of small town restaurants serving delicious local cuisine. If you love cooking your own meals, farmers markets offer the freshest locally grown ingredients to residents all across the state.
The average commute time in Kansas is less than 18 minutes - the fourth-shortest commute in the country. Moreover, Kansas has consistently been ranked as having some of the best roads in the country, meaning you can count on a safe, worry-free drive whenever you get in your car.
In 2016, Kansas’ state highway system was ranked the nation’s third best in overall highway performance and efficiency in a report released by the Reason Foundation.
Got weather? Kansas is ranked 10th for percentage of sunny days and is in the top one-third of states for clean air. The average daily temperature is 56.4 degrees Fahrenheit. And while there’s no official index of “crystal-clear days that fade into tranquil starry nights,” we think we’d rank pretty high on that one, too.