I visited Kansas on the Midwest road trip I spoke about in my last post about Iowa. There’s not much in Kansas, but it does have beautiful prairies.
When planning a trip to Kansas, you’ll want to check to see if you’ll be driving on any toll roads. One of the major interstates that we were on in Kansas was a toll road. The bad news is that there aren’t many side roads to take to bypass the tolls, so check out other options before leaving on your trip. The good news is that if you have an EZ Pass (mentioned in my Delaware Post), you can get through the tolls quickly.
During our visit to Kansas, we went on a tour of the state capitol building that included the inside and outside of the dome. If you’re a little scared of heights, you might want to opt out of the dome part of the tour. Now having been on it, I actually would have opted OUT of it. I was so scared, but now I can say I climbed the 296 steps to the dome and lived to type this blog post! But, I really enjoyed my visit. They also have a very small gift shop to purchase things like postcards, t-shirts, and books. NOTE: according to the website, tours of the dome were suspended during renovations but will reopen June 2012.
|Kansas Capitol Building|
|The steps we had to climb to the outside of the dome|
|The t-shirt that they sold in the gift shop|
Just north of Kansas City is Amelia Earhart’s Birthplace Museum in the town of Atchison. Amelia Earhart, born in 1897, is one of the world’s most influential female aviators. Ninety-Nines, Inc., an international organization of women pilots, has owned her birthplace since 1984. Amelia was their 1st elected president in 1931 and they have made her birthplace into a museum in order to portray her life and those of other women aviators through educational and interpretive exhibits, activities, and events.
Just south of Kansas City is the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm in Olathe. It’s the last remaining stagecoach stop open to the public on the Santa Fe Trail and offers a unique hands-on experience for visitors. Such activities include blacksmithing, stagecoach rides, and “plowin’, plantin’ and playin’ on the prairie.” I’d love to go on a stagecoach ride!
Heading west out of Kansas City, towards Topeka is the Dole Institute of Politics on the grounds of the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Dedicated in 2003, the Institute is home to state-of-the art exhibits and one of the nation’s largest collections of Congressional papers, now being processed for use in future research. Together, Senator Bob Dole and Kansas University crafted this beautiful institute to offer public opportunities for all individuals to discover how they might best serve their community, their state, and their nation.
Outside of Topeka, in Wamego, somewhere over the rainbow, you’ll find Oz, The Oz Museum that is. You’ve heard of the movie, the Wizard of OZ, haven’t you? The museum houses over 2,000 artifacts relating to the magical world created by L. Frank Baum. I wish I could just click my heels three times and magically be there!
|Amelia Earhart's House (picture found online)|
|The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop (picture found online)|
|Dole Institute of Politics (picture found online)|
|Oz Museum (picture found online)|
|Old Cowtown (picture found online)|
|Underground Salt Museum (picture found online)|
|President Eisenhower (picture found online)|
|Cattle Drive (picture found online)|
|Boothill Museum and Front Street (picture found online)|
|3 Sunflowers in a Vase (picture found online)|