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Some Kansas Road Trip Highlights

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1) Going towards Wichita on 35, we were surprised and awed by the vast, rolling Flint Hills. Replete with grazing cattle as far as the eye could see across a velvety green vista, we kept repeating ourselves,"Wow!".
2) In Wichita, breakfast at the Eaton was so scrumptious, we went back again the next day. Get the corner table by the windows on a sunny morning and prepare to relax as the staff treats you very well indeed and you bliss out on the food. Then go to the little bakery for a cupcake with a giant frosting flower on top or some other yummy decadent confection. Carrie Nation smashed up the bar here once...no respect for the architecture.
3) The Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, northwest of Wichita. Affiliated with the Smithsonian(s), a fabulous, highly informative and creative effort to describe the whole dang space race, with a huge collection of US, Russian, and Nazi equipment and stories to go with them. Plus an Imax, plus a planetarium, plus a crazy genius scientist lab show. It just goes on and on.
4) Wamego (E of Manhattan, W of Topeka) has an Oz museum right on its tiny town main street. It houses a huge collection of Oz memorabilia and a little dog named Toto greets you at the door. Check out the restored theater just a couple of doors down ~ it's made from Chicago World's Fair pavilions.
5) Amelia Earhart's birthplace in Atchison (NE border). It sits on a street that runs parallel to the Missouri (where Lewis and Clark stopped, too). You can sit on the front porch on a rocker and watch the birds catch the updrafts over the river and imagine Amelia having done the same thing. The house is lovely inside and out, with a sort of presence about it. I had tears in my eyes.
Hope this helps a few travelers. We loved Kansas. We went in May, before it was too hot. Roads were mostly fine. We plan on returning to explore Kansas City and the far western part sometime.

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