Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
Only four per cent of the tall grasslands that once covered most of the United States and sustained the buffalo herds is left. One of the best tracts is in the Flint Hills, where you can walk among the waving river of grass, and discover all about Kansas' ranching tradition and Native American heritage. There's also the remains of a 19th-century ranch to explore.
Flights of Fancy
Aviation addicts and space junkies have plenty to keep them happy on holidays in Kansas. Wichita's Aviation Museum is set inside the old municipal airport building and showcases over 40 locally produced aircraft, including Cessnas, Boeings and Learjets. And Hutchinson's Cosmosphere and Space Centre has the Apollo 13 spacecraft and the gloves Neil Armstrong wore on the moon.
Boot Hill Museum
Dodge City's Boot Hill Museum is a homage to its past, when it was the very essence of a lawless Wild West frontier town during the days of sheriff Wyatt Earp. The museum recreates Front Street as it was back in 1876, complete with authentic artefacts and re-enactments. You can even tour notorious Boot Hill Cemetery, where the unlucky were buried with their boots still on.
Native American History
Kansas' story is so bound up with that of the Native American tribes who lived here way before the pioneers arrived, that no one should miss the fascinating Mid-America All-Indian Center in Wichita. It's the place to learn all about the traditions and fate of the Plains Indians.
Strangely formed chalk pillars towering 70 feet into the air stand in two stretched out rows in western Gove County. Remnants of a vast inland sea that covered the state 80 million years ago, their stark white shapes make for an eerie site highlighted against the endless Kansas sky.