Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Category - Discovery Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:43:26 GMT This Northwestern Road Trip Rocks the Stereotype http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/This-Northwestern-Road-Trip-Rocks-the-Stereotype-/3110/ One of the things I love most about being a Kansas girl is the remarkable diversity of this state. In fact, if you had been along with me on my&nbsp;Yellow Brick Road Trip&nbsp;through the Northwestern High Plains, you would have marveled at dramatic rock formations and tasted the rich brew of a local coffee roaster. You could have experienced Kansas’ African-American heritage or hiked miles of scenic trails.&nbsp; Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/This-Northwestern-Road-Trip-Rocks-the-Stereotype-/3110/ Reconnect with Friends on this Girls-Only Getaway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Reconnect-with-Friends-on-this-Girls-Only-Getaway/3108/ It’s not often I get to steal away with my two high school BFFs for a weekend to reconnect and recharge. A weekend without kids and significant others means time for us to catch up, share stories, and celebrate with great food and shopping. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Reconnect-with-Friends-on-this-Girls-Only-Getaway/3108/ Family-friendly Road Trip http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/21/Family-friendly-Road-Trip/3107/ I have a six-year-old and an eight-year-old, and they are ever-enthusiastic Kansas Roadies. They pack their own bags, read their own maps. They can live for days on PB&amp;J sandwiches from a cooler – and they can tell you more about Kansas geography, history and culture than most. However, we’re not so far removed from screaming car seat journeys that I can’t recall the urgency with which we sang “The Wheels of the Bus” for the fortieth time. Traveling with kids brings its own special brand of joy and wonderment, but it can be challenging. With a little extra consideration, you can fine-tune your family adventure to meet the interests of your own young ones. The southern region of Kansas’ Central Prairie is the perfect place to begin your own family adventure, offering opportunities for varying interests and ages with kid-friendly accommodations and fun food options.&nbsp; Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/21/Family-friendly-Road-Trip/3107/ Finding New Favorites in the Flint Hills http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/21/Finding-New-Favorites-in-the-Flint-Hills/3106/ The Flint Hills region is one of my favorites on the planet. In truth, I do fall just a little bit in love with each place I visit on the&nbsp;Yellow Brick Road Trips&nbsp;but, since attending Kansas State and living in the middle of this vast, rolling beauty, the Flint Hills are somehow part of me. They absolutely get a space at the top of my travel list.&nbsp; Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/21/Finding-New-Favorites-in-the-Flint-Hills/3106/ Northern Central Prairie Inspires Explorers of All Ages http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/19/Northern-Central-Prairie-Inspires-Explorers-of-All-Ages/3105/ Looking for a road trip that inspires inquisitive minds of all ages? Before we even returned home from our&nbsp;Yellow Brick Road Trip&nbsp;through the Southern Central Prairie, my son Charlie was sketching “machines” of gears and springs, my son Lucas was beginning a rock collection, and I was planning an art project involving my favorite (broken) coffee mugs. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/19/Northern-Central-Prairie-Inspires-Explorers-of-All-Ages/3105/ Tanganyika Wildlife Park: A wildly different stop near Wichita http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/6/Tanganyika-Wildlife-Park-A-wildly-different-stop-near-Wichita/3087/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/IMGP0010.jpg'/><br/>The Tanganyika Wildlife Park takes a wildly different approach from other experiences I've seen in Kansas. While many zoos&nbsp;are gradually putting visitors further and further away from the animals, this park invites you for an up-close hands-on experience. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/6/Tanganyika-Wildlife-Park-A-wildly-different-stop-near-Wichita/3087/ The State Fair is a Great State Fair http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/The-State-Fair-is-a-Great-State-Fair/3075/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/IMGP0052.JPG'/><br/> Every time I see the complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica on the shelves of my living room, I think of the Kansas State Fair. Strange? Perhaps, but of course, there's a story behind that... When I used to live in Wichita, the State Fair in Hutchinson was a regular must-do for my friends and me. We eagerly looked forward to bierocks, the Old Mill roller water boat ride and a view of the annual butter sculpture in the Pride of Kansas building. Yes, there was something a bit kitschy about it all for us, cool twenty-somethings, but then again, we always had fun.&nbsp; Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/The-State-Fair-is-a-Great-State-Fair/3075/ Favorites of Fiesta http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/23/Favorites-of-Fiesta-/3054/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Fiesta.jpg'/><br/> Fiesta Mexicana&nbsp;is so much a part of the Topeka summer experience that it is hard to keep in mind the event is simply a church fundraiser. Of course, there is nothing simple about it. A better way to describe &quot;Fiesta&quot; is a celebration of culture and community that one neighborhood shares with us all. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/23/Favorites-of-Fiesta-/3054/ Stadium Built "For the Fans" Doesn't Disappoint http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/16/Stadium-Built-For-the-Fans-Doesn-t-Disappoint/3031/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Sporting-Fire-Pregame-Huddle.JPG'/><br/> Once a punch line of toilet-themed jokes, the soccer team formerly known as the Kansas City Wiz (and later the Wizards) is now the ideal franchise in all of American sports. Their matches are also the hottest ticket in Kansas City. After 12 years of sharing the cavernous football stadium and three more years in a tiny baseball park, rebranded Sporting Kansas City opened its first true home in 2011. Since opening Sporting Park near the Kansas Speedway in Wyandotte County, the club has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity. Thu, 16 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/16/Stadium-Built-For-the-Fans-Doesn-t-Disappoint/3031/ Safari Adventures in Chanute http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/11/Safari-Adventures-in-Chanute/3021/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/040--800x593-.jpg'/><br/> The museum that bears the name of Martin and Osa Johnson is not exactly what you'd expect to find in the middle of Kansas. Then again, Martin and Osa Johnson were not exactly your run of the mill people.&nbsp; Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/11/Safari-Adventures-in-Chanute/3021/