Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Category - Kansas Byways Tue, 30 Jun 2015 03:38:45 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/ Tow Trucks and Chicken Dinners – Treasures in the Eastern Wooded Hills http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Tow-Trucks-and-Chicken-Dinners-Treasures-in-the-Eastern-Wooded-Hills/3109/ Some of my most cherished childhood memories are of my grandparents taking my brothers and me on journeys across Kansas. Now that I have children of my own, I want them to have the same ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Tow-Trucks-and-Chicken-Dinners-Treasures-in-the-Eastern-Wooded-Hills/3109/ 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/ Kansas on Two Wheels: Smoky Valley Scenic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/13/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Smoky-Valley-Scenic-Byway/3088/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Picture-12.png'/><br/> Last, but not least. &nbsp;The&nbsp;Smoky Valley Scenic Byway&nbsp;was the last of the eleven byways we traveled this year, but it definitely wasn't the least. Located in Trego and Ness counties in west central Kansas, the Smoky Valley Scenic Byway gave us an additional 60 miles of exploring on highways we'd never visited before. &nbsp;&nbsp; Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/13/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Smoky-Valley-Scenic-Byway/3088/ Kansas on Two Wheels: Frontier Military Historic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/17/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Frontier-Military-Historic-Byway/3074/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Picture-52.png'/><br/> Urban to rural. Winding to straight. Modern day amenities to historical sites. 168 miles of byway exploration along the&nbsp;Frontier Military Historic Byway&nbsp;stretches from Fort Leavenworth in northeast Kansas to Baxter Springs in far southeast Kansas. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/17/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Frontier-Military-Historic-Byway/3074/ Kansas On Two Wheels: Flint Hills National Scenic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/15/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Flint-Hills-National-Scenic-Byway-/3063/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Picture-13.jpg'/><br/> Cassoday, Kansas: known as the "Prairie Chicken Capitol of the World", this Butler County town is home to about 125 souls. From April to October each year, the first Sunday of the month, the town's population explodes as bikers pull in to enjoy the&nbsp;Cassoday Bike Run. Started back in 1991 by a couple of bikers that asked the café owner if she would open up on Sunday morning once in a while for bikers cruising along the&nbsp;Flint Hills Byway&nbsp;(Hwy 177), this monthly event has grown each year. Thousands of bikers show up for food, friends and entertainment each month.&nbsp; Located at the south end of the&nbsp;Flint Hills Byway, the Cassoday Bike Run is a terrific way to start your day on the Byway.&nbsp; Thu, 15 Aug 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/15/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Flint-Hills-National-Scenic-Byway-/3063/ Kansas On Two Wheels: Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/13/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Wetlands-and-Wildlife-National-Scenic-Byway/3062/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Picture-13.png'/><br/> Must-haves for the&nbsp;Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway: a map to ensure you don't miss your turn and binoculars (if you have room in the saddle bags). Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/13/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Wetlands-and-Wildlife-National-Scenic-Byway/3062/ Kansas On Two Wheels: Route 66 http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/30/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Route-66/3057/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Screen-Shot-2013-07-31-at-4.57.48-PM.png'/><br/>&nbsp;The Mother Road....Mater, Lightning, Sarge and Flo....the Will Rogers Highway....whatever brings this road to mind,&nbsp;Route 66&nbsp;is an iconic highway that travels from Chicago to Los Angeles. Once the major thoroughfare that connected much of our country, this two-lane road has turned into a destination rather than a way to get to the next stop.&nbsp; Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/30/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Route-66/3057/ Kansas On Two Wheels: Post Rock Scenic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/5/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Post-Rock-Scenic-Byway/3046/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/GardenofEden.jpg'/><br/> As one travels along Interstate 70 through Kansas, there is a stretch of highway that passes through farm ground fenced in by barbed wire and rock fence posts. These yellow-white fence posts are all fairly uniform in shape and size. To some, they may harken back to another time when rock was used to build barns, homes and fences. To others, they signal the area known as "Post Rock Country". Settled by Bohemians from Europe, this area is rich in limestone, fertile soil and the history of our Kansas ancestry. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/5/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Post-Rock-Scenic-Byway/3046/ Kansas on Two Wheels: Western Vistas Historic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/18/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Western-Vistas-Historic-Byway/3040/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Picture-5.png'/><br/> There will be that place in a ride that you feel the pull to stop. Pull over to the side of the highway. &nbsp;Soak in every sight, sound, smell around you because it's just so....much. More than once along the Western Vistas Historic Byway, this had to happen in order to take it all in and not miss a drop, to revel in the awe of the moment. &nbsp; Tue, 18 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/18/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Western-Vistas-Historic-Byway/3040/