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  Salina
Hotel rooms: 2,000
Largest meeting space: 18,000 sq ft
Distance to airport: Five minutes to Salina Municipal Airport. An hour and a half to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

Salina is the perfect blend of big city amenities and relaxed small town charm. Salina offers the meeting planner's one-stop shop!
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  Lawrence
Hotel rooms: 1,400
Largest meeting space: 12,569 sq ft
Distance to airport: Fifty minutes to Kansas City International Airport

Lawrence offers an eclectic downtown with award-winning restaurants, one-of-a-kind event spaces, theatres, galleries and an energetic nightlife. Sports nuts, history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts will all have plenty to keep them busy.
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  Russell
Hotel rooms: 218
Largest meeting space: 3,200 sq ft at the Dole-Spector Conference Room at Fossil Creek Inn & Suites; Elk’s Lodge can seat up to 400 people.
Distance to airport: 30 minutes to Hays Regional Airport. Two hours and eighteen minutes to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

Russell offers modern conveniences, touched with rural charm. Unique tour opportunities ranging from art, history, manufacturing, value-added agriculture, outdoor recreation, and an environmentally friendly retail tour.
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  Overland Park
Hotel rooms: 5,206
Largest meeting space: 237,000 sq ft Convention Center
Distance to airport: Thirty-five minutes to Kansas City International Airport

Located in the Kansas City metro area and in the heart of the country, Overland Park offers visitors the perfect blend of metropolitan amenities and suburban hospitality.
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  Manhattan
Hotel rooms: 1,460
Largest meeting space: 25,000 sq ft of flexible space at the Manhattan Conference Center, which can hold 1,000 people for a sit-down dinner.
Distance to airport: Ten minutes to Manhattan Regional Airport

Manhattan is the home of the Little Apple with big attractions. Big city feel, with small town charm – the CVB offers a hands on approach with planners – always.
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  Hutchinson
Hotel rooms: 1,022
Largest meeting space: 29,000 sq ft at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center
Distance to airport: Forty-five minutes to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

Accessible by three major highways, Hutchinson is centrally located in the state. They have the only venue in the Western Hemisphere where you can meet 650 feet underground.
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  Kansas City
Hotel rooms: 1,751
Largest meeting space: 20,000 sq ft with convention, exhibition and banquet rooms at the Jack Reardon Convention Center.
Distance to airport: Fifteen minutes to Kansas City International Airport

Part of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area, this exciting city offers sports venues, tours and meeting spaces all within walking distance of hotels.
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  Dodge City
Hotel rooms: 1,097 and growing
Largest meeting space: The Western State Bank Expo Center has over 1 million square feet of outdoor exhibit space, an exhibit hall with over 90,000 square feet, and a dirt floor arena with 76,500 square feet.
Distance to airport: One minute to Dodge City Regional Airport (service to Denver). Forty minutes to Garden City Regional Airport (service to Dallas/Fort Worth).

Dodge City offers the perfect retreat: plenty of peace and quiet for a productive meeting and, for afterhours, the charm and excitement of the old west.
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  Hays
Hotel rooms: 1,197
Largest meeting space: 7,470 sq ft at Fort Hays State University
Distance to airport: Two minutes to Hays Regional Airport

This unique German community offers one of the best natural history museums, a thriving nightlife and the Historic Fort Hays.
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  Emporia
Hotel rooms: 775
Largest meeting space: 7,708 sq ft state-of-the-art meeting venue at Emporia State University.
Distance to airport: An hour and a half to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. Two hours to Kansas City International Airport.

The Official Founding City of Veteran’s Day, Emporia is the Front Porch to the Flint Hills, conveniently located between the major metro areas of Kansas.
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  Lindsborg
Hotel rooms: 60  
Largest meeting space: The J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center, a new 15,000 sq. ft. facility can easily accommodate your meeting event from 35 to 400 guests. The venue has the ability to host a formal and elegant soiree or comfortable and casual gathering, setting the atmosphere for a one-of-a-kind event! Packages can be customized to suit your needs. Visit SundstromEvents.com.
Distance to airport: Twenty minutes to Salina Municipal Airport. An hour to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

Centrally located in Kansas, Lindsborg’s unique shops, restaurants and a charming Scandinavian heritage will provide a memorable experience for meeting attendees. Step-on guides are available for a tour of this Swedish cultural haven and prominent arts community.
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Dodge City - DodgeCity.org

Visit Boot Hill Museum and take in a little western history and learn about the most famous burial ground in all of Western Lore. Boot Hill Museum is committed to the collection and preservation of 19th century Dodge City. See a gunfight by the World Famous Boot Hill Gunfighters or visit Miss Kitty and her Can-Can dancers in the Long Branch Variety Show! So as Miss Kitty says at the end of the show: “The next time you come through these parts – you come and see us Down at the Long Branch Saloon!” Visit Boothill.org for more info.
 
Enjoy the Depot Theater Company with dinner theater shows throughout the year. For over three decades, the Depot Theater Company has been the crown jewel in Southwest Kansas’ thriving theatre scene. Founded in 1983 on the Boot Hill Museum campus, the Company now boasts a state-of-the-art dinner theater in the heart of Southwest Kansas. They feature Broadway-caliber main stage productions, “side-track” productions, and a cabaret during the World-Famous Dodge City Days. Networking events are held in the historic Santa Fe Depot and live music is available. Visit DepotTheaterCo.com for more info.
 
Feeling Lucky? Roll the dice & try your luck at the Boot Hill Casino! If you like feeling the rush of action-packed gaming, Boot Hill Casino & Resort is your place to play. Try your luck and hit it big on some of the hottest slots in Kansas. Enjoy nearly 700 slot machines, and 18 table games including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mississippi Stud Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, 3-Card Poker, 21+3 and Live Omaha Poker, and our Steve Walker Memorial Poker Room featuring 5 poker tables – limit and no limit games available. If you’re a stranger, you’ll be greeted like a friend – and feel like one, too. That’s why they say … Real Friendly, Real Fun, Real Close. Visit BootHillCasino.com for more info.


Emporia - EmporiaKSChamber.org 

The Official Founding City of Veteran’s Day, Emporia is the Front Porch to the Flint Hills, conveniently located between the major metro areas of Kansas.


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Hays - HaysUSA.net

Sternberg Museum. At this new four-story dome museum, you will experience a recreated day 88 million years ago when the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex haunted the land and an Inland Sea covered Kansas. Visitors can walk among semi-automated, life-sized dinosaurs in a fully restored environment and experience the life of some of the most spectacular creatures that ever lived. The large array of fossils the Sternberg Family found through their studies are on display including the famous "fish-within-a-fish."
 
Nightlife. Hays' award-winning microbrewery and diner offers nine handcrafted house brews and a menu full of locally inspired dishes made with the freshest ingredients available. Live music Thursday nights. New Beer’s Eve monthly – please visit LbBrewing.com for complete details. In a recent article by Aaron Goldfarb of Esquire, he tabbed Gella’s Diner and Lb. Brewing Company as one of the 14 Weirdest Brewery Locations in America. Located right here in ‘Rural America’ in beautiful downtown Hays.
 
Historic Fort Hays.
Fort Hays was home to the 7th U.S. Cavalry, commanded by Lt. Col. George A. Custer; the 5th U.S. Infantry, commanded by Col. Nelson Miles; and the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalries, better known as the "Buffalo Soldiers." Marcus A. Reno, George A. Forsyth, and Philip H. Sheridan were also among the noted military figures associated with the Fort. In 1867, Hays City was staked out a mile to the north of the fort, and with the arrival of the railroad in October, the fortunes of Hays City and Fort Hays became almost inseparable. The military post was used as a quartermaster depot that supplied other forts throughout the West and Southwest. Such an operation required a large number of civilian as well as military personnel and Hays City consequently experienced rapid development.
 
In those days, Hays City was a wild town, filled with saloons and dance halls. The legendary James B. "Wild Bill" Hickok served as county sheriff for a few months in 1869, but left town the next year after a brawl with some troopers from Fort Hays. Summing up her impressions of Hays City while she and her husband were encamped near Fort Hays, Elizabeth Custer said, "There was enough desperate history in that little town in one summer to make a whole library of dime novels."
 


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Hutchinson - VisitHutch.com

KS Cosmosphere & Space Center. The Smithsonian-affiliated Cosmosphere houses the largest collection of U.S. space artifacts outside the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. It features the largest combined collection of United States and Russian artifacts in the world, STEM-based camp and educational programs that build leaders and motivate explorers, and interactive live shows and theater venues that challenge and inspire. At the Cosmosphere, there is a lot to see and do. And when you're here, you’ll want to do everything!

As a themed entertainment venue of considerable size, the Cosmosphere lends itself well to groups interested in unique experiences. Groups of 15 or more from around the country, ranging from bus tours and travel clubs to church groups and corporate outings, can visit the Cosmosphere and enjoy its affordable group rates. The Cosmosphere also offers five different meeting room options, as well as a full-facility rental space.

The Carey Digital Dome Theater will immerse you in a theatre experience so vivid, you’ll feel like you’re part of the action!  Our dome theater is home to the most cutting-edge technology in digital projection in the nation, featuring a custom-designed lens that allows us to project on the full dome with the highest resolution and clarity available.

In the Hall of Space Museum, you’ll take a journey through the history of space travel. Witness the world’s most significant collection of U.S. and Russian artifacts, including the actual Apollo 13 command module, Liberty Bell 7 Mercury capsule, and a flown Vostok spacecraft. Visit  Cosmo.org for more info.

Strataca. Lurking below the earth’s surface is an adventure you won’t soon forget! Descend 650 feet underground into an active salt mine – the only opportunity of its kind in North America.

Journey through intriguing and palatial rooms that are always 68 degrees with low humidity – and no Kansas wind! Inspired by the poet Pablo Neruda in his Ode to Salt – “I know you won’t believe me but it sings, salt sings” — the walls act as ancient scrolls of the earth, revealing secrets of the strata formed by the Permian Sea long ago.

Learn about salt mining, past and present, in the Mining Gallery and then catch a ride on the Salt Mine Express train to experience the raw mine just as it was left by miners over 50 years ago. The Dark Ride awaits as your journey continues on a tram through a maze of massive salt chambers and a chance to collect a souvenir piece of salt! Strataca also offers meeting space in their event center. This room holds 200 people along with many off-site catering options.

If you still want more, sign up to go BEYOND STRATACA and discover your inner explorer on the SALT SAFARI mine hike. Those age 13 and older can now experience the salt mine just as it was left over 60 years ago! Adventurers will be amazed to find pristine tracks left by man and machine, the remains of the rail system and stunning geological features including a sparkling solid crystal wall called the Submarine, never seen by the public – until now. The Salt Safari takes three hours and is available on select Fridays and Saturdays. Due to mine safety regulations, children cannot be allowed under the age of 4 to go underground. Visit UnderKansas.org for more info.      

Discover either the Cosmosphere or Strataca in one trip and receive a DISCOUNT at your second location! Contact the Greater Hutchinson Convention/Visitors Bureau at 800-691-4262.


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Kansas City - VisitKansasCityKS.com

Kansas Speedway. Kansas Speedway is a 1.5-mile tri-oval suitable for all types of racing. A six-turn, 2.37-mile road course winds through the infield. The track seats over 72,000 people, with 65 rows of seating. The unique ground-level concourse allows spectators to walk down 30 rows or up 35 rows.

Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark. Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark has gone insane with Verrückt, the tallest water slide in the world! Guests can also enjoy shared experiences on over a mile of interconnected river that goes from mild to wild, challenge themselves on towering water slides, catch a thrill on water coasters, ride a wave on the Boogie Bahn Surfing Ride, let the kids splash and play on 13 mini slides, or relax on beaches, in private cabanas or a heated pool with a swim-up refreshment bar. FREE parking, tubes and life jackets. Picnics are welcome inside the park.

Sporting Park. See the 2013 Cup Champs Sporting Kansas City soccer team play in the state-of-the-art Sporting Park Stadium. With so many award-winning players, each season promises excitement for fans.


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Lawrence - VisitLawrence.com

Lawrence offers an eclectic downtown with award-winning restaurants, one-of-a-kind event spaces, theatres, galleries and an energetic nightlife. Sports nuts, history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts will all have plenty to keep them busy. 


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Lindsborg - LindsborgCity.org

Relax downtown! Lindsborg is a walkable community with the town center, shops, and restaurants within walking distance of meeting spaces. Shop the delightful downtown area shaded with trees, available benches and decorative chairs. Browse galleries filled with one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery and art. Home décor and funky accessories abound in shops. Select from a variety of nearby dining choices: fine dining and ethnic, relaxing coffee shops or the famous Öl Stuga Tavern.

Like to keep up your exercise plan when away from home? On your down time catch a walk or run on the Valkommen Trail, a 3.25-mile all-weather bicycle and pedestrian trail. Historic markers populate the trail, telling the story of Lindsborg’s vibrant past. Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, especially over the refurbished railroad bridge located over the Smoky River. Great for photography buffs!

Take a tour! The Lindsborg Convention & Visitors Bureau offers customized tours and a free step-on guide. Learn the history of Lindsborg and plans for the future. Some top stops are a 1898 Roller Mill; Blacksmith Coffee Roastery, specializing in artisan coffee with award-winning green historic restoration; Coronado Heights, a bluff 300 feet above the valley floor; Red Barn Studio; Birger Sandzen Art Gallery; and the Dala Horse Factory. 


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Manhattan - ManhattanCVB.org

The Flint Hills Discovery Center. The Tallgrass prairie – it’s the last of its kind in the world. Learn about how much more there is to the Flint Hills Tallgrass Prairie than what’s on the surface. Definitely check out the temporary exhibits and the must-see immersive experience! Group rates apply for conferences, and the center doubles as a great extra event space!

Konza Prairie. After you’ve experienced the Flint Hills Discovery Center, enjoy the Tallgrass Prairie firsthand at the Konza Prairie. With over 3,000 acres of hiking, breathtaking views, and wildlife, this experience will leave you knowing much more about the Flint Hills and the prairies of the region.

Colbert Hills. Begin or end your meeting with a round of golf in Manhattan’s Flint Hills. We have three different courses for you to choose from – one of which is Colbert Hills, the #1 daily fee course in Kansas. Bring your A-game to this course as it’s challenged even the most experienced!


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Overland Park - VisitOverlandPark.com/Pages/Planners

Located in the Kansas City metro area and in the heart of the country, Overland Park offers visitors the perfect blend of metropolitan amenities and Midwestern hospitality. This second-largest city in Kansas boasts a new entertainment district, unique attractions, upscale shopping, and over 250 restaurants ... all within close proximity to 36 hotels and dozens of meeting space options.
 
The award-winning Overland Park Convention Center offers 237,000 sq ft of meeting and exhibit space. Approximately 1,000 hotel rooms are within walking distance of the Convention Center, making Overland Park an extremely convenient citywide destination. The Center is adjacent to the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel, offering an additional 20,000 sq ft of meeting space. Additionally, Overland Park is home to three more full-service properties, each offering more than 10,000 sq ft of meeting space.
 
Prairiefire is now burning bright in Overland Park! The Midwest’s hottest new attraction is comprised of a brand new museum, seven restaurants, unique retailers and two entertainment venues. The Museum at Prairiefire is the heartland outpost for the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City and every six months, the museum hosts a new AMNH traveling exhibition. Located near the Overland Park Convention Center and area hotels, Prairiefire is the perfect place for gatherings, special events and teambuilding activities. Groups anywhere from f to 5,000 will enjoy everything Prairiefire has to offer, and meeting planners can select from a variety of customizable and unique event spaces.
 


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Russell - RussellCoKs.org

Russell offers modern conveniences, touched with rural charm. Unique tour opportunities ranging from art, history, manufacturing, value-added agriculture, outdoor recreation and an environmentally friendly retail tour.


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Salina - VisitSalina.org

The right place for warm hospitality and the perfect blend of big-city amenities with small town ambiance.  Our location at the crossroads of I-70 and I-135 in central Kansas makes for an easy destination.  A defining aspect of Salina’s lifestyle is our vibrant arts community. View contemporary art or visit an artist’s studio.  Rock out at an amazing concert, see a stunning play, or listen to a lush symphony. Take a history walk, watch a foreign film, stroll through an enchanting zoo and wildlife museum, or sit in on a book discussion or poetry reading.  You’ll discover surprising works of art in public spaces throughout Salina where more than 50 public art pieces are presented for all to enjoy.  Salina bursts at the seams with rural charm and natural beauty, yet entertainment with an urban sensibility flourishes!  The result is a vibrant, charming community with a wide array of things to see and do.