Whimsical dala horses (Swedish folk art creatures) “roam” the streets of Lindsborg (aka Little Sweden, USA), where old-world charm blends with artsy attractions in downtown galleries, shops and eateries.
Track the herd of 38 brightly painted horses around town, then stop in Hemslöjd for a personalized dala horse sign (handmade in the workshop) and Scandinavian gifts.
Main Street boasts an impressive selection of galleries, including Small World Gallery, a showcase of National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson’s works, as well as Kathy Richardson’s designer jewelry. At Red Barn Studio Museum, the working studio of late artist Lester Raymer, admire Raymer’s paintings and creative craftworks, many made of recycled materials.
On the Bethany College campus, the standout Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery displays art of its namesake Swedish painter, world-renowned for his bold landscapes. You’ll also see rotating exhibits by regional and national artists.
Spend the night at the newly renovated Drom Sott (Sweet Dreams) Inn, where a dala horse greets you near the entrance.
For a sweeping survey of this Swedish-settled region and its Smoky Valley, ascend 2 miles northwest to the bluffs of Coronado Heights Park for a panoramic view of the river valley Spanish explorer Coronado likely followed. Stay to picnic, hike the trail or do some stargazing.
Lindsborg also sits in the middle of the 80-mile Prairie Trail Scenic Byway, making it a perfect base camp for day trips. To the south and east, see bison and elk at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge and snap a photo of the “Hot” and “Cold” water towers in Canton. To the north and west, explore Marquette’s Kansas Motorcycle Museum and head to Kanopolis State Park for lake fun.
Find more ideas for places to visit, eat and stay in the South Central region at https://www.travelks.com/southcentral, then explore the rest of the Sunflower State with the 2020 Official Kansas Travel Guide.