Welcome to US Highway 281 in Kansas. This highway runs through the middle of Kansas from Smith Center in the North Central region to Hardtner in the South Central region. US-281 isn't just in the middle of Kansas, though! The route cuts through the town of Lebanon, which is home to the landmark for the geographic center of the contiguous 48 states. This is where travelers can truly say that they are in the "middle of it all."
There are also amazing opportunities to take scenic detours while on the route. Near the communities of Great Bend and St. John is the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway, which features amazing wildlife viewing at places like Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Drive further south toward Medicine Lodge, and you'll be able to easily access the Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway, giving you a completely different look to Kansas! While on your US-281 adventure, don't forget to browse the area's local food and dining locations, lodging & hotels, history, and natural beauty.
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