Welcome to US Highway 281 in Kansas. This highway runs through the center of the state via the North Central and South Central regions. US-281 isn't just in the middle of Kansas, though! The route cuts through the town of Lebanon, home to the landmark for the geographic center of the contiguous 48 states. This is where travelers can truly say 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 & Wildlife National Scenic Byway, which features amazing wildlife at places like Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.
Drive further south toward Medicine Lodge, and you can 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.