Love small towns? Well you’ll certainly be in luck in Kansas, where there are plenty of small towns and country-style hospitality even bleeds into Kansas’s biggest cities. During your trip, you can easily pop into many of the small towns that surround the state’s main features like Greensburg’s big well, the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, the Monument Rocks, and of course, the tallgrass prairies.
Kansas attracts family travelers, cyclists, bird watchers, equestrian riders, foodies, adventurers, motorcyclists, history buffs, and more. For those who love a good story, many of the small towns in Kansas have an interesting history that often involves bandits, cancan dancers, and shootouts. Some of the local museums or historical exhibits are more entertaining than their big city counterparts.
As for natural landscapes, Kansas’s flat terrain of wheat fields, rolling hills, and endless skies make for some seriously incredible sunsets. The wide-open roads and fields seem to appeal to travelers in search of a unique experience that’s well off the heavily-tread path. Wherever you go, a local will likely point you in the right direction for the town’s local evening lookout.
Lets explore the best small towns to visit in Kansas:
Lecompton, with a population of a little over 600 people, is one of the United States of America’s most important cultural and historical sites. Lecompton was not only where the Civil War started, but also where the cruel practice of slavery began to die. In 1857, a Constitution was drafted that would make Kansas a slave state. There was immense pushback from the anti-slavery political party, and ultimately this was one of the greatest factors that led to the Civil War.
Today, Lecompton has a handful of historical sites where you can learn more about the interesting history of the region and the Civil War. Some must see exhibits are in the Territorial Capital Museum and the Constitution Hall.