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KANSAS, the HEART OF AMERICA!

The state of Kansas has a lot to offer. Out of the 48 contiguous states, this state is right in the center. More technically speaking, the most northern tip of the state is the actual geographical center of the states (Alaska and Hawaii not included).

Here are some places to consider:

Topeka (Capital of Kansas)
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Kansas Museum of History
Kansas Museum of History Topeka Kansas

Kansas City
Even though it may seem like the biggest in the state, the majority of the city is on the Missouri side. The city combined with other suburbs is one of the biggest cities in the region. Don’t forget to stop by for some BBQ!

Christmas Fountains Crown Center Kansas City Missouri USA
Christmas Fountains Crown Center Kansas City Missouri USA

Lawrence
Kansas University resides in this town. It is also not far from two major cities, Topeka and Kansas City. If you are a Jayhawk fan, this is where you come for all of the home games!

University of Kansas at Lawrence Kansas USA
University of Kansas at Lawrence Kansas USA

Wichita
According to the population, this is the biggest city in Kansas. Wichita State University is where all of the shockers come for home games! The air capital of the world has made a newer airport, Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport; fly through here if you wish.

Hutchinson
This is one of the bigger cities on the western side of the state. The Cosmosphere there is a place you can go to study more about space. There is even an underground salt museum you can go to.

Manhattan
Kansas State University resides in this town. If you come to watch any sport, football is what the Kansas State Wildcats are all about. The city is also scenic; it is surrounded by many hills around on the outside and the two main roads from I-70 are good roads you can take to get there

Hays
Home of Fort Hays State University. You can go here for college if you live in the western part of the state so you don’t have to travel as far east to get to KU, KSU, or WSU. You can also go see the Sternberg Museum of Natural History here.

Liberal
This city is found right next to the Oklahoma border in southwest Kansas. You can get here via US-83 or US-54, which are both major highways. Dorthy’s House is a popular place you can go to here.

Salina
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Kenwood Cove Salina Kansas
Kenwood Cove Salina Kansas

Atchinson
Amelia Earhart Birthplace (Atchison, KS) – One of the many famous people in the world actually came from Kansas! Right off the Missouri River, you can tour the house where she lived.

Dodge City
Another look at southwest Kansas! This place is known for being a frontier cow town founded back in 1871 aka Fort Dodge. You should stop by to visit the Boot Hill Museum while on your way to your destination.

Pittsburg
This city is close by the Missouri border in southeast Kansas and is only thirty miles away from Joplin. You can get here via US- 69 or US- 160. You could visit Miner’s Memorial or Veterans Memorial Amphitheater Museum during your travels.

Emporia
I-35 and I-335 meet at this point. You can travel north to Topeka, east to Kansas City, or south to Wichita using these interstates. Emporia State University is an option for college to the high school graduates or if you want to watch an event or explore the place.

Coffeyville
This city is found in southeast Kansas right next to the Oklahoma border. You can get here via US-166 or US- 169. Dalton Defenders and Coffeyville History as well as Brown Mansion are some places to visit here.

Elkhart
This city is next to both Oklahoma and Colorado state borders. Elkhart is known as the Cornerstone of Kansas since it is just about as southwest as you can get in Kansas without entering another state. Wide open spaces! You can learn more about Cimarron National Grassland if you visit the museum there.

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Topeka, Kansas USA

Topeka is the capital of the state of Kansas. It lies in the eastern part of the state. You can get there multiple ways. For example, you can get there via I-70, I-335, US-75, or K-4. Since it is the capital of the entire state, there surely has to be something cool there right? Here are some cool places I have been to in Topeka so far:

  • Historic John and Mary Ritchie House.
    This was just the beginning of our field trip to Topeka. I did not know that the Underground Railroad was in Kansas before we arrived at the house. It was all real, which is why the experience was so cool. If you’re a fan of the Underground Railroad, this is a place to go. You will most likely learn something while you are there!
  • Brown v. Board of Education.
    This was our second stop on our field trip. Since we had learned about the civil rights movement in history, this was a nice addition. It was like a review for what we were learning about in school. For people interested in learning about the civil rights movement or you just like the topic, this is a must. Maybe you might learn something you didn’t know before!
  • Kansas State Capitol.
    This was the last stop on our field trip. We were able to explore the huge area. It was very cool to ride down the elevator because you could really tell how tall the building was from that perspective. The place was nice and fancy, as you would expect. I can’t name just one favorite moment there because the whole experience was the best part of our visit there. 
  • Kansas Museum of History.
    I went with my family here and there was a lot to learn and explore about the place which is why it is interesting to go there. And yes, there is a gift shop included for any shoppers out there interested.
Kansas Museum of History
Kansas Museum of History Topeka Kansas

For more information about these places, the links provided for each of them are above. Thank you for reading! Be sure to read more articles on the website!


Salina, Kansas USA

Here are some places you can go to while you are visiting Salina, Kansas:

Kenwood Cove Salina Kansas

Kenwood Cove.
This water park is around the center of town and next door to the Tony’s Pizza Events Center. Since it is outdoors, it is only open during the summer.

The Alley.
This is not just for bowling. There is also an arcade center, laser tag, sports grill, billiard tables, etc. It just opened recently and is near the Fieldhouse and the library on the northwest side of town.

Sky Trampoline Park.
As you would expect, the place is full of trampolines! Purely for entertainment, the place is on the west side of town on Ninth Street.

The City.
Mostly for teens, the place is full of games! You can do a number of things there. You can find it downtown just south of the library.

Tony’s Pizza Events Center.
This is where a number of things happen. There will be events every once a while here. The events center is next to Kenwood Cove or west of Ohio Street.

Salina Public Library.
The county building is on the south part, the library on the north part. Feel free to check out books or even play games on the computers if you feel like it if you have a card. It is south of Elm Street and east of Ninth Street.

SALINA YMCA.
If you go to the center of town just south of Kenwood Cove, the YMCA is a place to workout. If you live closeby, it will be worth it to get a membership there if you would like.

Sunrise Lakewood Park Salina Kansas
Sunrise Lakewood Salina Kansas USA

Salina Municipal Golf Course.
If you are a golfer who lives closeby, this is where the city golf courses are located. It is on the very east side of town south of Crawford Street and west of Markley Road.

Salina Fieldhouse.
Next to the Alley in downtown Salina, you can do a number of sports. It also opened fairly recently, so go check it out for yourself!

GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness.
If you have membership with GreatLIFE club, it’s another place to play golf, use the gym/physical fitness center, and go swimming in the summer. In the southeast part of the city, it is located right at the south end of Marymount Road.

GreatLIFE Golf Salina Kansas
GreatLIFE Golf Salina Kansas

What are you waiting for? There are so many options to choose from. For more info visit Saline.Com.
Please feel free to do any of these activities in town! 


Geographic Center of the 48 Contiguous U.S. States

Chapel at the US Geographic Center of the Continental United States
Chapel at the US Geographic Center of the Continental United States

Near Lebanon, Kansas is the Geographic Center of the 48 contiguous U.S. states just a couple of miles away from the town. You can find it in the northern part of the state via US-281 and K-191. Alaska and Hawaii are not included since they do not border any other U.S. state.

When you arrive, you will notice that there is a flag pole with a U.S. and Kansas flag on it.  There are also places to sit and have a picnic in the shade. A small white building with a cross symbolizes the religion which our founders believed in. Other than that, there is not much there besides the things already mentioned.

If you are standing in the area, you can spot the town Lebanon with your eyes since it is not that far away. Lebanon is a very small town. In fact, the population is only about 200 people. However, I am pretty sure the visit will still be interesting.

Wilson State Park Kansas

Wilson State Park

You can stop by Lake Wilson (Wilson State Park) above if you are heading North to US-281 (from I-70) via scenic Kansas Highway 232.


Atlantic Coast Vacations

The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean on Earth (Pacific is the largest) covering about 20% of Earth’s surface. It has a surface area of over 100 million square kilometers. It separates what is called the “Old World” (Africa, Asia, and Europe) and the “New World” (North and South America). 

There are a total of 14 states that border the Atlantic Ocean from north to south: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Traveling to any of these states are places you can go to see the Atlantic Ocean. There is no right or wrong place, it is whatever you desire. I liked going to both North and South Carolina because you can have both mountains and beaches.

Myrtle Beach South Carolina USA
Myrtle Beach South Carolina USA

Here are some cities you can visit along the shoreline: Miami, Jacksonville, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Wilmington, Virginia Beach, Long Island, Boston, and so much more. I personally liked Myrtle Beach because it is a fun family destination.


Pacific Coast Vacations

The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean on Earth covering more than 30% of the Earth’s surface. Its surface area covers more than 150 million square kilometers. This is bigger than the landmass of all of the continents combined.

Pacific Coast USA
Pacific Coast California USA

California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii are U.S. states that border this massive ocean. There are too many great places to name, but just for example, in California, you need to check out the Pacific Coast Highway 1 which you can find with the previous link. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is one of many places in Oregon next to the ocean you can go to. For Washington, the Olympia National Park is also one of many.

Please click here to read the article for Alaska and Hawaii. If you would like, remember to read some more about the great Pacific on this website.


Warm Places in the U.S.

If you like the heat or you want to travel to somewhere hot for vacation because you just can’t handle the cold, there are some places in the U.S. that you can go to. They are all down south near Mexico or the Gulf of Mexico. California, Texas, or Florida are just some of all 8 states that border it. California is most likely the warmest of the three, also right next to the Pacific Ocean. 

In California, you can visit cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Sacramento, etc. In Texas, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Waco, and San Antonio are some places you can visit in Texas. Corpus Christi and Houston to Galveston are some places in Texas by the Gulf. In Florida, very popular cities such as Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Key West, and other cities in Florida are always closer than 80 miles from the Gulf or the Atlantic Ocean, maybe even less depending where you are.

Myrtle Beach South Carolina USA
Myrtle Beach South Carolina USA @travelexplorerusa


Myrtle Beach Vacation is highly recommended for the entire family. Unlike some beaches, Myrtle Beach location highlighted here is family friendly.


Cold Places in the U.S.

If you like the cold or you want to travel to somewhere cold for vacation because you just can’t handle the heat, there are some places in the U.S. that you can go to. They are all up north near Canada. Minnesota, Maine, and North Dakota are some of all 13 states that border it. But the coldest place has to be Alaska, where the average temperature is always somewhere below freezing. In the summer there, you have sunlight for around 80% of the day, while in the winter, you only have a few hours. This is a link to an article for more about Alaska.

Or visit somewhere in Middle but high in altitude like the Rockies.

Rocky Mountain National Park Snow
Rocky Mountain National Park Snow

If you want to travel to Minnesota, for example, you should travel up north to St. Paul where you can visit the Como Park Zoo Conservatory, the Science Museum, the Cathedral of St. Paul. Also, Minneapolis has the Institute of Art, Sculpture Garden, or Minnehaha Falls. There are just examples, there is so much more in this state and in other northern U.S. states already mentioned.


Alaska and Hawaii

Alaska and Hawaii have some similarities and differences. The two states are the only two states not part of the forty-eight contiguous states and were also the last two states admitted into the United States both in 1959, Alaska the forty-ninth, and Hawaii being number fifty. The two states also have differences from each other, mainly in weather. Alaska is the coldest U.S. state and is either experiencing sunlight or darkness for almost the entire day. Hawaii always has hot weather and has just about the same amount of sunlight all year round. Alaska is the biggest U.S. state while Hawaii is one of the smaller ones, being the eighth smallest in the country. Each are unique and special in their own ways, and there are many places to go to in these areas that you should check out. 

In Alaska, USA, some destinations are listed here:

  • Aurora Ice Museum
  • Mendenhall Ice Caves
  • Dr. Seuss House
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Juneau
  • Homer
  • Anchorage
  • Fairbanks
  • Kodiak Island
  • Seward

In Hawaii, USA, some destinations are listed here: