Where the wild west begins

You don’t get much more American than Kansas, with its rugged cowboy culture, sweeping prairies and welcoming Midwestern spirit. Located west of Missouri, south of Nebraska and north of Oklahoma, Kansas is a great place to experience the beauty of all four seasons.

Kansas is also deeply rooted in Native American heritage, and you can learn about its many tribes in the state’s many museums, like the Mid-America All-Indian Center in Wichita. Meanwhile, the stunning prairies of the Flint Hills are one of the state’s crown jewels. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve lets you tour one of the last places to have this unique ecosystem that once covered nearly 69 million hectares of North America. For a look at prehistory, walk through the Niobrara Chalk, which features the incredible Castle Rock and Monument Rocks formations, which have been around for about 80 million years.