Explore with Kids: How to Plan A Kansas Road Trip with Your Family

Buffalo Bill Cultural Center – Oakley, Kansas

My affection for our great of Kansas is no secret.


As I have written before, and as many of you can possibly relate, I was not in love with Kansas when I was a kid. I don’t think I gave it a fair shake, however, and I don’t know that there was much big promotion of our city and/or state, that I can remember….except of course, the ahhhh-ahhhh-Kansas! commercials (what ever happened to those, btw??) but I don’t remember ever leaving school and thinking YAY! Kansas!

I chose Kansas. I grew up, left and chose to come back…because I wanted to.

I vowed to make Kansas cool for my kids.

And you can’t truly appreciate our great state, or anything else for that matter, you have to see it, experience it, see others love it to see it through the rose colored glasses of those that love this state.

So the kids and I set out to visit every single county – that’s right, all 105 – in Kansas before the end of the year. Can we do it? We shall see…may as well give it a shot!

How to Plan a Kansas Road Trip

We love to visit the Kansas Travel and tourism website, and it is on point I will tell you. They make Kansas look good…like, really, really good….you should check it out if you haven’t before. And then continue to return to it, because it’s that good… To The Stars!

On the website, you can find all of the Kansas tourism information, fun, restaurants and a state activity and event calendar…sweet! There is a state calendar of events and many other fun tidbits of information that make it easy to find out several things that make it

Then there is the book – the ideal book – The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers – that the Kansas Explorers, Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe wrote about exploring Kansas. Highly recommend!

They have an organization, the Kansas Sampler Foundation and you can join the Kansas Explorers Club (which we have, and plan to continue to hold membership). They do great work promoting Kansas and also promoting Rural by Choice.

The Kansas Guidebook has art, architecture, landscapes, history, sights, shopping, restaurants, and so much cool information, we use it ALL THE TIME. I keep it in the car, just in case and we use it for our travels. It has so much great information that is divided the state into six regions and then they break it down by county.

The kids and I map out a trip, where we are going to go and then look county by county at all of the places that we want to check out while we are traveling. We find all of the places we want to see for sure, others that are maybe’s and we route our trip.

We have enjoyed this so very much, there is so much to see in Kansas, many things that you cannot imagine! 

A trip to the State Capitol is a MUST! Ours is so beautiful…


I can say without question our very favorite site is the Statue of Liberty. You would be shocked by the number of them that are scattered throughout our state

We are SO CLOSE to finishing up our great state and are still planning on wrapping it up before the years end. Just nine to go!

We are onto you, Kansas….as much as you try to stay incognito, classified as a ‘flyover state’ and ‘uncool’ the secret is going to get out…we know the truth, Kansas is the place to be, and we sure are glad we are here!

Jamie lives outside of Eureka on a cattle ranch with her favorites...husband, Diltz, and their three kiddos, Sydney (10), Henry (8) and Charlie (6). Works at Krehbiel Architecture in Wichita and spends quite a bit of time in her hometown working, playing, and volunteering. At home in Eureka, she is overly involved too...working with the community for revitalization and always enjoys encouraging people to learn how their food really gets to their plate as an advocate of agriculture through her Day at the Ranch tour, You Are Here agriculture education program and Greenwood County Cattlewomen social media outlets.