Kansas

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

WAMEGO – If you are an avid fan of “The Wizard of Oz,” this is a “must stop and explore.”  The OZ Museum is home to exclusive exhibits featuring the unimaginable, from the earliest Baum books and OZ Parker Brothers board games to today’s collectibles. You will find detailed historical facts about the movie and actors, OZ memorabilia, and so much more! See Dorothy’s jeweled red slippers, a reproduction of the haunted forest, and monkey miniatures used in the film. Open 9-6 through Labor Day, (noon – 6 p.m. Sundays), admission is $9 ($7 ages 3-12). >MORE

Hike the Trail

Hike, bike or ride horseback through some of the state’s stunning scenery on the 117-mile Flint Hills Nature Trail that runs from Osawatomie to Herington. Although portions are in varied stages of development, the rail trail is now open for 91 miles from Council Grove to Osawatomie. The crushed limestone route crosses the tall grass prairie, farmland, wooded stretches and at the eastern end near Ottawa, the Marais des Cygne river valley. A family bicycle ride and relay run October 7 at communities along the trail celebrates the grand opening. >MORE

See Little, See Big

LUCAS – known for its folk-art funkiness, the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things moves into a new downtown museum space this spring. Displayed in temporary and mobile units in the past, the quirky collection will feature the fully-playable, 18-hole replica of the Goony Golf course, miniature replicas of Kansas monuments, more than 60 of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things, an array of circus wagons and the attraction’s Mobile Museum   >MORE 

Watch the Sunset

Catch a sun setting over the marsh waters at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Located in central Kansas, Quivira is one of the top birding destinations in the United States. Fishing is allowed year-round. Limited hunting is available September through February. Quivira National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1955 to provide and protect vital habitat for migratory waterfowl in the Central Flyway.  It’s 22,135 acres feature a unique combination of rare inland salt marsh and sand prairie.  Many opportunities exist for the visitor to explore this oasis of the Great Plains. Quivira is located 30 miles west of Hutchinson and 35 miles southeast of Great Bend.