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Kansas is more than just the home of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. The state has an extensive history that includes being a home to prehistoric beasts, a pivotal player in the Civil War, and a place for pioneers heading west to rest, restock, and recuperate. There’s a lot of interesting things to do across the state; here’s a closer look.
Great cups of coffee were lacking in Topeka until PT’s came around. The owners started out just wanting a good cup of joe to start their day and decided that, since the couldn’t find one, they’d open a shop and make their own. After some bumps in the road, the first shop was opened in 1993. Since then, they’ve expanded and began roasted their own beans. Stop in for a great, simple cup of coffee.
Here, you’ll see all kinds of diverse and beautiful art. They have everything from contemporary glass to printmaking, lithographs and etchings, and the work of local artists. With lots of cool community events and art programs for kids, you can spend a few hours here experiencing the vast collection.
A visit to Boot Hill Museum is a trip back to the Old West. Here you’ll find exhibits and entertainment that immerse you in legendary Dodge City. There are exhibits open all year round, including self guided tours, galleries, and even a working general store. Allow about an hour or so here or more if you want to catch the variety show, have an authentic country dinner, or have some ice cream at the ice cream parlor.
The museum dedicated to all things Oz is a great place to visit, especially if you’re a die hard fan of the book or the movie. You’ll find over 2,000 artifacts here, including doors and windows from munchkin houses, hand painted character masks, props from the musical Wicked, and a whole lot more. Plan an hour or so for your visit.
As you pass through Goodland, keep your eyes peeled for the giant reproduction of van Gogh’s “Three Sunflowers in a Vase” sitting atop a gigantic easel. Stop and take a photo if you’d like. What’s so interesting about this is that there are at least three of these large paintings – one in Manitoba, Canada, one in Emerald, Australia, and this one right here in Goodland, Texas.