Camping in Kansas

What's your pleasure? Chances are you'll find it in Kansas. History buffs can explore the state's legendary cowboy towns or visit its countless museums, which celebrate the state's pioneer, aviation, farming and Native American legacies. Outdoor enthusiasts will be happy to know that Kansas is still home on the range to the American bison, which can be viewed up close at two of the state's wildlife refuges and along the highways in Western Kansas and the Flint Hills. And for nature lovers, Kansas is home to the largest remaining stand of tallgrass prairie in North America, providing a glimpse of what the continent looked like 200 years ago.

Don Kracht's Castle Island-Junction City
Retired Don Kracht is an open, affable guy with a ready laugh. Those traits alone distinguish him from others in his chosen fraternity, the one-man castle-builders, who tend to be driven by a vision -- sometimes a cryptic vision -- leaving a vaguely disturbing legacy that someone else has to maintain or tear down.

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center-Hutchinson
Visitors hear the non-biased, definitive story of the Space Race. With a U.S. space artifact collection second only to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow, the Hall of Space Museum is known by space enthusiasts worldwide.

Kansas Underground Salt Museum-Hutchinson
If ever there was a mine tour designed for Mr. and Mrs. Armchair American, this is it. The Kansas Underground Salt Museum doesn't even have the word "mine" in its title, and that's no accident. There are no claustrophobic squeezes here, no deadly gasses, not even any dirt. A tour here is like a drive inside a parking garage -- except that it's 67 miles long and sealed inside of a 400-foot-thick block of salt.

Truckhenge-Topeka
Truckhenge in Topeka, Kansas is an eclectic combination of farm, salvage & recycled art, and nature sanctuary. The work of one man, Truckhenge consists of 6 antique trucks jutting out of the ground - remnicient of England's Stonehenge. The trucks are surrounded by other recycled object art and a variety of native plants.

M. T. Liggett's Political Sculptures-Mullinville
M.T. Liggett insists that he's not angry with anybody.  "I have a very different kinda outlook on life," he says. "You can't make me mad. Only me can make me mad."  Whoever is responsible for M.T. Liggett's outlook, he expresses it with art: hundreds of flapping, whirling, and static metal sculptures set on poles -- some are 20 feet tall -- along the fence line of Highway 154, just west of tiny Mullinville, Kansas.

World's Largest Ball of Twine Cawker City
When exactly did the citizens of Cawker City bug out on their big ball? We're not sure. But one thing is certain -- what started as one man's convenient storage of scrap twine has mutated into a community project, binding together the whole town.

Dalton Defenders Museum-Coffeyville
Not every town has a giant twine ball or settlers massacre site on which to peg its civic pride. Some must make the best of what fate has handed them, and few have grabbed their opportunity with such gusto as Coffeyville, Kansas, whose citizens killed some bank robbers 110-odd years ago and have been pocketing interest from it ever since.

Garden of Eden-Lucas
America is, after all, God's most beautiful place on Earth, and if two Old Testament goofballs really had enraged an all-powerful deity, there's no way He'd gently push them out of Paradise. No sir! He'd rear back and drop kick them halfway around the world to some desperate desert land where you have to hit rocks just to get water. Which, of course, is what He did.