Getting the hell out of the city, away from the noise and people and cars and smog and stress is often conducive to recovery. Since we're in Kansas, there isn't often the "grand tour" locations to go. Hence, some of the odder places to visit in Kansas and Northern Oklahoma.
West Mineral, KS Just out side of Missouri on US 160 136 miles one way. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/KSWESbrutus.html
Across 160, blip up toward Moline, run North on K99 past Howard and see "Hubble's Rubble People" -- a collection of large metal sculptures: "tin man from Wizard of Oz, batman and his motorcycle, an outhouse tumbled by a tornado"
Coffeyville, KS 90 miles, one way Site of the Dalton Gangs' failed bank robbery.
Exotic elements of the South Pacific in Kansas? On a hill on the south side of US-56 highway between Burlingame and Osage City, Kansas, stand seven huge eye-catching re-creations of the unique statues of Easter Island. The works are the creation of Butch Mauer, an auto mechanic who runs Salt Creek Restoration in Lyndon, Kansas. The statues were placed on the highest hill in Osage County, which is owned by Bill Sperry. The site is in full view of the highway. " Lets see, avoiding the turnpike, we do this: US77 to Eldorado. US54 to Us 75. Us75 north to US56. US 56 west to Burlingame. Returning, do the same. Stop at intersection of I35 and US75 for lunch at Beto Junction. I'd say it's like 500 round trip miles. Lets see if I can figure this one out... Burlingame to Beto: 37 miles Beto to yates center: 37 miles Yates to Eldorado: 65 miles Eldorado to Winfield: 52 miles ---------- Total: 191 miles one way. Call it 200 So, about 400 mile day. I think we could do that. Butt-pointless, but isn't that the point?
Greensburg, KS About 150 miles West of Wichita on US54 Also via US160 West to US 183, turn North at Goldwater, KS. Completely pointless, but...
Junction City, KS Due North on US77; can't miss it. About 150 miles one way. Absolutely huge cannon designed to fire atomic shells 15 to 20 miles.
Outside of Tulsa, OK About 190 miles one way Yes, a giant, wooden blue whale. "The "blue whale" in Catoosa, Oklahoma, is a (dare I say "life-sized"??) whale in a small pond, painted an eye- catching blue. "
US 166 to Coffeyville, US 169 S. to Nowata, OK. US 60 East to US 69 S. Us 69S to Adair. Poke around a bit east from there. About 170 miles one way. South and just East of Grand lake, Langley has the largest multiple arch dam in the world holding back Grand Lake. Plus, it's Grand Lake.
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