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Kansas Scenic Drives

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Scenic drives to consider in Kansas are listed below. Click on any scenic byway or backway listed below for complete information.

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  • 1 hour to drive or a day and a half to enjoy the entire Byway.
  • 48 miles (77 km)

Come to the vast grassland empire that remains unspoiled by modern civilization. Walk the fields of wildflowers and waving grasses and scan the undulating prairie hills to distant purple horizons. Follow the trails of forgotten tribes and wagon trains rolling westward. Enter the domain of the ranc...

  • 3 hours
  • 167 miles (268 km)

The Frontier Military Scenic Byway was designated a state bywayby the Kansas Legislature on June 15, 1990. The byway extendsroughly 167 miles tying Fort Leavenworth to the north with FortScott at the south and then onward to the Oklahoma border. Itfollows K-5 out of Leavenworth to I-435, then follow...

  • 63 miles (101 km)

This byway in the northeastern part of Kansas celebrates the heritage of Kansas's oldest communities along a rural and unique landscape of a river bluff corridor.

  • 1 Hour
  • 42 miles (67 km)

Traveling the Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway is a little likestepping back in time. This 42-mile route traverses through Barber andComanche Counties past the ancient red shale and sandstone formationsof the rugged Gypsum Hills.Named for the underlying layers of gypsum, the Gypsum or "Red" Hillsare phenom...

  • 30 minutes for a quick trip, longer to really appreciate the scenery.
  • 18 miles (29 km)

Driving along Post Rock Scenic Byway, you can envision a time when the first buffalo roamed through the tall and short grasses of the Smoky Hills and Saline River Valley. Because the Native Americans followed the buffalo, you can stop to see the hunting petroglyphs they left in the Dakota Sandstone...

  • 60 miles (96 km)

The Smoky Valley Scenic Byway takes the traveler through 60 miles of west central Kansas through the Smoky Hill River Valley. Named for their "hazy" appearance at sunrise and sunset, the Smoky Hills provide a transition between the mixed-grass prairie and the short-grass prairie of the plains. The b...

  • 90 minutes to drive or 5 hours to enjoy the Byway.
  • 76.7 miles (123 km)

The Wetlands & Wildlife Scenic Byway provides a natural, rural experience. Along the route that extends through Barton, Reno, and Stafford counties in central Kansas, hills roll into the horizon while trees dot the landscape and streams wind down the hillsides. But the real jewels of the Byway are C...

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