Topeka, KS: Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

Topeka, Kansas is easily a weekend family getaway, but also doubles as the perfect pit stop along I-70 when driving across Kansas.  When driving from St. Louis as we did, Topeka is approximately 5 hours away, a good time for taking an hour off from the road.  Although Topeka has many family friendly attractions, we choose to learn about the Brown v. Board of Education case at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas

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Hays, KS: Fort Hays State Historic Site

Buffalo Bill Cody and George Custer once called it home and the movie Dances with Wolves was filmed here; but today the Fort Hays State Historic Site offers I-70 travelers a nice reprieve from road trip travels.  Located in Hays, Kansas just minutes off of I-70, the Fort Hays State Historic Site offers a visitors center with a small museum and many historical buildings to explore including several officer’s quarter buildings, a guardhouse, and a blockhouse all of which are original to the fort site.

Fort Hays State Historic Site in Hays, Kansas

Fort Hays State Historic Site in Hays, Kansas

For a small admission fee ($5 for adults and $1 for students, credit cards accepted) visitors are able to explore all of the historical buildings and learn about the history of the frontier fort.  Operating from 1865 – 1889, Fort Hays was a pivotal army outpost during the American Indian Wars and due to preservation by the Kansas Historical Society, offers visitors a glimpse into what life was like in the late 19th century as a soldier on the American frontier. Continue reading

Goodland, KS: Giant Vincent Van Gogh Painting

Who said the drive across Kansas was boring?  They must not have noticed the fun variety of roadside attractions along I-70, including the world’s largest easel and the Giant Vincent Van Gogh Painting in Goodland, Kansas!  Actually, I found our recent drive across Kansas on I-70 to be super easy and one of the better long road trips we have taken (after all it was flat, great weather, no traffic, and no construction); along the way we made brief pitstops to check out some of the Kansas sites, including Goodland’s Giant Van Gogh Painting.

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Giant Vincent Van Gogh Painting in Goodland, Kansas

Located just minutes off of I-70, it can actually be seen from the Interstate.  The Giant Van Gogh Painting really is giant!  It starts with an 80 foot tall easel, and the painting itself is 32×24 feet.  The pictures in this post do not do justice to the paintings size, as it towers above everything around it. Continue reading