Sign up to our newsletter, we don’t send spam so don’t worry.
If driving across Kansas (probably August or September), and wanting to avoid the interstate, is there a particular U.S. highway that is more desirable? I find wide open spaces very enjoyable, but don't love potholes or really rough roads. (In no great hurry -- will likely be entering the state at Fort Scott, and spending a day in Wichita halfway across. Either cutting down to the Oklahoma panhandle at Elkhart or Liberal, or heading for La Junta Colorado at the other end. )
Comparing in particular US50, US54/400, US 56, maybe 160? All look like they'll get me where I'm going without going too much out of my way.
The good news is that the state and US highways are pretty much all in good shape and straight. Except for going though communities (and there aren't a ton of them) you can drive the speed limit or more without problems.
Are you just wanting to avoid the Interstate or are there types of things you would like to see or do?
The eventual goal of the drive will be New Mexico and I'll have a few days to do it. Thought I would go through Kansas one way, and Oklahoma the other. In 2016 I spent a few days exploring the Nebraska sand-hills, and just loved the vistas and colors and rolling terrain and miles of absolutely nothing ... not at 75 mph. Interests as far as sightseeing are eclectic. Art, history, ... not so much the "quirky" or "curiosity" type stuff. Don't think I'm interested in Boot Hill or Willa Cather.
Plans are still very much in flux, just exploring my options for exploring.
It appears as though the link I gave you is not working. Try searching Big Basin and St. Jacobs well for a couple of short side trips along US 160.
The main part of the link works. The gypsum hills do look pretty. Not what one expects in Kansas.
Oh, also interested in Dust Bowl history.
Parts of southwest Kansas are now drier than during the dust bowl days. Several highways were closed yesterday because of blowing dust and smoke from grass fires which burned about 25,000 acres. Wind gust over 70 mph, no storm, just straight line winds strong enough to blow semi trucks/trailers over.
If aviation or space interest you, the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson will blow you away. It has the largest combined collection of U.S. and Russian space artifacts in the world. Highlights include the Apollo 13 command capsule and Liberty Bell (the Mercury 7 capsule that was recovered from the bottom of the ocean).
Hutchinson also has the only salt mine museum (600' down) in the Western Hemisphere.
I'd looked at the sites in Hutchinson. I think they may be too big and time/cpst intensive to be practical -- unless I skip everything in Wichita or add another day to the trip. (And I've been to Canaveral and the Space center in Huntsville. )