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Head for the Flint Hills of Kansas for a relaxing roam

Head for the Flint Hills of Kansas for a relaxing roam

It's time to abandon the idea that Kansas is little more than a 423-mile-long, east-west ribbon of Interstate 70 to be endured on the way to the Rockies.

If you trade the interstate highway for a daylong (or longer) north-south trek into the rolling hill country from Wichita to Manhattan — the eastern part of the state "where the buffalo roam" — you'll discover countless natural, historical and human-assisted wonders well worth a side trip.

Wichita: You could spend several days exploring Kansas' largest city, but 24 hours is enough time to get a decent dose of prairie history while keeping the kids entertained.

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