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Kansas

Nickname: Sunflower State
Area: 81 783 sq.mi. (211 817 km2)
Highest point: Mount Sunflower 4 039 ft. (1 231.1 m)
Population: 2 641 500
Capital: Topeka
Largest city: Wichita

The central and Eastern parts of Kansas are flatlands and somewhat hilly, its Western part is bordered by the Rocky Mountains. Its altitude above sea-level gradually rises from East to West. The majority of the settlements are found on the central and Eastern part of the state, its Western side is sparsely populated. The largest cities are situated on the Eastern side, which are: Overland Park, Leavenworth, Topeka, Lawrence and Manhattan, the cities in the central region are: Salina, Hutchinson and Wichita. Kansas features well-developed agriculture, it is one of the largest grain producing areas of the USA.
Kansas River
Photo: Kansas River, Kansas, USA, flickr.com, by jereandreagan

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Its capital is Topeka. It’s advised to check out the majestic building of the Kansas State Capitol, and the Kansas History Center, which introduces the history of the city and the state to us.
State Capitol
Photo: State Capitol, Topeka, Kansas, USA, flickr.com, by Slice

 

Pay a visit to the largest city of Kansas, Wichita! This is the industrial center of the state, for it is a rich oil provenance. The Old Cowtown Museum introduces the history of the city, when it was the capital of the cowboys. The Mid-America All Indian Center tells us the story of the native Indians of the state.
Wichita
Photo: Wichita, Kansas, USA, flickr.com, by brentdanley

It’s also worth to visit the University City of Kansas, the city of Lawrence. It is the home town of the University of Kansas. If you’re interested in the history of the state, the Kansas Natural History Museum is the place for you. The Spencer Museum of Art has a wonderful artistic collection on display.
Lawrence
Photo: Lawrence, Kansas, USA, flickr.com, by trp0

If you have a little more time to spend, visit the sparsely populated territories on the West. You’ll find Dodge City, which you may already know from Western movies. It was once the homes of Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. The Boot Hill Museum cites the atmosphere of the former Wild West.
Dodge City
Photo: Dodge City, Kansas, USA, flickr.com, by ONE/MILLION

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