From Oklahoma - Two Days
ELK FALLS, population 99
A – 9:30 a.m. Elk Falls Pottery, 1954 U.S. 160, 620.329,4425, elkfallspottery.com
Also, 1893 iron truss bridge, 4th and Montgomery.
D – 11 a.m.
A – 11:45 p.m. Lunch. Beaumont Hotel Cafe, 11651 SE Main, Beaumont. Outside interpretive signage, 1885 Frisco wooden water tower.
D – 1:30 p.m. Go through El Dorado, then turnpike, then Cassoday exit for Flint Hills Scenic Byway.
MATFIELD GREEN, poplation 46
A – 2:45 p.m. The Bank, 102 N. Reed, 620.753.3451, matfieldgreen.org/thebank/
D – 3:30 p.m.
A – 3:45 p.m. Pioneer Bluffs, 695 K-177, Matfield Green, 620.753.3484, pioneerbluffs.org. Historic Flint Hills ranch homestead with outbuildings that can accommodate groups for a talk.
D – 5:15 p.m.
COTTONWOOD FALLS, population 858
A – 5:30 p.m. Stroll around downtown, includes historic 1873 Chase County Courthouse.
6 p.m. Keller Feed and Wine, 317 Broadway, Cottonwood Falls, 620.273.5016,
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY Emma Chase Friday Night Music (8 Wonders of Kansas Customs), 220½ Broadway or outside on the street. facebook.com/EmmaChaseMusic/.
D – 9 p.m.
EMPORIA, population 24,799
A – Lodging. visitemporia.com/stay/
Breakfast at motel.
D – 8:30 a.m. Step-on guide to see the many veterans’ memorials around the city. Contact
visitemporia.com. Step off at All Veterans Memorial (allveteransday.org )and Soden’s Grove Bridge, 933 S. Commercial.
D- 10 a.m.
A – 10:30 a.m. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (8 Wonders of Kansas), 2480B K-177, Chase County, 620.273.8494, nps.gov/tapr/, bathrooms. Excellent exhibits in visitor center. Bus tour of ranch and into prairie/buffalo herd (11 a.m.)
D – 12:30 p.m.
STRONG CITY, population 489
A - 12:40 p.m. Ad Astra Food and Drink, Strong City, 318 Cottonwood, 620.273.8440,
D – 2:15 p.m.
OPTION #1 - LINDSBORG, population 3,288
Contact Holly for meal and activities arrangements. 888.227.2227, visitlindsborg.com
A – 3:15 p.m. McPherson County Old Mill Museum, 120 E, Mill St., 785-227-3595
D – 4:00 p.m.
A – 4:15 p.m. Hemslöjd (8 Wonders of Kansas Commerce),, 201 N. Main St., 785-227-2053
D – 5:00 p.m.
A – 5:15 p.m. Dinner at Coronado Heights (8 Wonders of Kansas Geography),, Coronado Avenue (Highway 4) 3 miles north of Lindsborg to Coronado Heights Road (unpaved). Go 1 mile west, just past Smoky Hill Cemetery and turn right at the stone gate, Open 8 AM to 11 PM
OPTION #2 EL DORADO, population 12,935
A – 3:15 p.m. Coutt’s Museum of Art, 110 N. Main, 316.321.1212, couttsmuseum.org.
Or Butler County Historical Museum/Kansas Oil Museum, 383 E. Central, 316.321.9333,
D – 4:45 p.m.
WINFIELD, population 12,057
A – 5:45 p.m. Shin Digs Bar and Grill, 500 Main, 620.221.4782, shindigsbarandgrill.com.
D – 7:30 p.m. Head home.
*All stops have been vetted by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. For more in-depth information about each stop, or stops in between, consult the Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers. Purchase the book at kansassampler.org. The Kansas Sampler Foundation duo of Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe hit the road for parts of four years to look in every town, city, and in hundreds of other dots on the map and countryside to assemble this 480 page book that features all 105 counties, 515 cities, 4,500 attractions, 843 eateries and 1,600 color photos. Use the detailed directions, descriptions, and websites to help you choose and arrive at your destination!