100 Best Midwest Small-Town Getaways
Kansas: History, prairie -- and shopping
Atchison How did Amelia Earhart ever leave her pretty hometown on the Missouri? One possible answer: She never saw Nell Hill's popular home furnishing shops (left).
Abilene President Dwight Eisenhower credited his hometown for making him who he was. Visitors can take tours of his museum, home and library, and there's also a re-created cow-town complex.
Lindsborg This little town might be more Swedish than Sweden itself (in an old-timey way) -- with authentic crafts, foods and festivals. Its strong arts scene includes Bethany College.
Cottonwood Falls At this tiny but cool base for exploring the Flint Hills, visitors find high-end lodging/dining at Grand Central Hotel and live music at Emma Chase Cafe.
Fort Scott Explore a frontier fort with 20-plus restored and re-created buildings.
Council Grove Historic sites dot this Santa Fe Trail town, and it's only a short drive to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.