20 Reasons We Love Kansas
Lawrence's eclectic vibe
Just west of Kansas City, the college town of Lawrence is known for arts and culture; sports (Jayhawk basketball!); and a lively, eclectic downtown, with restaurants, coffee shops and a historic hotel. (785) 842-3883; downtownlawrence.com
A raid led by the infamous William Quantrill destroyed much of Lawrence during the Civil War, but you'll see a few surviving Victorian homes in Old West Lawrence.
Among the attractions here: the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, with displays that include Comanche, the stuffed remains of the horse believed to be the only survivor from Lt. Col. George Custer's Seventh Calvary detachment at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, (785) 864-4450; naturalhistory.ku.edu; and the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, on the KU west campus, where exhibits chronicle the life of this Kansas native and KU grad. Pictured at left. (785) 864-4900; doleinstitute.org