Two-Day Getaway in the Flint Hills | Midwest Living

Two-Day Getaway in the Flint Hills

The Flint Hills Scenic Byway passes through our nation’s largest remaining tallgrass prairie, providing seemingly endless views.
A rainbow emerges after a storm over the Flying W Ranch in the Flint Hills.
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Day 1

The $24.5 million Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan takes visitors on a visual journey of the tallgrass prairie that once dominated mid-America.

Hike the trail at Konza Prairie Biological Station, and pause for a colorful meal of Cuban pork sandwiches at Coco Bolos Wood Fired Grill and Cantina.

Hike, boat, fish and bird-watch along Council Grove Lake in Canning Creek Cove Park beyond Council Grovegateway to the 48-mile Flint Hills Scenic Byway.

Members of the Kaw Nation host powwows near the Kaw Mission State Historic Site and Museum.

Just outside Strong City, you’ll find the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, with nearly 11,000 acres of prairie. Head to the visitors center for ranger programs and tours; more than 40 miles of hiking trails are open year-round.

Day 2

In Cottonwood Falls, the Grand Central Hotel and Grill offers steaks and beautifully appointed guest rooms.

Each spring, thousands of fans snap up tickets to hear the 85-piece Kansas City Symphony Orchestra playing on the prairie during its annual Symphony in the Flint Hills.

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