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1. Posted by jmf (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am planning a trip to Kansas state, USA in October this year. I will be stopping over in New York for a couple of days and then taking an internal flight to a city (as yet undecided) in Kansas state.
I don't drive! Does anybody know how easy it would be to get around by bus/public transport. Do those greyhound buses that I hear about all the time work well? I want to see some of the countryside and travel around while I am there.
Any advice appreciated. If you live in Kansas it would be REALLY great to hear from you as I have never been to USA - good to get some 'inside information.' I am English by the way.
I am going over on a research trip and will be travelling alone and hopefully having an adventure.
Many thanks if there is anybody out there!! Julia x:)

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have been to 49 states and I have to tell you, Kansas is pretty much at the bottom of the list. Just not a very interesting place. Too flat and too much corn!

I think you will be OK on the bus. There should be a bus going to most of the cities/towns that you plan on visiting.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, it's pretty flat and boring in Kansas--but the NE portion of the state is not bad. And the people are friendly. The main towns (if you plan to fly in) are Wichita and Kansas City (which actually is two cities--Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri). The airport is actually on the Missouri side. It's still probably the best place to fly into and start your trip around Kansas.

A good trip would probably be to fly into Kansas City, get on the bus and go to Wichita, then take the bus across the rest of the state to Denver--and see where the flat plains end and where the majestic Rocky Mountains start. You can fly out of Denver back to New York--or connect back to Kansas City if you had a round-trip flight to there from New York. You might also want to go out of Wichita to Dodge City (a famous Western town in Kansas) prior to continuing on to Denver (or onto Santa Fe and Albuquerque--both in New Mexico). Albuquerque is famous for their giant hot air balloon festival with like 100 hot air balloons all launching at once in early May. Santa Fe is the oldest of all the large cities in the US--founded in like 1607 or so. It is also known for its cultural events and it the capital of the state of New Mexico (which is one of the 50 states in the United States--and is not part of Mexico).

I hope you enjoy your trip.

4. Posted by Goretex (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

First of all, why are you going to Kansas during your first trip to the states? My brother goes to the University of Kansas, and he says there is NOTHING to do outside of partying. I've been through Kansas City, and it wasn't much of a great city.

5. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Julia, I figured some one from Kansas better reply to you. I am from Overland Park, a city just outside Kansas City. There actually are things to do in Kansas but may not be obvious to the person driving through on our main highway.

You are going to have problems not being able to drive, specially if you leave Wichita or Kansas City area. Greyhound does work to get from one town to another however once you are in a town at the bus station you will find you need a car or motor bike. You may want to get a friend's car and learn how to drive this summer (if that is physically possible for you).

October is a nice time of year. If you want contact me through this site and I will give you more info.

6. Posted by Adultmale (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

So sorry so many have nothing good to say about Kansas. But for you I would have taken a flight to Albuquerque, NM and road Amtrak to Dodge City, Kansas and feel like a cowboy. Kansas is full of nice people and cowboys.

7. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Personally I'd go to Kansas City or to Lawrence - though I've never been to Wichita. I've been to most states, and while it doesn't top the list, there are many below it as well. Really it all depends on what you're interested in Hope this is somewhat helpful.