Christmas 2016: Wichita celebrates with ‘Illuminations,’ Victorian theme

Editor’s Note: This holiday season, we are taking a look around the country at events and attractions that celebrate the holiday season. Today, we look at our visit to two major Wichita events – Illuminations and a Victorian Christmas at Old Cow Town… Wichita loves itself some Christmas spirit. “Humbug” doesn’t fly this time of […]

Louisburg’s Cedar Cove Cat Sanctuary seeks to protect big cats on the Kansas plains

Lions and tigers and…wait. No bears. What you will see at the Cedar Cove Cat Sanctuary in Louisburg, Kansas, are a dozen or so big cats, such as lions, tigers and cougars. The sanctuary – located about 20 miles southwest of Kansas City, Missouri, has been open since 2000. The cat complex works to provide […]

What to Expect when flying high with iFly

I believe I can fly. Well, I did fly a couple weeks ago at iFly in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. I had heard about iFly – an indoor skydiving facility – before, but, I didn’t know it would be so soon that we would have one this close to us. I […]

National Women’s History Month: Midwesterners make their mark

Throughout history, women have achieved several accomplishments that many believed were “man’s work.” How about setting records as an airplane pilot? Writing award-winning books? Running a successful newspaper? These were achieved by women with Midwestern backgrounds. March is National Women’s History Month. I thought it’d be interesting to spend some time throughout the month recognizing […]

Presidents Day: Midwesterners who served in the White House

About a third of American Presidents (15 of 44) have Midwestern roots. Can you name them? Only kidding. The quiz comes at the end of the post. We’ve visited seven locations related to our presidents, with six of them belonging to the Midwest. In addition, Rapid City, SD, is home to Mount Rushmore, honoring four […]

Black History: Topeka’s Brown vs. Board of Education ended racial segregation in schools

Segregation in education was common through the first half of the 1900s. It would take a series of class action lawsuits and a United States Supreme Court decision to end the practice of separating children for school based on ethnic background. Topeka, Kansas, is the site of the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic […]

Forget the ‘Seven Wonders’ of the world, the Midwest has its share of the world’s largest attractions

The Midwest has long been considered “Flyover Country” between the coasts. But, if people take the region for granted, they miss out on a lot of interesting attractions and some of the nicest people in the world. For instance, did you know that the Midwest is home to the world’s largest buffalo? Or bull? How […]

Millie Mouse’s great adventures

BY Millie Mouse First, I have to thank Bill Denney of Little Bill’s cheese emporium in Kansas City (MO) for letting me travel with The Walking Tourists this year. I had a blast! Lisa and Tim took me with the on their trip around the world. At least, it felt like that to me. I’ve […]

Overland Park’s Prairiefire combines history, shopping

“Jurassic World” goes shopping is one way to describe Overland Park’s Prairiefire retail and entertainment district. The Kansas City suburb is home to the local chapter of the American Museum of Natural History and some upscale shopping. The Museum at Prairiefire may be the best attraction at the center. It’s home to the fossils of […]

Overland Park Arboretum beauty abounds

We lucked out and caught the tail end of fall season at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The Kansas suburb of Kansas City has a beautiful nature center. We picked a beautiful day to take a walk through the 300-acre park. About 85 percent of the arboretum is set aside to preserve and […]

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