State Nickname: The Sunflower State.

Kansas Fun Facts: Kansas still has a law on the books that prohibits shooting at rabbits from a motorboat. Kansas shares their capital city, Kansas City with Missouri.


Best Thing About Kansas: BAR B QUE! If you love some pulled pork or beef brisket, Kansas is your state. Their barbecue sauce is world renown and with good reason. In Kansas when they baptize children, they dip them in barbecue sauce instead of holy water.

Worst Thing About Kansas: Like Iowa, Kansas has a lot of tornadoes. So many that Kansas’ unofficial nickname is “Tornado Alley.

Best Movies Made in Kansas: Terms of Endearment (1983), Dances with Wolves (1990), Friday Night Lights (2004). That’s it. There was a list of about 25 movies made in Kansas, but these three were the only ones I recognized.

In my research I found that Kansas does have some beaches, but they’re not like a day staring at the ocean. Kansas is landlocked. It is smack dab in the middle of the country. I’ve never been there and don’t plan to go, unless a Super Bowl is held there and someone gives me free tickets. It’s a lot like Iowa. It’s identity is tied up with farming and college and pro sports.

Right now, I’m not seeing Kansas as much of a draw for tourism, unless you want to watch sports, dodge tornadoes and eat yourself sick on barbecue.

Safe travels! ~Phil


Self-proclaimed grand poobah of leisure, parapsychologist, author of several humorous suspense novels and one of the longest running blogs in the world, The Phil Factor.

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