10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in Kansas

6: Dodge City

Dodge City
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This town is named after the famous Fort Dodge, which isn’t too far from the community. In its heyday, Dodge City was a wild frontier town that went down in infamy! Equally infamous were some of the residents of the city—including Wyatt Earp, who later died in Arizona in the Gunfight at OK Corral. Today, visitors are drawn to the Wild West reputation of the town, which lives on through such attractions as the Boot Hill Museum.

Address: Dodge City, KS

7: Lindsborg

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If you want a taste of Sweden on the American continent, then you should definitely visit Lindsborg! This town is known as “Little Sweden” for its cultural roots. Even today, it celebrates a biennial Svensk Hyllningsfest (which celebrates Swedish pioneers) and Swedish architecture. The beautiful little European-style community is a memorable place to spend a weekend! It’s also one of the most Instagrammable places in Kansas.

Address: Lindsborg, KS

8: Lucas

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Under 400 people live in charming Lucas! However, it’s a great place for urbanite visitors to go and get away from the fast pace of city life. This place is dedicated to creating and preserving beautiful folk art. You won’t be able to resist taking a piece or two home with you! The best time to visit Lucas is the Saturday before Labor Day Weekend, when the annual Adams Apple Festival is held. If you attend this festival, you’ll get to experience the Scottish Highland Games, an art show, a fun run, and more!

Address: Lucas, KS

9: Wamego

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This small Kansas town was named after a Potawatomi Native American chief. However, the town is not known for historical figures, but fantasy characters! The most famous attraction in the community is the Wizard of Oz museum, which inspired the creation of several Oz-themed businesses in the area. Whether you love riding bikes on the Yellow Brick Road, scarfing down tacos, or tasting wine, there’s a brightly-colored Oz-themed attraction for you in Wamego!

Address: Wamego, KS
Website: www.wamego.org

10: Fort Scott

Fort Scott
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This town was named for a United States fort that was in use from 1842 to 1853. The community that grew up around this fort has been through a lot in its two centuries of existence, but it survived the mayhem of the Civil War, devastating fires, and political turmoil. Today, it has emerged as a lovely and quiet historic town where you can enjoy the beauty of nature alongside charming Victorian buildings.

Address: Fort Scott, KS
Website: www.fscity.org

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