Treasures Off the Beaten Path

From Itineraries Midwest Spring Issue 2009

This sample itinerary can be customized for anytime of the year. See route on map, page 33.

9 – 9:30 am
Hays, the German Capital of Kansas, located in the middle of the US and positioned at the crossroads of Interstate 70 & Hwy 183. Arrange a welcome reception for your group where they can try kuchen, a delicious German pastry.

9:30 – 10:30 am
Continue the morning at Historic Fort Hays Museum. Located on the grounds of a former US Army Fort, active from 1867 until 1889. Four of the historic buildings remain on site, which you’ll visit during your tour.

10:30 – 1:00 pm
Step back 70-80 million years ago at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History and see how Kansas might have looked when the mighty T-Rex roamed the land and western Kansas was an inland sea.

1 – 3:00 pm
Travel east to the city of Gorham, in Russell County, for a German buffet at Betty’s Café. When your bellies are full head to Dickinson Ranch for a self-guided tour visiting the ranch animals. Follow one of the trails on horseback, relax on a hayrack ride through the river bottom. Note: a chuck wagon style meal can be arranged at the ranch.

3 – 4:00 pm
Continue your travels through Russell County to the town of Russell. Tour the community, noting the various uses of native “post rock” limestone in homes, downtown businesses and lawn ornaments.  Additionally, the history of the community can be found in preservation at the Fossil Station Museum, Oil Patch Museum, Gernon House and Heym-Oliver House.

4:00 pm
Your journey can either come to an end or continue through Russell County to explore the hometown of Bob Dole, plus Lake Wilson & Garden of Eden.

For more information on this sample itinerary contact your tour operator or Hays CVB, 800-569-4505 or Russell County, 785-483-2828.

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