Day Trips
These trips will take you on a wondrous discovery of Great Bend Bend, regional rural communities, and the magnificent wetlands of the area. Tours vary in time so you can select according to your time and interest. We invite you to take your time, explore the history and culture of the Midwest, and experience the stories of the plains. 
Brochures are available for download of each of these spectacular journeys.   

This 77-mile byway connects two of the world's most significant natural wetlands—Cheyenne Bottoms and the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. The Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway takes visitors through radiant wetlands exploding with wildlife; prairie vistas with immense blue skies; and seven rural communities shaped by nature and the entrepreneurial spirit.
Cemeteries tell the stories of our past, people, and culture. Wander into almost any Kansas cemetery and the tombstones tell stories of how generations before us lived - and died.
In the epicenter of the town's life, you can catch the sights of things like the birdhouse walking tour, monuments on the courthouse square, and old historic buildings such as the Crest Theatre and the Barton Arts Center.
Spend a day on the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway as you trace the Exoduster migration and settlement in Barton and Stafford Counties.
Explore the Kansas Raptor Center and Brit Spaugh Zoo, Downtown Great Bend, Cheyenne Bottoms, and the Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway at your own pace! A GPS guided video tour brings the city and surrounding wetlands to life.

These metal-panel homes tell the story of an American Dream. They prove that America once again adopted new approaches to address challenges, specifically the demand for more affordable living. These homes are an important chapter in Barton County’s history.

In the sidewalks surrounding the Courthouse Square in downtown Great Bend you will find the Kansas Quilt Walk. After viewing this tribute to our ancestors, take a look around the corner and catch a glimpse of the 13 building murals representing Great Bend’s past and present.

These self-guided driving tours take you from the old west to little Sweden, from the nation's largest inland marsh to the bottom of the world's largest hand-dug well. Take your time at each of the stops and have fun discovering all that is the Heartland Country!