Self-Guided Adventures
These trips will take you on a wondrous discovery of Great Bend, regional rural communities, and the magnificent wetlands of the area. Experience the stories of the plains while exploring the history and culture of the Midwest.

             

Central Kansas is rich in farming diversity. Go anywhere along this national scenic byway and you will see agriculture in its many phases and stages - from alpacas to watermelons. This tours brochure will teach you about agritourism in our area and provide you with a list of area farms that welcome people stopping by to purchase their products or taking tours.
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. When it comes to exploring cemeteries, sometimes the best getaways are the ones made up along the way. Read some of the stories in the Cemetery Tours brochure and then set out with that map of area cemeteries and do some exploring of your own.
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.
One of the stories that binds together the communities along the Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway is that of the mass immigration of African Americans following the Civil War. Referred to as "exodusters", these eager settlers brought nothing but their hopes and dreams, which are evident in the area museums and cemeteries. Spend a day on the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway as you trace the Exoduster migration and settlement in Barton and Stafford Counties.
We take pride in our sky and its legacy to our land, farming, wildlife, and creative roots. The rural nature of the Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway - beyond the reached of city light, provides for excellent night sky viewing. A dynamic brochure is available to teach you the many stages of the moon, how the moon changes with the seasons, and to provide you with recommended night sky viewing sites.
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!