WELCOME TO AMERICA’S HEARTLAND!
Looking for the unusual, the unique, the amazing? For endless horizons and picturesque small towns and attractive cities inhabited by a very special kind of people? Then Kansas and Oklahoma are exactly the right destination for you!
The two neighbouring states constitute the ‘heart’ of the USA and are part of the Great Plains – the wide grasslands between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, offering a large range of very special natural and cultural experiences plus warm hospitality.
People are welcoming, caring and witty at the same time, and cowboys and Native American Indians are not a tourist attraction, but part of everyday life.
KANSAS – AMERICA’S BREADBASKET
The name of Kansas traces back to the Kanza or Kaw Indians, who call themselves ‘People of the South Wind’. Nineteenth-century explorer Zebulon Pike named the land ‘The Great American Desert’ – a region inappropriate for settlement – although it eventually became ‘America’s Breadbasket’ – an area of cattle ranches and farms with parts of the original prairie preserved as the only remaining virgin Tallgrass Prairie in North America.
OKLAHOMA – LAND OF THE ‘RED PEOPLE’
‘Okla homma’ – ‘Red People’ – is what the Choctaw Indians originally called the native population and that’s the name that was given to the area when it became America’s 46th state in 1907. Before that, in 1803, Oklahoma had been declared ‘Indian Territory’ by US President Thomas Jefferson, who had acquired from Napoleon huge portions of land reaching from the Mississippi River west to the Rocky Mountains.
A TRIP INTO INTRIGUING TERRITORY
Travelling in Kansas and Oklahoma provides an introduction to the authentic culture of the Native American Indians and cowboys, but you’ll also get to know pioneers and oil magnates and to explore a variety of ecosystems. The major natural feature is the prairie, but the landscape ranges from grassland and mountains to lakes and woods. Even the internationally significant Kansas Wetlands – a paradise for ornithologists – are found here.
Historically and culturally the region is colourful with a broad range of fascinating events and exciting chapters of history. Travellers interested in the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon/California Trail, Route 66, the Trail of Tears, the Underground Railroad or the Chisholm Trail can delve into the subject to make it all come alive.
‘COOL’ CITIES AND QUIRKY TOWNS
From our largest cities – Oklahoma City and Kansas City, through our mid-size cities – Tulsa and Wichita to our smallest towns – like Lucas, KS and Sulphur, OK – the atmosphere is vibrant, warm and welcoming. Farm to plate food; art and culture; live music and sport – all of these are easily accessible in Kansas and Oklahoma. You will be very welcome … and endlessly surprised and delighted!