How does one get to know Kansas? Television? Movies? Press? How does one form an opinion of any state? Have you visited yourself, or have a friend or family member who has been there? Many travelers go through or over states without experiencing them. Speed across Kansas on I-70 and you could be anywhere.
The State of Kansas, in concert with local community partners, has organized eleven scenic and historic byways to help travelers connect with the authentic nature, culture, and history of the state. Byways show Kansas, and help visitors know Kansas. Kansas contracted with Fermata to develop interpretive plans and enhancements for the eleven byways as well as the state as a whole.
- Glacial Hills Scenic Byway
- Frontier Military Historic Byway
- Kansas Route 66 Scenic Byway
- Native Stone Scenic Byway
- Flint Hills National Scenic Byway
- Prairie Trail Scenic Byway
- Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway
- Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway
- Post Rock Scenic Byway
- Smoky Valley Scenic Byway
- Western Vistas Scenic Byway
This purpose of this project is to provide for the professional development of interpretation plans that extend the appreciation and appeal of each byway by expanding on the route’s intrinsic qualities. This interpretive plan organizes byway places and stories into an interpretive structure consisting of storylines and narratives. Additional recommendations include interpretive products for the byways, including the following: interpretive panels and/or kiosks, trail markers, way finding signs, smart phone apps, educational maps and/or guidebooks, and other interpretive products as determined feasible by the byways.