While other college towns have more notoriety (e.g., College Station, or South Bend), Lawrence, Kansas, home to the University of Kansas, boasts its own unique appeal as a college town and place to visit. Located less than an hour from Kansas City, Missouri, you’ll find that you have traveled to a new time and place. The local chamber of commerce is located just north of the University and will keep you informed of local town events during your visit and provide you with “must sees.”
For me, I enjoyed a stop at the University, complete with a tour of the campus and a glimpse at the famous Phog Allen Fieldhouse (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!). Downtown you’ll find a thriving music and arts scene with many bars and small venues. The larger Lied Center of Kansas hosts larger acts, which you can catch while you are in town. If you have time, you should park your car an walk up and down Massachusetts Street between the park (on the south side) and 6th avenue/the river (on the north side). Stop in to shop at the many stores, grab a cup of coffee, or take a class in weaving at Yarn Barn as you travel the Downtown area. End your day with a dinner and drink at Free State Brewing Company.
Off the beaten path and hidden by it’s bigger sisters Kansas City and Wichita, Lawrence Kansas is a destination to visit soon.