A performance vehicle deserves a chance to be driven on a beautiful scenic drive. Think you need to travel far to find a road deserving of the drive? Although the US is full of beautiful highways and byways, you don’t need to take vacation time to explore them. In fact, you don’t need to look any farther than to Nebraska’s southern neighbor, Kansas. Running slightly parallel to I-35, you’ll find Route 177, an 85 mile stretch of road that is one of two National Scenic Byways in Kansas. Starting in Cassoday, KS, you’ll head north. The route is a beautiful drive through the true prairie land. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve encompasses the highway north of Cottonwood Falls. Within the preserve you’ll see Bison, meadowlark, and other local wildlife – that is, if the prairie is fully grown, which can be as tall as 4 to 5 feet!
Within Cottonwood Falls, you’ll see a piece of history: Grand Central Hotel. This is where they claim the West began. Continuing your drive north, you’ll travel through the Flint Hills of Kansas, ending in the college town of Manhattan. The Flint Hills are known for their wildlife as well as their beautiful varieties of flowers.
Kansas is also home to part of the Historic Route 66 Byway. Starting just east of Galena, you’ll be able to see many of the original structures as you drive along a part of “The Mother Road.” One on these structures is the Marsh Arch Bridge, the only one left on the historic route. You’ll even find the original tow truck that “Mater”, from the Disney movie, “Cars”, was modeled after.
Because Kansas has some of the last original prairie land, you can also expect a naturally beautiful scenic drive the whole way.
These are two of eleven scenic byways throughout Kansas. Each route is deserving of a long stroll or fast-driving curves. You bought a performance vehicle because of the way it drives; why not take it on a road it deserves?
And stay tuned – we’ll let you know about more scenic road trips just a short drive away.
"The route is a beautiful drive through the true prairie land. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve encompasses the highway north of Cottonwood Falls."