Buffalo and a sea of grass and wildflowers
The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is a little-known but impressive natural park in the Flint Hills area of central Kansas. It’s located right between Topeka and Wichita and is about an hour and a half’s drive from either city. The park’s significance lies in its unique ecosystem of tallgrass prairie, a landscape which used to be prevalent in the Kansas area but which has been largely destroyed over the years. In fact, this is one of the last stretches of real tallgrass prairie left in the United States. So, you’re probably thinking…yeah, prairie…endless stretches of boring grassland, right? Wrong. If you visit in spring, you’ll see a literal sea of wavy green prairie grass and wildflowers rippling in the wind, all under the massive blue prairie sky. It’s the stuff that “America the Beautiful” was talking about. It’s simply spectacular to see.