Take your guide to Lawrence hotels and flip to the back. Odds are that they’ll have a map for you to use in your around-town adventure. You’ll notice that a feature of the city is that many parallel roads are named after states, which can actually be quite helpful. One of the main attractions of the city that you might find there is Massachusetts Street. Massachusetts Street is an entire road full of small stores, everything from quaint boutiques to glamorous clothes stores, from small burger joints to $20-a-plate grills and sushi bars. Anything you could possibly want out of a Friday evening could be found there. If you’re thinking you’d rather be more frugal and health conscious, despite being smack in the middle of beef country there are plenty of health food stores for your perusal.
Many cultural events can be found within the city, especially on the Kansas University campus itself. One personal favorite is the huge recital chamber full of an enormous organ; the music played by talented undergrad and graduate students, not to mention their professors, can make you just melt.
Once you get tired of the city, your guide to Lawrence hotels might stop being useful to you. Actually, once you get out of Lawrence, hotels disappear pretty much altogether until you reach Kansas City, Atchison, or Topeka, depending on which direction you decided to go. Kansas City can be found to the east, and although to find much of what is well-known in Kansas City you’ll have to head over to the Missouri side of the city, there is plenty to see on the Kansas side, as well. In fact, the second-richest county per capita in the country as of 2006 can be found in this area – Johnson County. If you go west of Lawrence you’ll come across Topeka within forty-five minutes or so. Topeka, being the capital of the state, has even more to do than Lawrence does. They have a huge park, complete with zoo. The capitol building is a sight to see, as well, and shouldn’t be missed on your tour. North of Lawrence you’ll find Atchison, home of Benedictine College and the birthplace (or so they claim) of Amelia Earhart. Consequently, every summer there is a festival devoted solely to her memory. If you’re the kind who likes ghost stories, Atchison is the place for you – it’s one of the most haunted places in America!
So, don’t believe the hype. There’s really plenty to do in Lawrence KS, you just have to go there and find out for yourself!