Lawrence, Kansas, known as “LFK” among locals (you’ll have to guess what the “F” stands for), is a hidden gem tucked into the gently rolling hills of eastern Kansas—though word about this progressive university town of around 90,000 residents seems to be getting out. 

Routinely topping “best of” lists, Lawrence has one eye on the past and one on the future, with a rich history. Encompassing everything from Civil War raids to the invention of basketball, Lawrence also has a young, vibrant culture thanks to students from both the University of Kansas (UK) and Haskell Indian Nations University. 

Visit Lawrence and you’ll quickly discover a friendly town with inventive restaurants, impressive museums, unique local shops, and plenty of outdoor activities. Soon enough you’ll be the one singing Lawrence’s praises to those unacquainted with its charms. Here are our favorite stops on a trip through eastern Kansas. Read more>