Traveling west from Kansas City, the bustling urban area that straddles the states of Missouri and Kansas quickly morphs into rolling prairie accented with picturesque barns, herds of cows, and (depending on when you visit) colorful wildflowers. Headed in this direction, you’ll find yourself first in Lawrence and then in Manhattan. 

Home to the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, respectively, both are great college towns that aren’t too small or too big, and they’re full of friendly Midwesterners. Here’s how Lawrence and Manhattan compare. 

Pro Tip: If you’re visiting Lawrence and Manhattan on an I-70 road trip from Kansas City to Hays, be sure to add these tasty stops to your itinerary.

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