So Much Of Space History Is Located Along This Dream Roadtripper Route

For those wanting to combine a breathtaking drive over the rolling hills of Kansas and a visit to one of the Sunflower’s State’s coveted Eight Wonders, a drive down to the Kansas Cosmosphere looks like a trip planned in heaven. Of course, Kansas is not a boring state. There are certain things that can only be found in Kansas. But the beauty of Kansas isn’t the kind that catches your eye. As are humans, who at first glance appear plain and shallow, but in time turn out to be rare jewels, beautiful souls who appear unaffected by human flaws and frailties. This is Kansas.


And no one will know that until they veer off the freeway a little. Then Kansas will prove to be more than just the majesty of its famous prairies. In this article, we talk about one of the gems of the state, which setting would make for a dream road trip.

Why the Kansas Cosmosphere should be on a road tripper’s bucket list

For those who love driving on roads that open up views as far as the eye can see, Kansas is the state to go to. Of course, not the whole state is flat. And we’re not saying flat terrain is boring. There is usually something alluring about the infinite nothingness that is so charming and seductive. Driving with the whole world literally before your eyes and stretched far into the murky horizon is quite an experience. The part of Kansas that everyone will agree is flat is the western half. However, when it comes to the eastern part, the terrain takes on a new look. It’s a look punctuated by rolling hills and gentle slopes.

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For those who managed to drive through the Midwest; and across Kansas is quite pleasant. The streets are almost completely deserted. It’s the blue clouds, the windswept prairies, and the revving of the engine as it rolls down roads with no sudden turns or dangerous turns. With the car stereo playing a favorite hit, driving has never been more enjoyable. But it’s Hutchinson, the place in the Kansas Cosmosphere that seems to be in the middle of nowhere. Of course, Hutchinson is a small town – and you can’t really expect the same vibe as, say, Chicago – or Vegas. But Hutchinson seems to be small and getting smaller. This image becomes even clearer when one considers that it is the site of such a great attraction as the cosmossphere.

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The fascinating space history to learn at Kansas Cosmosphere

For no other reason, the mere fact that the Kansas Cosmosphere has the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow makes it a place worth visiting. Here, visitors will learn the fascinating history of the space race and the geopolitical intrigue that shaped this era. And while you can learn about space history at a dozen other locations across the country, the Kansas Cosmosphere boasts an impressive array of space artifacts — unmatched by any other facility in the United States — with the exception of the National Air and Space Museum from Smithsonian in Washington DC. Learning space history while observing such monumental artifacts as the Apollo 13 command module brings the lesson to life in a way that will impress you.

Visitors to this jewel of a museum will learn the history of space travel from its faltering beginnings – marked by rocket experiments during World War I – to the launch of Sputnik, the Cold War years and the advent of the commercial space industry.

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Here’s how to prepare for a trip to the Kansas Cosmosphere

Let’s start with the number of hours you have to spend here. In our opinion no less than five hours. That does this place justice. Of course you can also spend two or three hours here. In the end it all boils down to interest. However, the museum itself recommends four hours.

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  • How much do I need to visit the Kansas Cosmosphere? The Single Venue Ticket, which gives visitors unlimited access to the museum’s offerings, is $26.5 per adult (before tax). On the other hand, children (4-12) pay $17.5, also before taxes.

As we said before, the Kansas Cosmosphere is in Hutchinson. Hutchinson is located approximately 52 miles from Wichita, the largest city in the Sunflower State. It’s a drive of almost an hour. While the entire facility has visitors interested, top attractions here include the Planetarium, Carey Digital Dome Theatre, Dr. Godard’s Lab and of course the Hall of Space. Visitors should also not miss the flight simulator, an experience that mimics a real journey into space. It only takes about six minutes.

That’s it. Traveling into space — through a road trip — definitely looks odd. Not only is it possible, it will be a memorable pleasure.