County population: 36,776
County seat: Garden City (pop. 26,658)
Other cities: Holcomb (pop. 2,094)
How to get there: Garden City is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50/400 and U.S. Highway 83.
County population: 7,829
County seat: Ulysses (pop. 6,161)
How to get there: U.S. Highway 160 (east-west) and Kansas Highway 25 (north-south) intersect at Ulysses. To travel to Ulysses from Garden City, take U.S. Highway 83 south about 30 miles until you reach U.S. Highway 160. Take a right, and head about 23 miles west on U.S. Highway 160.
Famous landmarks/attractions: Santa Fe Trail; Wagonbed Springs; Grant County Museum, 300 E. Highway 160, Ulysses.
County population: 6,005
County seat: Cimarron (pop. 2,184)
Other cities: Copeland (pop. 306), Ensign (pop. 190), Montezuma (pop. 934) and Ingalls (pop. 298)
How to get there: Head east from Garden City on U.S. Highway 400/U.S. 50 about 33 miles to Cimarron.
Famous landmarks/attractions: U.S. 50 follows the original Santa Fe Trail through Cimarron. Cimarron Crossing Park has two markers describing the trail through this area; the Gray County wind farm, near Montezuma, was Kansas' first large-scale wind farm. Ensign is notable for its giant elevators, but there is a park and playground at the Ford-Ensign Road and Aubrey Street; Ingalls has the Santa Fe Trail Museum, 204 S. Main St., Ingalls; and the Stauth Memorial Museum, 111 N. Aztec St., is in Montezuma.
County population: 1,247
County seat: Tribune (pop. 741)
Other cities: Horace (pop. 70)
How to get there from Garden City: Go west on U.S. Highway 50/400 for 50 miles to Syracuse; turn right on Kansas Highway 27
Famous landmark/attraction: Horace Greeley Museum; Barrel Springs Hunt Club
County population: 2,690
County seat: Syracuse (pop. 1,812)
Other cities: Coolidge (pop. 95)
How to get there: From Garden City, head west on U.S. Highway 50 for about 51 miles.
Famous landmarks/attractions: Northrup Theatre (est. 1930), 116 N. Main St., Syracuse, open Friday through Sunday, (620) 384-7688; Syracuse Sand Park, located one mile south of Syracuse on Highway 27 by the Arkansas River, (620) 384-2480; Trail City Art Gallery, U.S. Highway 50 in Coolidge, (620) 372-8141.
County population: 4,256
County seat: Sublette (pop. 1,453)
Other cities: Satanta (pop. 1,133)
How to get there: From Garden City, head south on U.S. Highway 83 for about 35 miles until you reach U.S. Highway 56. At U.S. Highway 56, turn left (headed east) one mile to reach Sublette, or right (headed west) about seven miles to reach Satanta.
Famous landmarks/attractions: The Santa Fe Trail, from St. Louis, Mo., to Santa Fe, N.M., crosses Haskell County from the northeast corner to the southwest side.
County population: 3,977
County seat: Lakin (pop. 2,216)
Other cities: Deerfield (pop. 700)
How to get there from Garden City: Go west on U.S. Highway 50
Famous landmark/attraction: Kearny County Historical Museum, Lakin; Santa Fe Trail historical landmarks (Chouteau's Island, Indian Mound, Bluff Station); Lake Beymer water recreation park
County population: 1,750
Cities in the county: Dighton (pop. 1,038)
Other cities: Healy (pop. 234)
How to get there: From Garden City go north on U.S. 83, then east on Kansas Highway 96
Famous landmark/attraction: Lane County Museum, 333 N. Main St.; The Old Bank Gallery, 146 S. Longhorn Road
County seat: Scott City (pop. 3,816)
How to get there: From Garden City, take U.S. Highway 83 north about 34 miles to Scott City.
Famous landmarks/attractions: Lake Scott State Park; Camp Christy, Baptist church camp; Battle of Punished Woman's Fork; Lake Scott State Park, Old Steele Home, a pioneer home established in the 1890s; El Quartelejo Pueblo Ruins; Camp Lakeside, Methodist retreat area; Keystone Gallery, contains fossils; El Quartelejo Museum.
County population: 2,235
County seat: Johnson City (pop. 1,495)
How to get there: Go west on U.S. Highway 50 until Lakin, then turn south on Kansas Highway 25. Next, turn west on U.S. Highway 160.
Famous landmark/attraction: Stanton County Museum, 104 E. Highland Ave., Johnson City, (620) 492-1526.
County Population: 5,724
County seat: Hugoton (pop. 3,904)
Other towns: Moscow (pop. 310)
How to get there from Garden City: Go south on U.S. Highway 83 for 36 miles to Sublette; turn right and go west on U.S. Highway 56
Famous landmark/attraction: Stevens County Historical Museum
County population: 2,234
County seat: Leoti (pop. 1,534)
Other cities: Marienthal (pop. 71)
How to get there: From Garden City, go north on U.S. Highway 83, then west on Kansas Highway 96
Famous landmark/attraction: Museum of the Great Plains, 401 N. Fourth St., Leoti; Central Plains Wind Farm, between Marienthal and Leoti
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