Emporia, Kansas


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


Emporia, KS prides itself in founding Veterans Day, which they celebrate with a full week of festivities. Locals support the troops and celebrate America with events and fundraisers year round. Emporia is located between Kansas City and Wichita on Interstate 35.

Tour the All Veterans Memorial and Park, which honors all who have served our country in every branch of the military. The town also offers other memorials, the Lyon County Museum, the Schmidt Museum of Natural History, and the David Traylor Zoo. An aquatic center and 18 parks in Emporia will please the active traveler.

Emporia State University draws students from far and wide and provides a museum of its own and competitive athletics. Emporia’s also home to the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame and the William Allen White residence, a favorite place for visitors to stay.

Food is a highlight here, with many restaurants where the people are friendly and the owners are often hands-on, doing everything from bussing tables to manning the grill. Try the enchiladas at Casa Ramos, the giant sandwiches at Amanda’s Bakery and Café, the juicy and cheap burgers at J’s Burgers, or the mouthwatering ribs at Bobby D’s BBQ.

Emporia is a wonderful town with so much to offer. The Veteran's Memorial is a place to reflect on the where the U.S. military has been and the price our military forces pay to keep our country free. A community of pride that will fight for the Red, White and Blue! Within, a block of the memorial, you will find Emporia's finest family hot spots....the David Traylor Zoo. A free zoo that is known as one of the smallest accredited Zoos in the U.S. by the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Come visit Emporia and see why we are so proud.
Reviewed by mom2marine
on September 17, 2012
I have grown up here my whole life. I enjoy the parade the most and lucky to have had the experience.
Reviewed by jtebbetts
on September 17, 2012
Emporia is a wonderful place to raise a family. A great pride for our town from the residents. Must visit the Veterans Memorial site if you are here. The kids love to climb on the army tank and to see a helicopter put on a platform in the sky. The Peter Pan Park is a nice sized park to visit in the same area that has a new addition of toys. Our historic downtown area is a great place to stroll down for some shopping. And did I mention we have a FREE zoo with a train?
Reviewed by lisa27mp
on September 17, 2012
Beautiful All Veterans Memorial.
Reviewed by christym123
on September 17, 2012
I think it qualifies in more than one cataegory, but I can only vote for one :(
Reviewed by KatyMcCormick
on September 17, 2012
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