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.

Embodies what is right with America.
Reviewed by gcr110
on September 17, 2012
The founding town of Veterans Day, people are proud of this. Emporia has a Veterans parade every year. You can always see a flag flying somewhere in town. Emporia is a proud town.
Reviewed by Dianna
on September 17, 2012
Founding community of Veterans Day.........how more patriotic can a community be? Truly the most patriotic city in America!
Reviewed by gohlman
on September 17, 2012
A great place to live and raise a family. A very down home kind of town
Reviewed by fdconrade
on September 17, 2012
It's centrally located in the U.S., and the people here would do anything for you. It's one big neighborhood!
Reviewed by lori1022
on September 17, 2012
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