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 the official founding City of Veterans' Day. Our City is full of friendly people who honor and respect our veterans of all eras. Our Beautiful Veterans Memorial is across the street from a beautiful free zoo that is the pride of Emporia.
Reviewed by tracybooth
on September 17, 2012
Emporia is a great friendly town that celebrates Veteran's Day with a week of activities.
Reviewed by Harrouff
on September 17, 2012
Emporia honors our Veterans with style and pride! It is a great town to raise a family and the people are friendly and the schools are top notch.
Reviewed by roxalan
on September 17, 2012
Emporia is a friendly place with wonderful people and really nice attractions. The Emporia Zoo is a wonderful way to spend a peaceful afternoon. A stroll downtown isn't complete without stopping in at Amanda's for lunch and The Sweet Granada for a chocolate treat!
Reviewed by SonjaBonebrake
on September 17, 2012
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
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