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Media Release about The Kansas Guidebook

New Kansas guidebook: (Oct. 25, 2005)

NEW KANSAS GUIDEBOOK IS HOT OFF THE PRESS!


It took two years and over 40,000 miles for Marci Penner to visit every one of the 627 incorporated cities in Kansas. The end result of her journey is a brand new 432-page book: The Kansas Guidebook for Explorers. The book features 3,597 places to visit in 500 Kansas towns, highlighted by 400 color photos.

The Kansas Guidebook for Explorers, a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, features cities and towns of every size. It leads a reader everywhere from a giant protruding boulder in the middle of a street in McLouth, to Wagon Bed Springs, a Santa Fe Trail historic site in Grant County. More than 650 restaurants, local cafes, coffee shops, and soda fountains are also listed, along with numerous observations about local customs, architecture, history, scenery, art. and the best shopping in locally-owned stores.

"We hope the book serves as a tool to help people plan day trips and find historic, charming, and quirky places in every part of the state. Even armchair travelers will enjoy the journey," said Penner.

The book is available online at www.kansasguidebook.com or in bookstores and gift shops statewide. Book signings and a list of retail outlets that carry the book can be found on the web site. The spiral-bound book retails for $24.95.

Calling this, "the Kansas travel guide with a heart," Penner expresses the hope that the book will help bolster small towns and businesses in Kansas. She notes that a few of the places she wrote about have already closed. "If thousands of our own people are traveling and appreciating Kansas, it can really make a difference in keeping them alive."

Regular updates to the Kansas Guidebook can be found at www.kansasguidebook.com.