The town of Liberal, Kansas has taken on the role of Dorothy’s hometown. Liberal hugs the Oklahoma line in the southwest corner of the state, on US 54. If you’re driving from Hooker to Kismet, you’ll go right through it. Or take US 83 two and a half hours from either I-70 or I-40.
When you arrive at Dorothy’s house, a latter-day Dorothy greets you. Garbed in the iconic Judy Garland dress, one of several local young women will take you all through and around the house, recounting stories both from the film and about life on these remote Kansas plains.
She’ll point out the cream separator and the bedpan she has to empty before she offers to take you out back to the Land of Oz. After passing through a simulated tornado, you arrive in the fabled country. We won’t spoil any surprises about what awaits you there.
There's more to see in Liberal Kansas
If you need a bit more of Liberal, you can drive to the edge of town where the Mid-America Air Museum features over a hundred planes and other aircraft.
More Camping and things to see around Liberal, Kansas
If you want to stay the night in more rural digs, Arkalon Park is ten miles up the road (still in Liberal, go figure) and charges $5 for a site or $15 for a site with hookups.
There are picnic tables, fire rings, a dump station, and a shower house with flush toilets. If you’re headed (or coming from ) southwest, the Rita Blanca National Grasslands in western Oklahoma offers some nice no-hookup spots.
You won’t find any cities out here, just small-town diners, cowboys and cowgirls, local rodeos, and the ubiquitous local history museum.
Fancy seeing a jar from an Egyptian tomb? A two-headed rattlesnake? Maybe a saddle used by Jesse James? Or a used pair of ruby slippers?
They’re all out here if you look hard enough, and stay off the beaten path.
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