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.

I love living in Emporia! The people are friendly and truly love our country. We treat our veterans right.
Reviewed by jacqueKSU
on September 17, 2012
Proud to be from the Founding City of Veterans Day and invite everyone to come and see our All Veterans Memorial
Reviewed by Jeanine
on September 17, 2012
Great home town! I moved from Oregon, but after 4 years here, I'm not ready to move back! :-)
Reviewed by sstone
on September 17, 2012
Emporia is a friendly community in the Heartland. We take honoring our soldiers and veterans seriously. As the founding city of Veterans Day, it's a no brainer that we should be America's Most Patriotic City!
Reviewed by leslies
on September 17, 2012
Emporia is the best kept secret in the USA! Founding city of Veterans Day.
Reviewed by JIM01
on September 17, 2012
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