Lawrence is only the sixth largest city in Kansas and located in the northeastern sector of the state, next to Interstate 70, between the Kansas and Wakarusa Rivers. It’s a college town and the home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University. This means it has a large population of people in their early 20’s, which in turn gives it a pretty young, open vibe. Lawrence began as a center of Kansas politics, but its economy soon diversified into many industries including manufacturing, agriculture, and ultimately education, beginning with the founding of the University of Kansas in 1866. I think it’s primarily because of that University and the nearly 30,000 students who go there that the city is surprisingly LGBT-friendly and a place where we could comfortably visit as a gay couple.
You can see the first episode of our trip (above) focused on the hotels and restaurants we experienced during our visit. It includes the TownePlace Suites, The Oread, Port Fonda, Ladybird Diner, J. Wilson’s, and Bon Bon!
The second episode (below) focused on the attractions we saw and the activities we did while there. It includes the Spencer Museum of Art, KU Natural History Museum, The DeBruce Center, Booth Family Hall of Athletics & Allen Fieldhouse, and Downtown Lawrence.
Our itinerary was put together with help from eXplore Lawrence and here are some of the photos I shared on Instagram from the area:
We also did a video from our first hotel where I talked about how I got in trouble for putting a photo of myself in a sling on Instagram and a video from our second hotel where my boyfriend and I talked about how we make our relationship work, so be sure to check those out too! Subscribe to my YouTube channel while you’re there to see upcoming videos from our travels as they’re uploaded!