Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Kansas has the worst in the United States if a poll conducted by the business website Business Insider is to be believed.
The website asked 1,603 people questions such as, "Which state has the weirdest accent?" and, "Which state has the ugliest residents?" Respondents had to answer with a state that was not their own. Kansas had the most responses to, "Which state has the worst scenery?" The sunflower state was followed closely by New Jersey.
"Oh, no, they're wrong," Wichita resident John Greeley said.
Greeley was enjoying a drive through the Flint Hills along the Kansas Turnpike Wednesday afternoon. He said the state offers a variety of scenery.
"This right here, the Flint Hills of Kansas, is the prettiest part of the whole state and the United States, too," Greeley said.
Travelers stopped at the Matfield Green service area on the Turnpike also disagreed with those voting in the poll.
"I like that you can see a lot all at once," Patty Leonard of Cypress, Texas, said. "It's beautiful. It feels like you can breathe. You don't feel claustrophobic at all."
Lexy Wentzell of Alberta, Canada, knows a thing or two about living around beautiful scenery. She said anybody who believes Kansas has no scenery to offer isn't paying attention.
"People often when they're driving don't pay attention to what's around them and they'll think that it's just a big, open field," Wentzell said. "If you look, it's really beautiful and there's lots of wildflowers and even just crops that are growing are really, really beautiful."
Sure, Kansas may not offer mountain vistas or vast expanses of water, but the state -- from east to west and north to south -- has diverse scenery that can be enjoyed by any age.
Marci Penner, director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, said the poll isn't all negative.
"There's a couple of ways to look at this," she said. "One is that, ranked 50th, that means we have the most potential of any state in the Union to change peoples' minds."
Penner said all Kansans can do a better job of bragging about their state.
"But before we brag, I think we have to know the state," she said. "So, get out there and see the state yourself and then there's no doubt you'll start bragging."