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Lawrence, Kansas

This charming and hip college town, located about a half-hour west of Kansas City, is imbued with an almost Southern friendliness. People are just plain nice and seem to be completely unpretentious. The best place to meet such folk is downtown on bustling Massachusetts Street (a.k.a. "Mass"), which is Delmar and South Grand and Euclid rolled into one. On this mile-and-a-half-long strip you'll find book stores, used clothing stores, coffee shops, specialty boutiques (such as the well-known Waxman Candles) and more. See which band is playing at the Granada Theater or the Bottleneck, or duck into any number of welcoming bars and restaurants (Free State Brewing Company, Jefferson's and Yello Sub are a few faves). Tomorrow you can nurse your hangover at Milton's, a breakfast joint the locals swear by. (Just be prepared to wait for a table.) Afterward you'll have enough energy to hit the road for home — but you won't want to. So go ahead and walk around, buy that out-of-print LP you were eyeing yesterday at Kief's Downtown Music. Have another leisurely cup of coffee at Aimee's or Java Break. What's your hurry? St. Louis'll still be here when you get back.

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