Lawrence is only a quick 25 minute drive from both the capital city of Topeka and Kansas City, which is home to many entertainment and shopping districts as well as a rich arts scene. Aside from the University of Kansas's Legendary Allen Fieldhouse, which is home to the Kansas Jayhawks, Lawrence is also a 30 minute drive from three professional sporting arenas: Chiefs footballRoyals baseball and Sporting Kansas City soccer. Directly outside of Lawrence is Clinton Lake and State Park, which is great for boating, camping, hiking, or swimming.


    Lawrence was listed among the "Top 10 Cities Kindest to the Environment" in The Green Guide for its more than 54 parks, three aquatic centers, and 60 miles of biking and walking trails. Every year, the City hosts the Tour of Lawrence USA Cycling races. The League of American Bicyclists recognized Lawrence as a top "Bicycle Friendly Town."