This was my itinerary for a 5-day (Friday-Tuesday) sprint around the State of Kansas some years past. If you are considering a trip there, you may find some ideas for your itinerary here.
Coming from Boston, I took a plane to Kansas City, Missouri (MO) on Thursday evening, picked up my rental car and found an airport hotel for the rest of the night so I could start the Kansas experience on Friday morning. Kansas City straddles Missouri and Kansas so that each of these states has its own Kansas City.
At KANSAS CITY, MO. Visit the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.
Drive into the State of Kansas and continue one hour more via Route I-70 to the capital city of TOPEKA.
Stop in at the State House.
Visit the Kansas Museum of History, the Kansas Historical Society and the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.
Check for live theater at the Civic Center’s Oldfather Theater.
Check out the Farmers Market.
Drive 2.5 hours (Route I-70 to I-335) to WICHITA.
Visit the Museum of World Treasures.
After lunch, visit the Mid America All Indian Center and the Wichita Art Museum.
Check for any concerns at the Empire House Theater at Old Cowtown Museum.
Drive 3 hours to HAYS via Great Bend and then 54w to 281N to 70W.
See Sternberg Museum of Natural History and Kansas Wetlands Education Center.
Overnight an hour away in SALINA.
Drive ½ hour to MINNEAPOLIS to see Rock City.
Drive to ABILENE to see the Eisenhower Presidential Library. I found a Valentine Diner in this area.
Drive to MANHATTAN for lunch and check out self-guided trails at Konza Prairie.
Drive 2 hours on Route I-70 East and cross the border to Missouri.
In KANSAS CITY, MO, take a one-hour free tour at the Harley Davidson Assembly Plant.
Drive 2 hours to INDEPENDENCE, MO to see the Truman Presidential Library.
Find the airport to go home!
“I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”— L. Frank Baum
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