31 days in Kansas Itinerary

31 days in Kansas Itinerary

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Start: Columbus
Fly + Drive:  8 h 30 min
1
Lawrence
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Baxter Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Abilene
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Concordia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Great Bend
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Goodland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Dodge City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Wichita
— 8 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Columbus

5
nights
Lawrence

Lawrence ©
Lawrence is the sixth largest city in the state of Kansas and the county seat of Douglas County, Kansas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like KU Natural History Museum and Lawrence Public Library. Get out of town with these interesting Lawrence side-trips: Leavenworth (Ft Leavenworth Army Installation, Buffalo Soldier Memorial Park, &more), Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum (in Atchison) and Topeka (Ward Meade Park, Combat Air Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Spencer Museum of Art, look for gifts at Mass Street Soda, experience rural life at Louisburg Cider Mill, and examine the collection at Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lawrence trip planner.

Columbus to Lawrence is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Columbus in July, you will find days in Lawrence are a bit warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Baxter Springs.

Things to do in Lawrence

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leavenworth, Topeka, Louisburg, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site, Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Spencer Museum of Art ©
Spencer Museum of Art
KU Natural History Museum ©
KU Natural History Museum
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site ©

3
nights
Baxter Springs

Baxter Springs ©
Baxter Springs is a city in Cherokee County, Kansas, United States, and located along Spring River. Explore hidden gems such as Big Brutus and Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baxter Springs: Dalton Defenders Museum (in Coffeyville), Little House on the Prairie Museum (in Independence) and Old Riverton Store (in Riverton). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum, stroll the grounds of Fort Scott National Cemetery, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Baxter Springs travel route planner.

Getting from Lawrence to Baxter Springs by car takes about 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Baxter Springs are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Abilene.

Things to do in Baxter Springs

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Independence, Galena, Fort Scott National Cemetery, Dalton Defenders Museum, Old Riverton Store
Highlights from your plan
Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum ©
Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum
Big Brutus ©
Big Brutus
Fort Scott National Cemetery ©
Fort Scott National Cemetery

3
nights
Abilene

Abilene ©
Abilene is a city in and the county seat of Dickinson County, Kansas, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seelye Mansion and Greyhound Hall of Fame. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Abilene: Kansas State University Insect Zoo (in Manhattan), Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park (in Salina) and Lindsborg (Wild Dala Horse Herd & Coronado Heights). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Heritage Center of Dickinson County, learn about winemaking at Oz Winery, and stop by Russell Stover Candy Company.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Abilene online tour planner.

Drive from Baxter Springs to Abilene in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Concordia.

Things to do in Abilene

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Lindsborg, Kansas State University Insect Zoo, Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park, Oz Winery
Highlights from your plan
Heritage Center of Dickinson County ©
Heritage Center of Dickinson County
Greyhound Hall of Fame ©
Greyhound Hall of Fame
Seelye Mansion ©
Seelye Mansion

2
nights
Concordia

Concordia ©
Concordia is a city in and the county seat of Cloud County, Kansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): appreciate the history behind Cloud County Covention & Tourism- Whole Wall Mural, take an in-depth tour of WWII German POW Camp, thensee the interesting displays at Boyer Museum of Animated Carvings, and finally make a trip to The World's Largest Ball of Sisal Twine. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at National Orphan Train Complex, thentake an in-depth tour of Cloud County Historical Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia Motherhouse.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Concordia day trip website.

Getting from Abilene to Concordia by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Concordia are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Great Bend.

Things to do in Concordia

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

The World's Largest Ball of Sisal Twine, Boyer Museum of Animated Carvings
Highlights from your plan
Cloud County Historical Museum ©
Cloud County Historical Museum
The World's Largest Ball of Sisal Twine ©
The World's Largest Ball of Sisal Twine

3
nights
Great Bend

Great Bend ©
Great Bend is a city in and the county seat of Barton County, Kansas, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Garden of Eden and Fort Hays State Historic Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Grassroots Art Center (in Lucas), St. Fidelis Church (in Victoria) and World's Largest Czech Egg (in Wilson). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Heartland Farm, look for all kinds of wild species at Cheyenne Bottoms, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Larned National Historic Site, and walk around Lemon Park.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Great Bend holiday planning app.

You can drive from Concordia to Great Bend in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Great Bend are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Goodland.

Things to do in Great Bend

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lucas, Fort Larned National Historic Site, St. Fidelis Church, Lemon Park, Fort Hays State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Garden of Eden ©
Garden of Eden
Heartland Farm ©
Heartland Farm
St. Fidelis Church ©
St. Fidelis Church

2
nights
Goodland

Goodland ©
Goodland is a city in and the county seat of Sherman County, Kansas, United States. On the 7th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Prairie Museum of Art & History, get all the information you need at Buffalo Bill Cultural Center, thentake an in-depth tour of Fick Fossil & History Museum, and finally make a trip to Giant Van Gogh Painting. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at High Plains Museum, don't miss a visit to Mount Sunflower, and then get engrossed in the history at Fort Wallace Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Goodland trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Great Bend to Goodland in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Great Bend in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Goodland, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Dodge City.

Things to do in Goodland

Museums

Side Trips

Oakley, Mount Sunflower, Prairie Museum of Art & History, Fort Wallace Museum
Highlights from your plan
Prairie Museum of Art & History ©
Prairie Museum of Art & History
Buffalo Bill Cultural Center ©
Buffalo Bill Cultural Center
Fick Fossil & History Museum ©
Fick Fossil & History Museum

4
nights
Dodge City

Dodge City ©
Dodge City is the county seat of Ford County, Kansas, United States, named after nearby Fort Dodge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like United Wireless Arena and Lee Richardson Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dodge City: Dalton Gang Hideout (in Meade), The Big Well (in Greensburg) and Mid-America Air Museum (in Liberal). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Home of Stone, take an in-depth tour of Boot Hill Museum, try your luck at Boothill Casino and Resort, and don't miss a visit to Cattle Feedlot Overlook.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Dodge City driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Goodland to Dodge City takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Goodland to Dodge City is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Wichita.

Things to do in Dodge City

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Dalton Gang Hideout, The Big Well, Mid-America Air Museum, Lee Richardson Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Big Well ©
The Big Well
Home of Stone ©
Home of Stone
Lee Richardson Zoo ©
Lee Richardson Zoo

8
nights
Wichita

Wichita ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arkansas River Trail and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Get out of town with these interesting Wichita side-trips: El Dorado (Sweet 120 & Walnut River Brewing Company) and Hutchinson (Strataca, Smith's Market, &more).

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Wichita route maker website.

Drive from Dodge City to Wichita in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Wichita can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wichita

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hutchinson, El Dorado, Chisholm Trail 8, Tanganyika Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Great Plains Nature Center ©
Great Plains Nature Center
Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House ©
Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception ©
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

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