35 days in Northwest Kansas Itinerary

35 days in Northwest Kansas Itinerary

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— 11 nights
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Norton ©
Norton is a city in, and the county seat of, Norton County, Kansas, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Norton side-trips: The Geographic Center of the United States (in Lebanon), Home on the Range Cabin (in Athol) and Nicodemus National Historic Site (in Nicodemus). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Prairie Dog State Park, steep yourself in history at The Willa Cather Foundation, take an in-depth tour of Decatur County Last Indian Raid Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Willa Cather Memorial Prairie.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Norton tour itinerary planner.

Alpena to Norton is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Alpena to Norton, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Alpena, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Norton, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel to Oakley.

Things to do in Norton

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Red Cloud, The Geographic Center of the United States, Home on the Range Cabin, Nicodemus National Historic Site, Decatur County Last Indian Raid Museum
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The Geographic Center of the United States ©
Prairie Dog State Park ©
Prairie Dog State Park
Willa Cather Memorial Prairie ©
Willa Cather Memorial Prairie


Oakley ©
Oakley is a city in Gove, Logan, and Thomas counties in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oakley: Fort Wallace Museum (in Wallace), Castle Rock (in Quinter) and Prairie Museum of Art & History (in Colby). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Monument Rocks, examine the collection at Old Town Museum, make a trip to Giant Van Gogh Painting, and get answers to all your questions at Buffalo Bill Cultural Center.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Oakley attractions planner.

You can drive from Norton to Oakley in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in March, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 11th (Sat), you're off to Hays.

Things to do in Oakley

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Scott City, Burlington, Saint Francis, Goodland, Fort Wallace Museum
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Monument Rocks ©
Monument Rocks
Fick Fossil & History Museum ©
Fick Fossil & History Museum
Buffalo Bill Cultural Center ©
Buffalo Bill Cultural Center


Hays ©
Hays is a city in and the county seat of Ellis County, Kansas, United States. Explore Hays' surroundings by going to Great Bend (Heartland Farm, Cheyenne Bottoms, &more), The Big Well (in Greensburg) and Dodge City (Boothill Casino and Resort & Boot Hill Museum). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Sternberg Museum of Natural History, learn about all things military at Fort Larned National Historic Site, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rolling Hills Zoo, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ellis Lakeside Campground.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hays trip planner.

Getting from Oakley to Hays by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April in Hays, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Hays

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Great Bend, Abilene, Ellis, Dodge City, World's Largest Czech Egg
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Sternberg Museum of Natural History ©
Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum ©
Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum
Rolling Hills Zoo ©
Rolling Hills Zoo