38 days in Kansas Itinerary

38 days in Kansas Itinerary

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Fly to Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, Drive to Hutchinson
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Hutchinson
— 4 nights
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Lucas
— 3 nights
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Hays
— 5 nights
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Abilene
— 4 nights
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Fort Scott
— 4 nights
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Louisburg
— 4 nights
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Leavenworth
— 4 nights
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Topeka
— 9 nights
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Hutchinson

— 4 nights
Hutchinson is the largest city and county seat in Reno County, Kansas, United States, and located on the Arkansas River. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Strataca and Ellinwood Underground Tunnels. Explore hidden gems such as The Big Well and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hutchinson: Eagle Valley Raptor Center (in Cheney), Grace Hill Winery (in Whitewater) and Kansas Wetlands Education Center (in Great Bend). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Dillon Nature Center, examine the collection at Cosmosphere, and take an in-depth tour of Cloud County Historical Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hutchinson trip tool.

New York City to Hutchinson is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City to Hutchinson, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hutchinson, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Lucas.

Things to do in Hutchinson

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucas

— 3 nights
Lucas is a city in Russell County, Kansas, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Garden of Eden and The Geographic Center of the United States. Visiting Rock City and Mushroom Rock State Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Harker Museum Complex (in Kanopolis) and The World's Largest Ball of Sisal Twine (in Cawker City). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Grassroots Art Center, don't miss a visit to Bowl Plaza, appreciate the history behind World's Largest Czech Egg, and admire the majestic nature at Wilson Reservoir, State Park And Wildlife Area.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lucas tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Hutchinson to Lucas takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Lucas are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hays.

Things to do in Lucas

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hays

— 5 nights
Hays is a city in and the county seat of Ellis County, Kansas, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Fidelis Church and Fick Fossil & History Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fort Hays State Historic Site and Ellis Lakeside Campground. Venture out of the city with trips to Prairie Dog State Park (in Norton), Prairie Museum of Art & History (in Colby) and Buffalo Bill Cultural Center (in Oakley). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Barbed Wire Museum, take an in-depth tour of Boot Hill Museum, contemplate the long history of Home of Stone, and take in the dramatic natural features at Castle Rock.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hays trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Lucas to Hays takes 1.5 hours. In July in Hays, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Abilene.

Things to do in Hays

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Abilene

— 4 nights
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 Heritage Center of Dickinson County. Get in touch with nature at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge and Milford Nature Center & Fish Hatchery. Change things up with these side-trips from Abilene: Milford State Park (in Milford), Geary State Fishing Lake amd Wildlife Area (in Junction City) and US Cavalry Museum (in Fort Riley). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Greyhound Hall of Fame, look for gifts at Russell Stover Candy Company, contemplate the waterfront views at Council Grove Reservoir, and steep yourself in history at Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Abilene road trip website.

Traveling by car from Hays to Abilene takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Abilene are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fort Scott.

Things to do in Abilene

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Scott

— 4 nights
Fort Scott is a city in and the county seat of Bourbon County, Kansas, United States, 88mi south of Kansas City, on the Marmaton River. Get some cultural insight at Big Brutus and Fort Scott National Cemetery. Escape the urban bustle at Elk City State Park and Crawford State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo (in Independence), Dalton Defenders Museum (in Coffeyville) and Miner's Memorial in Immigrant Park (in Pittsburg). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site, and contemplate the long history of Fort Scott National Historic Site.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Fort Scott travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Abilene to Fort Scott by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Abilene in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fort Scott: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Louisburg.

Things to do in Fort Scott

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Louisburg

— 4 nights
Louisburg is a city in Miami County, Kansas, United States. Visiting Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Education Center and La Cygne Lake will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Somerset Ridge Vineyard-Winery and Powell Observatory. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at NightHawk Vineyard & Winery, contemplate the long history of John Brown Museum, and experience rural life at Louisburg Cider Mill.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisburg trip app.

You can drive from Fort Scott to Louisburg in an hour. In July in Louisburg, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 68°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Leavenworth.

Things to do in Louisburg

Wineries · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Leavenworth

— 4 nights
Leavenworth is the largest city in and the county seat of Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States. C.W. Parker Carousel Museum and Richard Allen Cultural Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ft Leavenworth Army Installation and Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Atchison (Muchnic Art Gallery, Atchison County Historical Society Museum, &more) and Grinter Farms (in Lawrence). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Carroll Mansion, ponder the world of politics at USP Leavenworth, stroll around Buffalo Soldier Memorial Park, and examine the collection at Evah C. Cray Historical Home.

Start your trip to Leavenworth by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Louisburg to Leavenworth in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Topeka.

Things to do in Leavenworth

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Topeka

— 9 nights
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Combat Air Museum and Ward-Meade Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Evel Knievel Museum and Spencer Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Marysville (Marshall County Historical & Pony Express Barn & Museum), Bluejacket Crossing Vineyard and Winery (in Eudora) and Lawrence (Booth Family Hall of Athletics, Phoenix Gallery, &more). Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Chase County Courthouse, learn about winemaking at Prairie Fire Winery, get a sense of history and politics at Kansas State Capitol Building, and examine the collection at Museum of the Kansas National Guard.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Topeka day trip app.

Traveling by car from Leavenworth to Topeka takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Topeka can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Topeka

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kansas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Zoos · Entertainment Centers
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.