12 days in Kansas Itinerary

12 days in Kansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansas attractions planner

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Fly to Kansas City International Airport, Drive to Manhattan
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Manhattan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Overland Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Independence
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wichita
— 4 nights
Fly

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Manhattan

— 2 nights
Manhattan is a city in northeastern Kansas in the United States at the junction of the Kansas River and Big Blue River. Family-friendly places like Evel Knievel Museum and Kansas State Capitol Building will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manhattan: Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum (in Abilene), Rolling Hills Zoo (in Salina) and Gage Park (in Topeka). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at OZ Museum and let little ones run wild at Wamego City Park.

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San Diego to Manhattan is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from San Diego to Manhattan, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Manhattan, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Overland Park.

Things to do in Manhattan

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Overland Park

— 2 nights
Overland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site, take in nature's colorful creations at Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, and finally pause for some photo ops at Korean War Veterans Memorial. Keep things going the next day: stop by Moon Marble Company, then cool off at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City, and then find something for the whole family at Great Wolf Lodge.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Overland Park trip maker.

Traveling by car from Manhattan to Overland Park takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Independence.

Things to do in Overland Park

Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Independence

— 3 nights
Independence is a city in and the county seat of Montgomery County, Kansas, United States. Little House on the Prairie Museum has been added to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like Safari Zoological Park and Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Independence: Gary's Garage Museum (in Caney), Hubbles Rubble (in Howard) and Price Tower Arts Center (in Bartlesville). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo and examine the collection at Big Brutus.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Independence road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Overland Park to Independence takes 3 hours. July in Independence sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wichita.

Things to do in Independence

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wichita

— 4 nights
Kids will enjoy Sedgwick County Zoo and Cosmosphere. Change things up with these side-trips from Wichita: Hutchinson (Strataca & Dillon Nature Center).

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Wichita road trip website.

Drive from Independence to Wichita in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Wichita

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

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.