12 days in Kansas Itinerary

12 days in Kansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansas route planner

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Wichita
— 2 nights
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Independence
— 1 night
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Overland Park
— 3 nights
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Topeka
— 5 nights
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Wichita

— 2 nights
Attractions like Sedgwick County Zoo and Exploration Place make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wichita: Hutchinson (Strataca, Cosmosphere, &more).

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Wichita road trip website.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Wichita. In March, daytime highs in Wichita are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Independence.

Things to do in Wichita

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Independence

— 1 night
Independence is a city in and the county seat of Montgomery County, Kansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Gary's Garage Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Safari Zoological Park, and then steep yourself in history at Little House on the Prairie Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Independence travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Wichita to Independence by car takes about 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Independence are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Overland Park.

Things to do in Independence

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Overland Park

— 3 nights
Overland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. Kids will appreciate attractions like Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead and Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Moon Marble Company, explore the engaging exhibits at Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City, wander the streets of Park Place, and stroll around Ernie Miller Nature Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Overland Park trip planning website.

Getting from Independence to Overland Park by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Independence, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Overland Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Topeka.

Things to do in Overland Park

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Topeka

— 5 nights
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. Attractions like Evel Knievel Museum and Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Topeka: Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum (in Abilene), Flint Hills Discovery Center (in Manhattan) and Kansas Auto Racing Museum (in Chapman). There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Kansas State Capitol Building, let the kids burn off some steam at Lake Shawnee, view the masterpieces at Phoenix Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of History.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Topeka itinerary tool.

You can drive from Overland Park to Topeka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Overland Park in March, you will find days in Topeka are little chillier (58°F), and nights are much colder (33°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Topeka

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

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.