28 days in Kansas Itinerary

28 days in Kansas Itinerary

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28 days in Kansas Itinerary

Start: Wichita
1
Wichita
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Great Bend
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Lindsborg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Concordia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Emporia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Lawrence
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Baxter Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Wichita

5
nights
Wichita

Wichita ©
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Great Plains Nature Center and Chapin Dog Park. Explore Wichita's surroundings by going to El Dorado (Walnut River Brewing Company, Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum, & more), Eagle Valley Raptor Center (in Cheney) and Bartlett Arboretum (in Belle Plaine). The adventure continues: trek along Arkansas River Trail, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Hopping Gnome Brewery, browse for treasures at Paramount Antique Mall, and see the interesting displays at Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Wichita trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Wichita. October in Wichita sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Great Bend.

Things to do in Wichita

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

El Dorado, Derby, Hubbles Rubble, Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, Bartlett Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
Great Plains Nature Center ©
Great Plains Nature Center
Veterans' Memorial Park ©
Veterans' Memorial Park
Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House ©
Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House

3
nights
Great Bend

Great Bend ©
Great Bend is a city in and the county seat of Barton County, Kansas, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Heartland Farm and The Big Well. Explore Great Bend's surroundings by going to World's Largest Czech Egg (in Wilson), Hays (Merci Boxcar & Fort Hays State Historic Site) and Garden of Eden (in Lucas). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cheyenne Bottoms, stroll around Lemon Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Fidelis Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Great Bend trip builder app .

You can drive from Wichita to Great Bend in 2 hours. Traveling from Wichita in October, Great Bend is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lindsborg.

Things to do in Great Bend

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hays, St. Fidelis Church, Lemon Park, The Big Well, World's Largest Czech Egg
Highlights from your plan
Garden of Eden ©
Garden of Eden
Lemon Park ©
Lemon Park
St. Fidelis Church ©
St. Fidelis Church

4
nights
Lindsborg

Lindsborg ©
Lindsborg is a city in McPherson County, Kansas, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Coronado Heights and Seelye Mansion. Change things up with these side-trips from Lindsborg: Milford Nature Center & Fish Hatchery (in Junction City), Abilene (Greyhound Hall of Fame & Heritage Center of Dickinson County) and Milford State Park (in Milford). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Rock City, look for gifts at The Good Merchant, take in the exciting artwork at SculptureTour Salina, and pause for some photo ops at Wild Dala Horse Herd.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lindsborg trip tool .

Drive from Great Bend to Lindsborg in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Lindsborg can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Concordia.

Things to do in Lindsborg

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Abilene, Salina, Milford State Park, Milford Nature Center & Fish Hatchery, Kansas Auto Racing Museum
Highlights from your plan
Greyhound Hall of Fame ©
Greyhound Hall of Fame
Coronado Heights ©
Coronado Heights
Mcpherson County Old Mill Museum ©
Mcpherson County Old Mill Museum

3
nights
Concordia

Concordia ©
Concordia is a city in and the county seat of Cloud County, Kansas, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like National Orphan Train Complex and The World's Largest Ball of Sisal Twine. Explore Concordia's surroundings by going to Alcove Springs (in Blue Rapids), The Geographic Center of the United States (in Lebanon) and Pony Express Barn & Museum (in Marysville). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia Motherhouse and appreciate the history behind Cloud County Covention & Tourism- Whole Wall Mural.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Concordia trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lindsborg to Concordia takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Concordia are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Emporia.

Things to do in Concordia

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The World's Largest Ball of Sisal Twine, The Geographic Center of the United States, Pony Express Barn & Museum, Alcove Springs
Highlights from your plan
National Orphan Train Complex ©
National Orphan Train Complex
The World's Largest Ball of Sisal Twine ©

3
nights
Emporia

Emporia ©
Emporia is a city in and the county seat of Lyon County, Kansas, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to David Traylor Zoo of Emporia and Council Grove Reservoir. Explore Emporia's surroundings by going to Konza Prairie Research Natural Area (in Junction City), Chase County Courthouse (in Cottonwood Falls) and Manhattan (Manhattan City Park, Kansas State University Gardens, & more). There's more to do: examine the collection at Wabaunsee County Historical Society Museum.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Emporia vacation app .

Traveling by car from Concordia to Emporia takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Emporia can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lawrence.

Things to do in Emporia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Manhattan, Council Grove Reservoir, Wabaunsee County Historical Society Museum, Konza Prairie Research Natural Area, Chase County Courthouse
Highlights from your plan
David Traylor Zoo of Emporia ©
David Traylor Zoo of Emporia
Kansas State University Gardens ©
Kansas State University Gardens
Manhattan City Park ©
Manhattan City Park

5
nights
Lawrence

Lawrence ©
Lawrence is the sixth largest city in the state of Kansas and the county seat of Douglas County, Kansas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to KU Natural History Museum and Blade & Timber Axe Throwing - Lawrence. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lawrence: Leavenworth (USP Leavenworth, Ft Leavenworth Army Installation, & more), Wamego City Park (in Wamego) and Topeka (Ted Ensley Gardens, Combat Air Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Booth Family Hall of Athletics, contemplate the long history of Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Kansas, and view the masterpieces at Phoenix Gallery.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Lawrence trip planner.

Drive from Emporia to Lawrence in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Lawrence are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Baxter Springs.

Things to do in Lawrence

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leavenworth, Topeka, Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, Wamego City Park
Highlights from your plan
Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics ©
Booth Family Hall of Athletics ©
Booth Family Hall of Athletics

4
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 Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo and Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Baxter Springs side-trips: Big Brutus (in West Mineral), Fort Scott (Fort Scott National Cemetery & Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes) and Gary's Garage Museum (in Caney). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, make a trip to Old Riverton Store, and stop by Cars on the Route.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Baxter Springs travel route builder site .

Getting from Lawrence to Baxter Springs by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Baxter Springs are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Baxter Springs

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Fort Scott, Galena, Gary's Garage Museum, Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, Dalton Defenders Museum
Highlights from your plan
Big Brutus ©
Big Brutus
Fort Scott National Cemetery
Fort Scott National Cemetery

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