28 days in Kansas Itinerary

28 days in Kansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansas travel planner
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Wichita
— 5 nights
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Great Bend
— 3 nights
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Lindsborg
— 4 nights
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Concordia
— 3 nights
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Emporia
— 3 nights
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Lawrence
— 5 nights
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Baxter Springs
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Wichita — 5 nights

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Great Plains Nature Center and Arkansas River Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wichita: Bartlett Arboretum (in Belle Plaine), El Dorado (Walnut River Brewing Company, Kansas Oil Museum, &more) and Eagle Valley Raptor Center (in Cheney).

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Wichita attractions planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Wichita. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Great Bend.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Great Bend — 3 nights

Great Bend is a city in and the county seat of Barton County, Kansas, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Heartland Farm and Cheyenne Bottoms. Get out of town with these interesting Great Bend side-trips: Garden of Eden (in Lucas), Hays (Merci Boxcar & Fort Hays State Historic Site) and World's Largest Czech Egg (in Wilson). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Big Well, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Fidelis Church, and walk around Lemon Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Great Bend visit planning site.

Drive from Wichita to Great Bend in 2 hours. Traveling from Wichita in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 45°F in Great Bend. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lindsborg.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Lindsborg — 4 nights

Lindsborg is a city in McPherson County, Kansas, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coronado Heights and Milford Nature Center & Fish Hatchery. Get out of town with these interesting Lindsborg side-trips: Milford State Park (in Milford), Abilene (Greyhound Hall of Fame, Seelye Mansion, &more) and Kansas Auto Racing Museum (in Chapman). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Wild Dala Horse Herd, look for gifts at The Good Merchant, take an in-depth tour of Lindsborg Old Mill & Swedish Heritage Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Rock City.

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Traveling by car from Great Bend to Lindsborg takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Concordia.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Side Trips

Concordia — 3 nights

Concordia is a city in and the county seat of Cloud County, Kansas, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to National Orphan Train Complex and Alcove Springs. Explore Concordia's surroundings by going to The World's Largest Ball of Sisal Twine (in Cawker City), Pony Express Barn & Museum (in Marysville) and The Geographic Center of the United States (in Lebanon). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia Motherhouse and appreciate the history behind Cloud County Covention & Tourism- Whole Wall Mural.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Concordia trip itinerary website.

Drive from Lindsborg to Concordia in 1.5 hours. October in Concordia sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Emporia.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Side Trips

Emporia — 3 nights

Emporia is a city in and the county seat of Lyon County, Kansas, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like David Traylor Zoo of Emporia and Konza Prairie Research Natural Area. Get out of town with these interesting Emporia side-trips: Council Grove Reservoir (in Council Grove), Manhattan (Manhattan City Park, Kansas State University Gardens, &more) and Chase County Courthouse (in Cottonwood Falls). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Wabaunsee County Historical Society Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Emporia trip builder site.

You can drive from Concordia to Emporia in 3 hours. October in Emporia sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lawrence.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Lawrence — 5 nights

Lawrence is the sixth largest city in the state of Kansas and the county seat of Douglas County, Kansas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ward-Meade Park and C.W. Parker Carousel Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Lawrence: Topeka (Ted Ensley Gardens & Combat Air Museum), Wamego City Park (in Wamego) and Leavenworth (USP Leavenworth, Ft Leavenworth Army Installation, &more). There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Grinter Farms, have some family-friendly fun at Blade & Timber Axe Throwing - Lawrence, see the interesting displays at Booth Family Hall of Athletics, and browse the collection at Lawrence Public Library.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lawrence trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Emporia to Lawrence takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Baxter Springs.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Baxter Springs — 4 nights

Baxter Springs is a city in Cherokee County, Kansas, United States, and located along Spring River. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes and Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baxter Springs: Fort Scott National Cemetery (in Fort Scott), Big Brutus (in West Mineral) and Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo (in Independence). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, make a trip to Old Riverton Store, and look for gifts at Cars on the Route.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Baxter Springs trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Lawrence to Baxter Springs in 3 hours. In October in Baxter Springs, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Kansas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Zoos · History Museums
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.