30 days in Kansas Itinerary

30 days in Kansas Itinerary

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Fly to Joplin Regional Airport, Drive to Baxter Springs
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Baxter Springs
— 2 nights
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Fort Scott
— 2 nights
Drive
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Leavenworth
— 3 nights
Drive
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Topeka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Junction City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Concordia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lindsborg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Great Bend
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wichita
— 6 nights
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Baxter Springs

— 2 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 Rainbow Bridge and Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum. Explore Baxter Springs' surroundings by going to Dalton Defenders Museum (in Coffeyville) and Independence (Little House on the Prairie Museum, Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo, &more). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Cars on the Route, make a trip to Mater, and get engrossed in the history at Galena Mining & Historical Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Baxter Springs vacation website.

Columbus to Baxter Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Columbus to Baxter Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Columbus in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Baxter Springs, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Scott.

Things to do in Baxter Springs

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Fort Scott

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): examine the collection at Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, take in the history at Fort Scott National Historic Site, and then see the interesting displays at Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Scott National Cemetery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site, and then learn about winemaking at NightHawk Vineyard & Winery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Fort Scott trip planner.

Traveling by car from Baxter Springs to Fort Scott takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Fort Scott are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Leavenworth.

Things to do in Fort Scott

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Leavenworth

— 3 nights
Leavenworth is the largest city in and the county seat of Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ft Leavenworth Army Installation and Buffalo Soldier Memorial Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Leavenworth: Grinter Farms (in Lawrence) and Atchison (International Forest of Friendship & Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, do a tasting at Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery, browse for treasures at Leavenworth Antique Mall, and stop by Moon Marble Company.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Leavenworth online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Fort Scott to Leavenworth in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in November, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Topeka.

Things to do in Leavenworth

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Topeka

— 4 nights
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Booth Family Hall of Athletics and Ted Ensley Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Topeka side-trips: Olathe (Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site, Ernie Miller Nature Center, &more), Lawrence (Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics & University of Kansas) and Prairie Fire Winery (in Paxico). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Combat Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Spencer Museum of Art, explore the engaging exhibits at Kansas Children's Discovery Center, and let little ones run wild at Lake Shawnee.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Topeka trip builder.

Drive from Leavenworth to Topeka in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Topeka are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Junction City.

Things to do in Topeka

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Junction City

— 3 nights
Junction City is a city and county seat of Geary County, Kansas, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Konza Prairie Research Natural Area and Kansas State University Gardens. Explore Junction City's surroundings by going to Wamego City Park (in Wamego) and Russell Stover Candy Company (in Abilene). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Milford Nature Center & Fish Hatchery, steep yourself in history at Seelye Mansion, do a tasting at Liquid Art Winery and Estate, and admire the majestic nature at Milford State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Junction City trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Topeka to Junction City in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in November, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Concordia.

Things to do in Junction City

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Fun & Games

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 Cloud County Covention & Tourism- Whole Wall Mural and The World's Largest Ball of Sisal Twine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Concordia: Pony Express Barn & Museum (in Marysville), The Geographic Center of the United States (in Lebanon) and Rock City (in Minneapolis). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at National Orphan Train Complex and take an in-depth tour of Cloud County Historical Museum.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Concordia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Junction City to Concordia takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Concordia are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lindsborg.

Things to do in Concordia

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Lindsborg

— 3 nights
Lindsborg is a city in McPherson County, Kansas, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Coronado Heights and Kansas Motorcycle Museum. Explore Lindsborg's surroundings by going to Fort Harker Museum Complex (in Kanopolis) and Mushroom Rock State Park (in Marquette). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at The Good Merchant, shop like a local with Small World Gallery, steep yourself in history at Hoglund Dugout, and get engrossed in the history at Mcpherson County Old Mill Museum.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lindsborg trip planner.

Drive from Concordia to Lindsborg in 1.5 hours. In November in Lindsborg, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Great Bend.

Things to do in Lindsborg

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Great Bend

— 3 nights
Great Bend is a city in and the county seat of Barton County, Kansas, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cheyenne Bottoms and World's Largest Czech Egg. Get out of town with these interesting Great Bend side-trips: Lemon Park (in Pratt), Lucas (Bowl Plaza & Grassroots Art Center) and St. Fidelis Church (in Victoria). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Heartland Farm, get to know the fascinating history of Ellinwood Underground Tunnels, indulge in some personalized pampering at spa Rock Haven, and stroll through Ellis Lakeside Campground.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Great Bend day trip site.

Traveling by car from Lindsborg to Great Bend takes 1.5 hours. In November in Great Bend, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Wichita.

Things to do in Great Bend

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Wichita

— 6 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wichita Art Museum and Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Wichita: Walnut River Brewing Company (in El Dorado), Grace Hill Winery (in Whitewater) and Eagle Valley Raptor Center (in Cheney).

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Wichita trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Great Bend to Wichita takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Wichita

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Kansas travel guide

4.3
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.