38 days in Kansas Itinerary

38 days in Kansas Itinerary

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Fly to Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, Drive to Hutchinson
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Hutchinson
— 4 nights
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Lucas
— 3 nights
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Hays
— 5 nights
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Abilene
— 4 nights
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Fort Scott
— 4 nights
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Louisburg
— 4 nights
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Leavenworth
— 4 nights
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Topeka
— 9 nights
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Hutchinson

— 4 nights
Hutchinson is the largest city and county seat in Reno County, Kansas, United States, and located on the Arkansas River. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Strataca and Cosmosphere. Explore hidden gems such as The Big Well and Grace Hill Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hutchinson: Eagle Valley Raptor Center (in Cheney), Quivira National Wildlife Refuge (in Stafford) and Kansas Wetlands Education Center (in Great Bend). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Cloud County Historical Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Dillon Nature Center, examine the collection at National Orphan Train Complex, and get to know the fascinating history of Ellinwood Underground Tunnels.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hutchinson itinerary maker tool.

New York City to Hutchinson is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hutchinson, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Lucas.

Things to do in Hutchinson

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucas

— 3 nights
Lucas is a city in Russell County, Kansas, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Garden of Eden and Grassroots Art Center. Visiting Rock City and Mushroom Rock State Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to The Geographic Center of the United States (in Lebanon), Fort Harker Museum Complex (in Kanopolis) and The World's Largest Ball of Sisal Twine (in Cawker City). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Bowl Plaza, pause for some photo ops at World's Largest Czech Egg, and immerse yourself in nature at Wilson Reservoir, State Park And Wildlife Area.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hutchinson to Lucas takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hays.

Things to do in Lucas

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hays

— 5 nights
Hays is a city in and the county seat of Ellis County, Kansas, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Fidelis Church and Prairie Museum of Art & History. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fort Hays State Historic Site and Ellis Lakeside Campground. Venture out of the city with trips to Prairie Dog State Park (in Norton), Oakley (Fick Fossil & History Museum & Buffalo Bill Cultural Center) and Castle Rock (in Quinter). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Barbed Wire Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Cheyenne Bottoms, contemplate the long history of Home of Stone, and take an in-depth tour of Boot Hill Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hays trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Lucas to Hays takes 1.5 hours. In July in Hays, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Abilene.

Things to do in Hays

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Abilene

— 4 nights
Abilene is a city in and the county seat of Dickinson County, Kansas, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Heritage Center of Dickinson County and Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. Get in touch with nature at Milford State Park and Council Grove Reservoir. Change things up with these side-trips from Abilene: Junction City (Milford Nature Center & Fish Hatchery & Geary State Fishing Lake amd Wildlife Area) and US Cavalry Museum (in Fort Riley). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum, look for gifts at Russell Stover Candy Company, contemplate the long history of Seelye Mansion, and browse the exhibits of Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad.

Start your trip to Abilene by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Hays to Abilene takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Abilene can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fort Scott.

Things to do in Abilene

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Scott

— 4 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. Get some cultural insight at Fort Scott National Historic Site and Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Elk City State Park and Crawford State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo (in Independence), Miner's Memorial in Immigrant Park (in Pittsburg) and Dalton Defenders Museum (in Coffeyville). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Fort Scott National Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site, and see the interesting displays at Big Brutus.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Fort Scott travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Abilene to Fort Scott by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Abilene in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fort Scott: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Louisburg.

Things to do in Fort Scott

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Louisburg

— 4 nights
Louisburg is a city in Miami County, Kansas, United States. Visiting Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Education Center and La Cygne Lake will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Somerset Ridge Vineyard-Winery and John Brown Museum. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at NightHawk Vineyard & Winery, relax in the rural setting at Louisburg Cider Mill, and examine the collection at Powell Observatory.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisburg trip app.

You can drive from Fort Scott to Louisburg in an hour. In July in Louisburg, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 68°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Leavenworth.

Things to do in Louisburg

Wineries · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Leavenworth

— 4 nights
Leavenworth is the largest city in and the county seat of Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States. C.W. Parker Carousel Museum and Carroll Mansion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ft Leavenworth Army Installation and Richard Allen Cultural Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Atchison (Muchnic Art Gallery, Atchison County Historical Society Museum, &more) and Grinter Farms (in Lawrence). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery, brush up on your military savvy at Frontier Army Museum, browse for treasures at Leavenworth Antique Mall, and stroll the grounds of Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Leavenworth online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Louisburg to Leavenworth takes 1.5 hours. August in Leavenworth sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Topeka.

Things to do in Leavenworth

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Topeka

— 9 nights
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Konza Prairie Research Natural Area and Spencer Museum of Art. Get a sense of the local culture at Evel Knievel Museum and First Presbyterian Church Topeka. Venture out of the city with trips to Bluejacket Crossing Vineyard and Winery (in Eudora), Marysville (Marshall County Historical & Pony Express Barn & Museum) and Lawrence (Booth Family Hall of Athletics, Phoenix Gallery, &more). Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Territorial Capital Museum, browse the exhibits of The Great Overland Station, ponder the world of politics at Kansas State Capitol Building, and steep yourself in history at Ward-Meade Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Topeka trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Leavenworth to Topeka takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Topeka can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Topeka

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.