8 days in Kansas Itinerary

8 days in Kansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansas trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Wichita
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Bend
— 1 night
Drive
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Junction City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lawrence
— 2 nights
Drive to Kansas City International Airport, Fly to Austin Bergstrom International Airport

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Wichita

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Sedgwick County Zoo and then look for all kinds of wild species at Great Plains Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Old Town, explore the world behind art at Wichita Art Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arkansas River Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Wichita trip planner.

Austin to Wichita is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Austin in May; daily highs in Wichita reach 77°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Great Bend.

Things to do in Wichita

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Trails

Great Bend

— 1 night
Great Bend is a city in and the county seat of Barton County, Kansas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Brit Spaugh Zoo, then identify plant and animal life at Cheyenne Bottoms, and then don't miss a visit to Great Bend Courthouse.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Bend trip site.

Traveling by car from Wichita to Great Bend takes 2 hours. May in Great Bend sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Junction City.

Things to do in Great Bend

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your trip

Junction City

— 3 nights
Junction City is a city and county seat of Geary County, Kansas, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Konza Prairie Research Natural Area and Rock City. Family-friendly places like Kansas State University Insect Zoo and Kansas State University Gardens will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Maxwell Wildlife Refuge in Canton (about 1h 5 min away). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Milford Nature Center & Fish Hatchery, stroll around Manhattan City Park, and admire the majestic nature at Milford State Park.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Junction City online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Great Bend to Junction City in 2 hours. In May in Junction City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Lawrence.

Things to do in Junction City

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Lawrence

— 2 nights
Lawrence is the sixth largest city in the state of Kansas and the county seat of Douglas County, Kansas. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): tee off at Firekeeper Golf Course and then examine the collection at Combat Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Education Center, and then take a stroll through Massachusetts Street.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lawrence trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Junction City to Lawrence by car takes about 1.5 hours. June in Lawrence sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lawrence

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Golf

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.