8 days in Kansas, Nebraska & Arkansas Itinerary

8 days in Kansas, Nebraska & Arkansas Itinerary

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Topeka
— 1 night
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Kearney
— 1 night
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Wichita
— 1 night
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Bentonville
— 1 night
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Little Rock
— 3 nights
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Topeka

— 1 night
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. On the 24th (Wed), browse the exhibits of Watkins Museum of History and then wander the streets of Massachusetts Street. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museum of History, then examine the collection at OZ Museum, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Flint Hills Discovery Center.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Topeka trip maker app.

Boston to Topeka is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Topeka is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Boston in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Topeka: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kearney.

Things to do in Topeka

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kearney

— 1 night
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museum of Nebraska Art, then see the interesting displays at Classic Car Collection, and then identify plant and animal life at Audubon Rowe Sanctuary.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kearney using our trip planner.

Getting from Topeka to Kearney by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Topeka in March since evenings lows in Kearney dip to 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Wichita.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Wichita

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Old Cowtown Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Wichita Art Museum, and then get curious at Exploration Place.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wichita trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kearney to Wichita takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Kearney in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Wichita: highs are around 61°F and lows about 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bentonville.

Things to do in Wichita

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Bentonville

— 1 night
Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
On the 28th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, take in the history at Pea Ridge National Military Park, explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, then get engrossed in the history at The Walmart Museum, and finally stroll around Bentonville Town Square.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bentonville day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wichita to Bentonville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Bentonville are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Little Rock.

Things to do in Bentonville

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Little Rock

— 3 nights

The Rock

Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old State House Museum and Heifer Village (Heifer International). Get some cultural insight at Esse Purse Museum & Store and Historic Arkansas Museum. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, don't miss a visit to River Rail Electric Streetcar, listen to music at Arkansas Arts Center, and pause for some photo ops at Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Little Rock online tour planner.

Getting from Bentonville to Little Rock by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Little Rock

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kansas travel guide

4.3
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.

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
Aquariums · Shopping · History Museums
The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
State Parks · Art Museums · Historic Sites
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.