9 days in Kansas Itinerary

9 days in Kansas Itinerary

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Emporia
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Dodge City
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Wichita
— 3 nights
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Abilene
— 3 nights
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Ottawa
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Emporia

Emporia is a city in and the county seat of Lyon County, Kansas, United States. On the 27th (Mon), meet the residents at David Traylor Zoo of Emporia and then steep yourself in history at Chase County Courthouse.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Emporia trip planner.

Kansas City to Emporia is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In May, daytime highs in Emporia are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dodge City.

Things to do in Emporia

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

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Dodge City

— 1 night
Dodge City is the county seat of Ford County, Kansas, United States, named after nearby Fort Dodge. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Cowboy Statue On Boot Hill, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Trail Tracks, then get engrossed in the history at Boot Hill Museum, and finally hike along Dodge City Trail of Fame.

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Getting from Emporia to Dodge City by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Dodge City can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Wichita.

Things to do in Dodge City

Trails · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Wichita

— 3 nights
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Cowtown Museum and Museum of World Treasures. Escape the urban bustle at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Bartlett Arboretum. Change things up with a short trip to Strataca in Hutchinson (about 50 minutes away).

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wichita route builder.

Getting from Dodge City to Wichita by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Dodge City in May, Wichita is a bit warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Abilene.

Things to do in Wichita

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Abilene

— 3 nights
Abilene is a city in and the county seat of Dickinson County, Kansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Greyhound Hall of Fame, get engrossed in the history at Heritage Center of Dickinson County, examine the collection at Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kansas Auto Racing Museum, and finally stop by Russell Stover Candy Company. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rolling Hills Zoo, shop like a local with Courtyard Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Seelye Mansion, and finally examine the collection at Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Abilene journey maker website.

You can drive from Wichita to Abilene in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Abilene sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 53°F at night. You'll set off for Ottawa on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Abilene

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Ottawa

— 1 night
Ottawa is a city in, and the county seat of, Franklin County, Kansas, United States. On the 3rd (Mon), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then stroll around Heritage Park.

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Traveling by car from Abilene to Ottawa takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Abilene, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ottawa, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ottawa

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Museums

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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.