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
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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 Dalton Defenders and Coffeyville History Museum and Rainbow Bridge. Explore Baxter Springs' surroundings by going to Independence (Little House on the Prairie Museum, Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo, &more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum, make a trip to Mater, and stop by Cars on the Route.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Baxter Springs tour site.

Columbus to Baxter Springs is an approximately 7.5-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. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Columbus in November: highs in Baxter Springs hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Fort Scott.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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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. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Scott National Cemetery, then take in the history at Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield, and then learn about winemaking at NightHawk Vineyard & Winery.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fort Scott driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Baxter Springs to Fort Scott takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in November, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Leavenworth.
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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, look for gifts at Moon Marble Company, browse for treasures at Leavenworth Antique Mall, and learn about winemaking at Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery.

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. Alternatively, you can drive. 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.
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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 Ernie Miller Nature Center. Get out of town with these interesting Topeka side-trips: Prairie Fire Winery (in Paxico), Lawrence (Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics & University of Kansas) and Olathe (Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site & Heritage Park). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Combat Air Museum, admire the natural beauty at Ted Ensley Gardens, let little ones run wild at Lake Shawnee, and explore the engaging exhibits at Kansas Children's Discovery Center.

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.
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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 Seelye Mansion. Explore Junction City's surroundings by going to Russell Stover Candy Company (in Abilene) and Wamego City Park (in Wamego). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Milford Nature Center & Fish Hatchery, learn about winemaking at Liquid Art Winery and Estate, walk around Manhattan City Park, 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.
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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 Geographic Center of the United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Concordia: The World's Largest Ball of Sisal Twine (in Cawker City), Pony Express Barn & Museum (in Marysville) and Rock City (in Minneapolis). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at National Orphan Train Complex and take an in-depth tour of WWII German POW Camp.

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. Alternatively, you can drive. 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 drive to Lindsborg.
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Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:

Lindsborg — 3 nights

Lindsborg is a city in McPherson County, Kansas, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Coronado Heights and Lindsborg Old Mill & Swedish Heritage 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: pause for some photo ops at Wild Dala Horse Herd, shop like a local with Small World Gallery, steep yourself in history at Hoglund Dugout, and examine the collection at Kansas Motorcycle Museum.

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

Drive from Concordia to Lindsborg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. 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.
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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 Ellis Lakeside Campground. Get out of town with these interesting Great Bend side-trips: Lucas (Bowl Plaza & Grassroots Art Center), Lemon Park (in Pratt) and World's Largest Czech Egg (in Wilson). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Heartland Farm, get to know the fascinating history of Ellinwood Underground Tunnels, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Fidelis Church, and relax and rejuvenate at spa Rock Haven.

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 drive to Wichita.
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Wichita — 6 nights

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

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. Alternatively, you can drive. 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.
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Kansas travel guide

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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.
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