If ever there was a calling to “Go west!” and discover places you’ve never visited, it’s a Kansas road trip on KS I-70 from Abilene to Goodland. The best part for you? You don’t have to do the research – I’ve done it for you. Carve out some vacation time, fuel up the car, and GO. You don’t have to search for what makes Kansas great. It’s right here in these towns. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
There’s nothing better than a road trip. Packing the snacks. Loading the bags into the car. The anticipation of taking to the open road.
The only thing left to do is set the car on cruise control along KS I-70 from Junction City to Kansas City, Kansas. I’ve made the planning easy. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
Good things are happening in Goodland. Having never visited this western Kansas town, I was shocked at how much it had to offer. Established in 1887, it continues to offer residents and visitors fabulous options for entertainment. On any given day, you can experience magnificent art, museum tours, and an updated downtown scene. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
No two Kansas towns are alike, and Colby is definitely one-of-a-kind. I was excited for an afternoon of exploring having heard only good things about The Oasis on the Plains. I turned off of KS I-70 at Exit 54 to check it out for myself.
Colby’s Visitor’s Center (350 S. Range Road, Suite 10) is quite the sight. A grain bin is part of its architectural design, a nod to the progressive agricultural community. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the town’s longtime residents who worked there. Ralph was a wealth of knowledge about the town’s history. We talked for at least an hour. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
The western Kansas town of Oakley is a haven for fun things to do. My road trip on KS I-70 led me to Exits 70 and 76 where attractions like the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center and Fick Fossil Museum promised a day of fun. But before I could focus on the town’s history, I needed something to eat. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
Driving into WaKeeney, I wondered why a small rural town of its size would call itself “The Christmas City of the High Plains.” Within minutes I was parked directly in front of an archway that read “North Pole.” Wooden cutouts of holiday trees and figurines sat in a courtyard surrounded by murals painted with Christmas scenes. It may have been a sweltering 99-degree summer day in Kansas, but it certainly conjured up thoughts of winter. I thought, “Why does this town love Christmas so much?” Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
A one-time wild frontier town known for its colorful history and Volga German heritage, Hays, Kansas offers today’s visitors a glimpse into the past and modern experiences for travelers passing along KS I-70. You’re guaranteed to enjoy your stay in Hays. I discovered that there is more than enough to do. I squeezed a lot in my itinerary during an overnight stay. In fact, you may just want to spend an entire weekend touring the small town’s attractions, dining options, and historic landmarks. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
When Kansas I-70 Association asked me if I wanted to take to the road to tell the story of Western Kansas, I was all in. They wanted me to explore multiple rural towns. My only question was “When do I leave?” My first assignment was to gas up the car and head to Russell County and capture the people and places that make it a bucket list destination. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
What’s not to love about Salina, Kansas? The downtown district is renewed, the arts scene is vibrant, and the entertainment and dining options abound! The community has everything you’re looking for and more in a Midwest town. I suggest you plan an overnight stay to see many of Salina’s best attractions. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
Abilene, Kansas offers visitors a multitude of places to explore that celebrate its history. Voted the Most Beautiful Small Town in Kansas by House Beautiful (2020), it deserves the recognition. From the American flags lining Buckeye Avenue to the museum honoring U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the restored downtown buildings, Abilene proudly represents small-town America. Take Exit 272 from KS I-70 to experience the award-winning town for an afternoon or overnight stay. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
Junction City in Geary County deserves a closer look. Exit from KS I-70 to discover its proud military heritage, outdoor recreation, and visit-worthy attractions. A 25-minute drive from Manhattan and only an hour from Topeka, it is nestled in the beautiful Flint Hills of North Central Kansas. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
The more time I spend in Manhattan, the more I love it. The college town, home to Kansas State University, has what seems to be an endless list of things to do ranging from outdoor recreation to indoor dining.
There is a reason they refer to the town as “Manhappening,” a sensibility you come to understand quickly. I was thankful to be asked to return to town to explore places on my travel bucket list. But first, I needed to check into the newest hotel in the central business district, Aggieville. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
Topeka, Kansas is a city that intrigues me. It’s a metropolis of doers, makers, and creative people. Its attractions reflect a spirit of progress. I was impressed by its eclectic arts scene, restaurant options, and historical museums. When given the chance to Exit I-70 to Topeka and stay overnight, do it. You won’t be disappointed. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
One aspect of travel that motivates me to take to the road is to learn about an area’s history. Take Exit 197 from Kansas I-70 to Lecompton, Kansas and you have arrived at the Birthplace of the Civil War and the Territorial Capital of Kansas from 1855-1861.
Located between Topeka and Lawrence, the quaint town is home to a friendly community that welcomes tourists interested in learning about its impact on American history. In addition to historical buildings and tours, travelers will appreciate the downtown area for its charming small businesses. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
As a University of Kansas graduate, Lawrence is like a home away from home for me. I was thrilled when I was invited to return to town to highlight the campus from a tourist’s perspective. KU has a long list of attractions that make it unique and worth checking out, from museums and eateries to sports arenas and historical landmarks. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
Have you ever driven into a town for the first time and instantly fell in love with it? Bonner Springs, Kansas won me over for its small-town charm and big-city attractions. Located off of KS I-70 Exit 224, the community promises visitors a warm welcome and a multitude of things to do. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love Shawnee, Kansas. No matter what you’re looking for in a city, they’ve got it. Voted one of the “Best Small Cities in America,” you definitely want to experience it.
My travel itinerary was long, but I was determined to hit as many places on it as I could. Shopping downtown? Check. A tour of a historic theatre? Check. Drinking wine in a castle? Don’t mind if I do. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
Leavenworth is the ideal choice for an overnight stay to explore the state’s history and appreciate modern attractions. From breakfast time until long after the sun goes down, the northeastern Kansas town has more than enough entertaining things to do including shopping, dining, and strolling the historic district. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.
Kansas City, Kansas is a go-to destination for culturally diverse attractions, big-city shopping, and restaurants worthy of the all-star status. At the final stop on my Kansas I-70 road trip, I was eager to search out the top things to do in the city. Read Vanessa’s full blog here.