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Whether you're looking to get out of KCK for the weekend, or just road tripping through eastern Kansas, this loop tour touches iconic Kansas towns and attractions like the University of Kansas, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, and the Kansas State Capitol.
The Sunflower State’s third largest city, Kansas City is located in northeastern Kansas – sharing the border with Kansas City, Missouri.
Found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, Rosedale Arch commemorates the Kansas soldiers of World War I. Constructed in 1923, the Rosedale World War I Memorial Arch replicates the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Enjoy quirky Kansas City with stops at the Boulevard Drive-In Theatre & Swap N' Shop or the Moon Marble Company Store, and grab lunch at the Fritz's Railroad Restaurant or the T-Rex Café.
Found at the Kansas and Missouri rivers confluence, the Lewis & Clark Historic Park at Kaw Point is great for history and outdoor lovers alike. Appropriately set along the Lewis & Clark Heritage Trail, the park is ideal for nature walk and wildlife viewing.
Get on Interstate 70 and head west for 40 miles until you reach Lawrence. Found on the Arkansas River, Lawrence is home to the University of Kansas, and many fun activities.
The University of Kansas features a welcoming campus home to plenty of visitor-friendly sites. Head to KU and check out the Natural History Museum, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the Dole Institute of Politics.
Lawrence also features a unique agritourism scene. Check out area farms like Maggie’s Farm, MJ Ranch, Rolling Prairie, Schaake's Pumpkin Patch, Sundance Emu Ranch, Wakarusa Valley Farm, and the Wild Onion Farm.
Set on the northern shores of Clinton Lake, Clinton State Park is a 1,500-acre park great for fishing, nature viewing, hiking, and cross-country skiing.
Kansas’ Capital City, Topeka is a scenic and historic city home to some of Kansas' most famous landmarks.
History buffs, be sure to see the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site – found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and operated by the National Park Service.
Constructed in 1866, the Kansas State Capitol is topped by its iconic dome, and is found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Kansas Statehouse visitors may tour the facility, admire the many interior murals, and even climb to the top of the dome.
Covering 160 acres, Gage Park is one of the largest and oldest parks in Topeka. The iconic Gage Park features the Topeka Zoo, the Kansas Children's Discovery Center, the Reinisch Rose Garden, and more.
Hop on I-335 and head southwest for 60 miles till you hit Emporia – an education-focused city home to Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College. From there, drive 55 miles northeast to along Interstate 35 to Ottawa.
Historic Downtown Ottawa is the perfect place to stop for lunch, shopping, or just wandering around. Overseen by the Ottawa Main Street Association, downtown Ottawa features event like Uncorked, Cruise Night Downtown, the Ice Cream Festival, and Third Saturdays.
For a touch of small-town kitsch, be sure to the Old Depot Museum, operated by the Franklin County Historical Society. A living and history museum, the Ottawa Railroad Depot itself was built in 1888, and served as the Southern Kansas Railway.
Ottawa is a short drive from Vassar State Park, Carbolyn State Park, Dragoon Recreation Area, and many more parks found on Pomona Lake.
From Ottawa, it’s only 55 miles northeast through Olathe on I-35 until you get back to Kansas City.