Mini Vacation Ideas in Kansas

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Kansas offers several mini vacation destinations.
Kansas offers several mini vacation destinations. (Image: USA states series: Kansas. Political map with counties image by Stasys Eidiejus from Fotolia.com)

If you're looking for a get-away close to home in Kansas, several tempting destinations await you. A variety of museums, zoos, gardens, and recreational activities can be found throughout the state.

Dodge City

Experience wild west frontier life when you visit the historic buildings and living history activities in this famed frontier town in southwest Kansas. Visit the Boot Hill Museum and other attractions, including a bison range, zoo, Dalton Gang hideout, air museum, and Wizard of Oz attraction.

Wichita

In Wichita, in south central Kansas, you can visit a hands-on exploratory museum, a nationally renowned zoo, botanical gardens, a living history museum and a natural history museum. A world-class space museum awaits you in nearby Hutchinson.

Manhattan

A trip to northeast Kansas provides the opportunity to experience Kansas State University in Mahattan, several museums, a zoo, KSU gardens, a historic shopping district, and hiking in the Flint Hills. Nearby attractions include the Eisenhower Presidential Library/Museum in Abilene and the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka.

Kansas City

Highlights of a vacation in eastern Kansas including this border city could include the Kansas Speedway, Fort Leavenworth, a children's farmstead, a stagecoach stop, a water park and Amelia Earhart's birthplace or Kansas University in nearby Lawrence. Botanical gardens, a contemporary art museum, a mission site and a carousel museum round out metro area choices.

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