Charming Kansas

This 6-day itinerary can be customized for any time of year.

If it’s the Yellow Brick Road or Dorothy Gale you’re looking for, Tour Kansas has the tour for you! Here is just a sample of what these charming communities have to offer you and your groups. This itinerary can easily be arranged as a circle tour of the state. And be sure to also check out Yellow Brick Road Trips!

DAY ONE – Chanute, KS
10:00am – 12:00pm
Start your day off at the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum. This world-class attraction is ranked as Kansas’ number one museum. The Johnsons traveled the world from 1917 to 1936 as documentary filmmakers, photographers, explorers, naturalists, and authors. View award-winning exhibits highlighting the couple’s exciting adventures and take part in educational programs offered throughout the year. A museum gift shop offers unusual and one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs.

12 – 3:00pm
Step back in time with a historic home driving tour. The downtown area is filled with historic buildings, many of which have been restored to their original beauty. Be sure to visit Cardinal Drug Store and enjoy a treat from their old-fashioned soda fountain.

3 – 8:00pm – Fort Scott, KS
Head 60 miles east to Fort Scott and check into your group-friendly hotel. Enjoy dinner at the locally owned Crooner’s Lounge and for some evening entertainment visit Holmtown Pub.

DAY TWO
8 – 10:30am
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Then head over to MuscleCar Station to view classic cars and restoration techniques.

10:30am – 12:30pm
Tour the 1870s Italianate architecture of the Lyons Twin Mansions and enjoy lunch at Nate’s Place. 

12:30 – 2:00pmMerriam, KS
Travel 90 miles north to the town of Merriam. Just minutes from all major metro favorites—including casinos, museums, attractions, restaurants, and shopping—Merriam offers full or half-day itineraries for groups of all ages and interests. 

2 – 4:00pm
Sample the world-famous European dessert bread offered at Strawberry Hill Povitica. Enjoy a free cup of coffee while you learn about Strawberry Hill’s rich cultural heritage during this tour.

4 – 6:00pm – Kansas City, KS
Drive 20 minutes northeast to Kansas City and take a tour of the Moon Marble Company. Watch an artist create handmade marbles and enjoy the displays of antique marble toys as well as other unusual items.

6 – 9:30pm
Experience the red carpet treatment at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway.

After checking into a nearby hotel, you’ll want to dine at one of the casino’s several restaurants—each with its own unique flair.

DAY THREE – Leavenworth, KS
8 – 10:30am
After breakfast, hop onto your motorcoach and travel 30 miles northwest to Leavenworth. Take a guided tour of the “First City of Kansas” and view many historical homes dating all the way back to the 1860s. Be sure to drive by the “Big House”—the United States Federal Penitentiary.

10:30 – 11:30am
Tour the Carroll Mansion. Home of the Leavenworth County Historical Society, this 1867 Victorian home is located on a street once known as “Millionaires Row.”

11:30am – 1:30pm
The historic 1888 Union Depot is now the Riverfront Community Center. Enjoy a catered meal served by the “Harvey Girls.”

1:30 – 3:30pm – Atchison, KS
Head 25 miles northwest to Atchison and take a self-guided tour of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum.

3:30 – 7:00pm
Check into your hotel and relax before dinner. There are several dining options available, and your group can get some shopping and walking in while they’re at it!

DAY FOUR Manhattan, KS
8:00am – 12:00pm
Climb aboard your motorcoach this morning and travel 110 miles west to Manhattan. Your first stop is a tour of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Explore one of the largest veterinary hospitals in the nation and learn how all species of animals are cared for in this state-of-the-art facility.

12 – 2:30pm
Enjoy lunch, then head 65 miles west to Salina.

2:30 – 4:30pm – Salina, KS
Visit the Smoky Hill Museum, where your group will learn about the history and struggles of this region. View a full-size sod dugout and an operating flourmill. The main gallery has changing exhibits every six months. The museum store has lots of Kansas-made items, souvenirs, and books on Kansas’ history – some by local authors. Admission is free!

4:30 – 5:30pm
Check into your group-friendly hotel. Many of Salina’s accommodations offer breakfast, welcome receptions, and baggage handling.

5:30 – 10:00pm
Enjoy dinner followed by evening entertainment. You may want to check out a show at The Stiefel Theatre or a performance at the Salina Community Theatre.

DAY FIVE – Hays, KS
8 – 10:00am
Travel 100 miles west to Hays.

10:00am – 12:00pm
The Fort Hays State University Department of Agriculture offers guided tours by appointment. Operations include: cow/calf beef production, dry land crop production, and dairy cattle production.

12 – 2:00pm
Only four buildings remain at the once very large complex of Fort Hays State Historic Site. This 19th century frontier fort displays items from the Plains Indians and the fort’s military personnel.

2 – 4:00pm
Head 100 miles south to Dodge City.

4 – 9:00pm – Dodge City, KS
Get the heck into Dodge – a true salute to the Old West! Tour the Boot Hill Museum and enjoy a chuck wagon dinner, gunfight reenactment, and variety show. For the group that loves to gamble, stay at Boot Hill Casino & Resort.

DAY SIX – Greensburg, KS
9:00am – 12:00pm
Travel 45 miles east to Greensburg, home of the largest hand dug well. The Big Well is a marvel of early engineering that was completed in 1888 as the town’s original water supply. Descend the spiral staircase into the Big Well and view exhibits featuring Greensburg’s rich history.

12 – 3:00pm
Travel 100 miles southwest to Liberal. Stop for a group lunch along the way and be sure to check out the mile-long artwork.

3 – 5:00pm – Liberal, KS
Welcome to the Land of Oz! Join Dorothy in a guided tour that starts at her farm—a home built in 1907 that has been preserved and restored to reflect the Gale farmhouse in the classic movie The Wizard of Oz. Journey down the Yellow Brick Road and discover 5,000 square feet of excitement. Be sure to visit the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto!

For additional tour ideas or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact Tour Kansas at 913-403-8999 or online at www.tourkansas.org. You may also contact each community directly.

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