Discover Kansas – Itinerary

From Itineraries Midwest Summer 2009 Issue

This sample itinerary can be customized for anytime of the year. See route on map, page 33.

Day One

5 – 6:00 pm
“How About Doin’ Some TIME in Leavenworth”?   The “First City of Kansas”, makes a really fun and unusual mystery tour! Check into an area hotel. A welcome reception is provided and a convict-clad person with a souvenir button that says “I Did TIME in Leavenworth” will greet your group (the button is your passport to get OUT of Leavenworth) plus everyone will have their photo taken behind a Leavenworth jail front.

6 – 8:00 pm
A delicious dinner will be served at the Blue Crab Bistro. Pork Chop, baked sweet potato, vegetable and cheesecake… YUMMY! The “Possum Holler Four” barbershop quartet, dressed in convict outfits singing for your group is quite an entertaining addition to the evening!

Day Two

8 – 9:00 am
Have breakfast at Santa Fe Depot Diner before your day starts.

9 – 11:30 am
Take a guided tour of the Carroll Mansion. Built in 1867, the mansion boasts beautiful stained glass windows and elaborately carved woodwork.  Before you leave the city of Leavenworth, make sure to ride the 1913 restored carousel at the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum.

11:30 – 12:15 pm

Travel southeast to Kansas City & Wyandotte County where the Kansas & Missouri Rivers meet.

12:15 – 1:30 pm
A prehistoric adventure awaits your group at the T-REX Café. Enjoy face-to-face encounters with life-size dinosaurs, hands-on educational activities, and scrumptious food.

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Be a part of the behind-the-scenes world of NASCAR, the IndyCar Series and Kansas Speedway during a group tour of Kansas Speedway. View the track from the President’s Suite or primary Grandstand Seats, learn the background and hear about the fastest finishes in racing.

2:30 – 3:00 pm
Load the motorcoach for a short drive west to Bonner Springs, a city with small town atmosphere and big city attractions.

3 – 4:00 pm
Play an old-fashioned game of marbles at Moon Marble Company Store. The store showcases machine and handmade marbles, plus demonstrations and displays of antique marbles and timeless toys and games.

4 – 5:00 pm
Explore America’s most important industry – agriculture, at the Agricultural Hall of Fame. Find out why honeybees are the worlds smallest farmers, see a collection of antique farm equipment and a turn-of-the-century farm village, enjoy a hayride, ride a miniature train and much more!

5 – 7:30 pm
Journey continues southwest to Lawrence, a historic and culture-rich community. Check into an area hotel and freshen up for dinner. Choose a restaurant and take some time to check out the area shops and galleries.

7:30 – 10:00 pm
Enjoy an evening performance at the Lied Center, Community Theatre or University Theatre.

Day Three

9 – 10:00 am
After breakfast in your hotel, head to Kansas University’s West Campus to the Dole Institute of Politics. With state-of-the-art exhibits, soaring stained-glass American flag — the world’s largest — stirring World Trade Center Memorial and Memory Wall honoring this state’s World War II veterans, this is a must see while in Lawrence.

10:00 – 11:00 am

Board your motorcoach and travel west to Topeka, the capital city of Kansas.

11 – 12:00 pm
Learn the fascinating story of John Steuart Curry’s murals, see the spectacular chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives, gaze upward and view the marble and glass panels of the Capitol dome, during your Kansas State Capitol Tour.

12 – 1:00 pm
Tour the Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site, located on the Oregon Trail, a pioneer village featuring a botanical garden, 1800’s replica log cabin, prairie mansion, Everest Church, Victor schoolhouse, medical offices, plus much more! Be sure to stop at a working soda fountain where cold treats are served.

1 – 2:00 pm
Before you leave town, experience a “Taste of Topeka” at one of the local favorites. From out-of-this world barbecue to authentic world cuisine, you’ll find it all right here!

2 – 3:00 pm
Travel southwest to Emporia, the Front Porch to the Flint Hills,  also the official founding city of Veterans Day! They celebrate their Veterans and history with a full week of events each November.

3 – 4:30 pm
Complete your tour with a Step-On Guide who is sure to wow your group during a driving tour of the city. View many War Memorials, botanical displays and historical sites.

4:30 – 6:00 pm
Travel on to Chanute. Check into an area hotel and the evening is on your own, shop, relax or discover Chanute’s nightly entertainment.

Day Four

10 – 11:30 am
Star the day with a tour of the Safari Museum®, which tells the story of Martin and Osa Johnson who explored Africa, Borneo and the South Seas in the 1920s and 30s. Their photographs and films highlighted an area of the world largely unknown at that time. The museum offers regular showings of Johnson films, a gift store, additional exhibits featuring the rich culture and art of Africa.

11:30 – 12:00 pm
Take a step back in time with a stop in Cardinal Drug Store, home to one of the oldest original soda fountains in Kansas.

12 – 1:00 pm
Your journey is coming close to an end as you travel to Fort Scott, a town that knows its history.

1 – 2:30
The best way to see all the sites and learn the towns’ history is on a narrated Trolley Tour. Step aboard “Dolly the Trolley” and enjoy a comfortable ride. The tour includes the Fort Scott National Historic Site – imagine the sights & sounds of soldiers in daily frontier life, the National Cemetery – one of 14 original national cemeteries, historic homes and mansions, landmarks and more!

For more information on this sample itinerary please contact your tour operator or any of the above advertisers found on pages 28-31 of Itineraries Midwest 2009 Summer Issue.

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