Kansas | Kansas City

Straddling the Missouri-Kansas state line, KC is the city of jazz, fountains and barbecues.

With more than 200 fountains trickled throughout the city, it's no surprise that KC has earned the nickname, “The City of Fountains.”

Visit the National WW1 museum or have fun with the kids at Legoland Discovery Center. See the majestic landmark Union Station which can provide a full day of fun for all the family.

As one jazz genius put it, “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” And, rest assured, Kansas City has it. From the roaring '20s through the early '40s, jazz reigned supreme in Kansas City. Head to the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District and you’ll see instant proof to the genre's rich KC roots. Then take in The American Jazz Museum for a look into the city's jazz legacy, featuring legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Finally, take in a fierce, late-night jam session at the Mutual Musicians Foundation for the perfect nightcap.

Allow your shopping bags to overflow as much as the city’s fountains. Boutique shops in Westport, brand name favorites at Legends Outlets and antique treasures in the West Bottoms are just a few of the city’s shopping hotspots.

When it comes to great food, Kansas City has made its mark. It’s a scene that embodies the city’s many cultural influences, from indigenous flavour and home-style cooking to fusion foods and beyond. But you cannot leave town without having a KC barbecue – there are over 100 barbecue restaurants to choose from.

Cowboy Days and Indian Ways

Kansas City


Begins and ends in Kansas City.


Year round


• Round trip scheduled flights
• Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
• Accommodations as stated


Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Kansas City. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and take the short drive to Lawrence, where you are based for the first two nights of your stay.
Hotel: The Eldridge


Driving distance: 43Mi/69Km
Playing a crucial role in Kansas’ history, Lawrence is a thriving and unique town. Visit one of the four great museums, stroll the boutique shops or take a drive out of town to Fort Leavenworth, built to protect the Permanent Indian Frontier, the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Alternatively try the 172 acre National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame at Bonner Springs.
Hotel: The Eldridge


Driving distance: 97Mi/160Km
Depart Lawrence for the beautiful Flint Hills as you travel south to Cottonwood Falls. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve showcases the tallgrass prairie ecosystem; perhaps take the seven mile bus tour where narrative is offered about its intricate system of plants and animals, the Flint Hills geology, Native Indians and the legacy of ranching. On your second day, why not take the Overland Wagon Tour, a western adventure highlighting the pioneers of the 1840’s and 1850’s?
Hotel: Grand Central Hotel


Driving distance: 121Mi/194Km
This morning head north on the Flint Hills Scenic Byway to Council Grove, which is designated a National Historic Landmark. En route, make a stop at Lindsborg, filled with unique shops, museums and art galleries. Discover Abilene’s history at the Dickinson County Historical Museum which was also home to President Dwight D Eisenhower and has numerous museums and historic homes open for tours. On your second day, we suggest a circle day trip. First visit Kansas Safari at Rolling Hills Zoo, then head west to Ellsworth, renowned as the ‘wickedest cow town in the west’! The spirit of the Old West is still alive at Drover’s Mercantile, featuring 1870s style clothing. Next take the 16 mile Post Rock Scenic Byway, winding through the beautiful Smoky Hills. In Lucas, don’t miss the Garden of Eden, before making a final stop at Smoky Hills Vineyard.
Hotel: Courtyard Salina Marriott


Driving distance: 81Mi/130Km
Today your journey takes you south to the largest city in Kansas. Wichita is located at the point where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers join together and was named for The Wichita Indians. A dozen museums are scattered throughout the city, or, if you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors you’ll enjoy the 136 municipal parks which cover almost 3,000 acres of the city. Beautifully landscaped, many offer walking and biking trails.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Wichita


Driving distance: 161Mi/258Km
Make an early start to Oklahoma City as there is plenty to keep you entertained. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum features art from the finest contemporary artists in the nation, as well as botanical and natural gardens, a turn of the century western town and American Cowboy and American Rodeo Galleries. On your second day Oklahoma City’s stockyards, the largest feeder cattle market in the world, is a must see.
Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel

DAYS 11, 12 & 13 TULSA

Driving distance: 106Mi/171Km
Today travel the ‘Main Street of America’ Route 66 to Tulsa. Quaint roadside diners, old fashioned service stations and eclectic shops line the route. You may wish to take a day to visit Tahlequah, the end of the Trail of Tears for the eastern Cherokees and the capital of the Cherokee Nation. Visit the Cherokee Heritage Centre and the National Museum and Murrell Home, the only remaining Antebellum Plantation home in Oklahoma. Perhaps call at Fort Gibson en route back to Tulsa, the first army post in the Indian Territory. Once the oil-producing capital of the nation, Tulsa is both an affluent and pretty city. Stroll Cherry Street and the historic shopping district in the heart of town, visit The Gilcrease Museum’s and The Philbrook Museum of Art, which is located in the 1927 Italianate-style mansion of oilman Waite Phillips.
Hotel: The Mayo Hotel


Driving distance: 233Mi/374Km
Your final full day takes you back along Route 66, along the historic Frontier Military Scenic Byway to Fort Scott National Historic Site, a restored 1842 frontier military fort. Before arriving in Overland Park you may choose to visit Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site and Louisburg Cider Mill.
Hotel: Sheraton Overland Park Hotel


Driving distance: 28Mi/45Km
Enjoy your last morning in Overland Park before making the short journey back to Kansas City Airport for your flight back to the UK.


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