Midwest Living Review
Fort Leavenworth offers visitors a half day of living history spanning pioneer days to the fort's role today as a tactical training facility for top brass worldwide. Founded in 1827, Fort Leavenworth is the nation's third oldest continuously active fort and the oldest fort west of the Appalachian Mountains. Because this is the real deal -- right down to armed guards at the spiked gate -- be prepared to show a driver's license photo ID and pop your trunk for inspection (free admission). Drive through the tree-shaded grounds of Missouri River bluffs past landmark brick homes built between 1834 and 1904. Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Colin Powell and David Petraeus resided here. International military leaders attend the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. See a section of the Berlin Wall near the stirring Buffalo Soldier Monument commemorating black cavalry and infantry regiments who protected frontier settlers. The Frontier Army Museum's exhibits display weapons, uniforms, Custer's sleigh and a 1917 Jenny biplane ($4 donation requested). Our favorite fort experiences include the Leavenworth Historic Wayside Tour sites; wagon-rutted swales of the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails; and Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, one of the first 10 war veterans' cemeteries established by President Abraham Lincoln.