Top I-70 Roadside Stops in Kansas | Midwest Living

Top I-70 Roadside Stops in Kansas

Follow our guide to find plenty to see and do minutes from Kansas’ 424 miles of Interstate-70. You can explore a wildlife area, step into the past or stretch your legs on a prairie trail.


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    Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure.
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    Cozy Inn, Salina.
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    Kansas State University's campus in Manhattan.
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    Statue at Dwight D. Eisenhower Library & Museum.

JUNCTION CITY/FORT RILEY Wade in or just stretch your legs at Milford Lake, the state’s largest, five miles north of Junction City. The Buffalo Soldier Memorial honors black cavalrymen who rode from Fort Riley to protect the frontier; there’s also a U.S. Cavalry Museum.

MANHATTAN A lookout along K-177 provides expansive views of the 8,600-acre tallgrass prairie and rolling Flint Hills. Follow a short walking trail from the scenic overlook. Or for a longer hike (three, five or six miles) through grasslands, head to the Konza Prairie entrance. Pet millipedes, walking sticks and tarantulas at the Insect Zoo in the Kansas State University Gardens. Fun restaurants and shops, with K-State sweatshirts and other cool stuff to take home, populate the Aggieville business district, a venerable student hang-out next to the campus.

WAMEGO Stroll past Dorothy’s Kansas farm on the way to Munchkinland and the Emerald City at the Oz Museum. More great stops: downtown shops, City Park’s 1879 Dutch windmill, a renovated 1900s opera house in the Columbian Theatre, Museum and Art Center.

PAXICO Antiques dealers pack a onetime general store, former bank and other restored, 19th-century buildings in this tiny hamlet. Slurp a root beer float or ice cream at the Gathering Place. West of town, Wyldewood Cellars Winery creates award-winning elderberry wines.

TOPEKA Look for the two-story-tall Kanza archer topping the copper-patina Capitol dome. Let the kids lead the way on the climb up 296 steps to the cupola balcony. Order an old-fashioned  “green river” at the Potwin Drug Store, part of Old Prairie Town at Ward Meade Historic Site.

LECOMPTON Hear the story of “Bleeding Kansas” at imposing Constitution Hall State Historic Site. Exhibits and, at times, costumed re-enactors take visitors back to the eve of the Civil War, when pro- and anti-slavery forces battled in this area.

LAWRENCE Tap into the college-town vibe in the University of Kansas’ hometown along tree-lined Massachusetts Street. Haskell Cultural Center is a discovery with student and Native American art, just south of downtown. Join summer crowds that converge on Clinton Lake.

BONNER SPRINGS You may need to ask a grandparent to explain what peewees, shooters and jumbos are. A trip to Moon Marble Company introduces kids to the colorful glass balls. Owner Bruce Breslow fires up a torch for marble-making demonstrations. View vintage farm equipment and old-time buildings at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame.



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