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Many of our clients have expressed a desire to explore more of these spectacular countries by car, either before or after their ranch/estancia or riding safari stay. With this in mind we have many itineraries as well as much local knowledge of the area so that we can tailor your itinerary to your specific requirements.

We can reserve all your needs from car hire to hotels as well as provide a personal itinerary with mileage, guides, maps etc.

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Self Drive Itineraries in Kansas

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Kansas Option 1

Day 1 & 2 :: Kansas City/Overland Park – Leavenworth – Atchison – Kansas City/Overland Park

The Kansas City “area” is dynamic and offers hundreds of interesting things to do – A few recommendations are – Arabia Steamboat Museum, American Royal Museum, Hallmark Visitors Center, National Agriculture Center, Village West & Legends Outlet shopping, Country Club Plaza, Louisburg Cider Mill, Mahaffie Stage Coach Stop, and Legler Barn Museum.  Drive north on the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway toward Fort Leavenworth and Atchison. Fort Leavenworth played an important role in keeping the peace among the various Indian tribes and the increasing number of settlers heading west. By the 1840s, thousands of wagons passed through Fort Leavenworth on the way to the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Visit the Buffalo Soldier Monument and Frontier Military Museum at Fort Leavenworth before continuing north to the quaint town Atchison. The Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum is operated by The Ninety-Nines, Inc, an international organization of women pilots that Earhart helped found in 1929. Adjacent to the Santa Fe Depot, the Atchison Rail features an outdoor collection of rail cars and is available for exterior viewing throughout the year. Benedictine monks established St. Benedict’s Abbey in the late 1850s. About 40 monks reside at the abbey and gather three times a day for common prayer and unique frescoes. Stay 2 nights in Kansas City.

Day 3 :: Kansas City/Overland Park – Topeka – Abilene, Salina

Guide tours interpret the beautiful State Capitol in Topeka. The Kansas State Historical Museum offers an excellent overview of the significant  role Kansas plays in American history. Abilene is the end of the famous Chisholm Trail and the childhood home of President Dwight E Eisenhower. Here you will find the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, the Seelye Mansion, and the Bow Studio & Gallery. In Salina have some local wine at the Smoky Hill Vineyard & Winery Overnight Salina.

Day 4 :: Salina – McPherson – Wichita

Win a Western belt buckle by visiting the 10-sites of this self-guided tour. Sites include: Old Cowtown Museum and the Diamond W Wranglers Chuckwagon Supper, Mid-America All-Indian Center Museum, Keeper of the Plains River Walk, Charles M. Russell Gallery, Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, North American Prairie Exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo, Chisholm Trail Exhibit at the Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Buffalo Bill Monument & Gravesite, and Sheplers The World’s Largest Western Store. Old Town is a restored brick industrial area that is now filled with restaurants, night clubs, and shops. Overnight Wichita.

Day 5 :: Wichita – Council Grove – Cottonwood Falls

Get an early start and head north to Council Grove on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. where the entire city has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is rich in Santa Fe Trail, Native American Indian and pioneer history. The self-guided tour takes you to 24 historic sites. The Hays House 1857 Restaurant & Tavern is a great choice for lunch before departing for the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the only unit of the National Park System dedicated to the Tallgrass Prairie ecosystem. Continue south to Cottonwood Falls. Overnight Cottonwood Falls.

Day 6 & 7 :: Cottonwood Falls – Lawrence

Depart for Lawrence, now a thriving and unique community, rating among the top fifteen in The 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America.  Spend your day visiting one of the four great museums on the grounds of the University of Kansas – all offering free admission, or shop the seven-blocks of boutique shops on Massachusetts Street in an eclectic vibrant university downtown with restaurants, pubs and live music on every corner. Overnight Lawrence.

Day 8

Return to Kansas City for your flight home.

Kansas Option 2

Day 1 & 2 :: Wichita

Wichita, Kansas’ largest city, is right in the heart of the United States and right at the point where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers join together. The Wichita Indians, who lived in this area, gave our city its historic name. The Wichita Western Heritage Tour allows travelers to win a Western belt buckle by visiting the 10-sites of this self-guided tour. Sites include: Old Cowtown Museum and the Diamond W Wranglers Chuckwagon Supper, Mid-America All-Indian Center Museum, Keeper of the Plains River Walk, Charles M. Russell Gallery, Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, North American Prairie Exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo, Chisholm Trail Exhibit at the Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Buffalo Bill Monument & Gravesite, and Sheplers The World’s Largest Western Store. Old Town is a restored brick industrial area that is now filled with restaurants, night clubs, and shops.Overnight Wichita

Day 3 :: Wichita – Yoder – Hutchinson

The quaint Amish village of Yoder is home to the unique Carriage Crossing Restaurant a great place for a late breakfast or early lunch. See Country Traditions for handmade Amish quilts.  Your afternoon can be spent visiting the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, a world-class space museum affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution featuring the largest collection of U.S. space artifacts outside of the National Air and Space Museum and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts in the Western world. The Kansas Underground Salt Museum exhibits are in an environment like no other–650 feet beneath the Kansas prairie in a working salt mine. Here, in safe and climate-controlled surroundings, the intriguing and timeless story of salt is told from a global perspective. Overnight Hutchinson.

Day 4 ::Hutchinson – Great Bend

The 77-mile Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway connects two of the world’s most significant natural wetlands-Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Abundant wildlife makes the 60,000 acres of wetlands host millions of migrating birds each year and a favorite for wildlife viewers & photographers. Bring your binoculars and watch for the more than 300 bird species. Though impressive any time of year, bird numbers explode in spring and fall, when millions of migrating birds rest and refuel at Byway wetlands. Watch, too, for the region’s many mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, from burrowing owls and bobcats to painted turtles and milk snakes. Overnight Great Bend.

Day 5 & 6 :: Great Bend – Fort Larned – Dodge City

Head southwest to Pawnee Rock State Historic Site, one of the top known natural features along the Santa Fe Trail. One of the best-preserved frontier military posts in the American West, as well as on the entire Santa Fe Trail is the 44-acre Fort Larned National Historic Site, known as the Guardian of the Santa Fe Trail. An important military post established to protect travelers, American Indians, and commerce on the Santa Fe Trail between 1859-1878. There are many self-guided or guided/narrated walking tours given by the National Park Service. Continue to Dodge City. Overnight Dodge City. Dodge City is a pure definition of the West, starting out as a campsite along the Santa Fe Trail. From 1821 to 1886 cowboys driving cattle up the Chisholm Trail named Dodge City the “Queen of Cowtowns”. Lawlessness reigned, creating the need for a burial place…Boot Hill Cemetery. Dodge City was known as the “wickedest little city in the west” during the 1870s and 1880s. Notable lawmen such as Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp became legends in their own time as they fought to establish law and order on the streets of Dodge City. Today, travelers can experience the boardwalk of Front Street at Boot Hill Museum. Daily activities include chuck-wagon dinner, gunfight re-enactments, and the Long Branch Variety Show. This western history village museum is located on the original site of Boot Hill Cemetery in downtown Dodge City.  The Dodge City Trolley will introduce you to all the interesting sites, including the Santa Fe Trail Ruts located west of town on Hwy 50, and the huge cattle feedlots. You are in beef country — we suggest trying one of their great steakhouses for dinner. Overnight Dodge City

Day 7

Return to Wichita for your flight home.

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