Drive To 7 Incredible Summer Spots Throughout Kansas On This Scenic Weekend Road Trip
If you are ready for a truly remarkable summer adventure, hop in your car and get going. The Sunflower State is filled with fascinating summer spots that offer something for everyone. Whether you want to jump in the water, go for a hike, watch wildlife, or enjoy some breathtaking views, you don’t have to leave Kansas to find it. Taking you just over 10 hours, here is the ultimate summer spot road trip across the Sunflower State.
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1. Lake Scott State Park, Scott City
Lake Scott State Park is not only stunning, but it has a rich history as well. There are more than 26 different archeological sites discovered in and near the park. If you want to spend some time on the water, Scott State Fishing Lake is a spring-fed lake, perfect for fishing, canoeing, or kayaking. There is also a 1,020-acre park surrounding the lake, which is the ideal location for a picnic lunch or for camping on your weekend road trip.
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2. Monument Rocks Natural Landmark, Oakley
Monument Rocks National Natural Landmarks is one of the eight wonders of Kansas and once you arrive, you'll quickly see why. The incredible formations are not made from actual rocks. Rather, they are chalk formations reaching up to 70 feet high. These formations date back to the Cretaceous Period and this landmark is definitely a destination that must be on every Kansans bucket list.
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3. Mushroom Rock State Park, Brookville
Mushroom Rock State Park is not only the smallest state park in Kansas, it is also one of the most unique. This state park is only 5 acres but it is absolutely fascinating. Mushroom Rock State Park features numerous unique rock formations shaped like . . . you guessed it . . . mushrooms. Explore the short 0.2-mile trail that surrounds the state park to see many of these fascinating rocks.
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4. Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goodard
Get up close and interact with a variety of animals including lemurs, hippos, and rhinos at this summer spot in Kansas. There are more than 500 animals for you to enjoy and you can easily fill your day with animal meet and greets, feedings, and behind-the-scene tours. This is easily one summer destination where you can spend your entire day.
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5. Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Overland Park
When you visit the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, you’ll spend the day in nature. This stunning area is 300-acres and features more than 1,700 species of plants. You can spend the day on one of the many paths, walking through the gorgeous gardens. If you have some extra time, participate in one of the educational programs or explore the Children’s Discovery Garden.
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6. Lake Shawnee, Topeka
Lake Shawnee is a man-made lake in Kansas with every amenity you need for an incredible day in the sun. Grab a kayak or swim in the gorgeous lake. Make sure you plan a visit to Adventure Cove, a floating outdoor playground. The 1,100-acre park surrounding the lake also features the gorgeous Ted Ensley Gardens, a campground, sports complex, and more. To learn more about this remarkable area,
7. Pillsbury Crossing, Manhattan
Pillsbury Crossing is not only absolutely stunning, but this summer spot is part of a historic wagon crossing. When visiting, you’ll often see vehicles crossing the water and individuals of all ages splashing around. It truly is a beautiful place to cool off during the hot summer months. To learn more about Pillsbury Crossing,
Are you ready to head on the ultimate summer spot road trip in Kansas? Are there any destinations in the Sunflower State you would add to this trip? If so, let us know!
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1000 S Hawkins Ln, Goddard, KS 67052, USA
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Pillsbury Crossing, KS 66502, USA
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