From Atchison, it's roughly 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the southeast to Kansas City and 45 miles (72 kilometers) to the southeast to Kansas City.
Even though this region is not a mass-tourist destination, there are plenty of things to discover around. St. Joseph, is 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the southwest, and Leavenworth lies 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the northwest.
While you are staying in Atchison, don't forget to spend a few hours exploring Kansas City. Approximately 40 miles (64 kilometers) away, this regional city is home to Kansas City Memorial Hall, Rosedale Memorial Arch and Kansas City Children's Museum. If your itinerary allows be sure to check out Livestrong Sporting Park, Strawberry Hill Museum and Boulevard Drive-In Theater before returning to Atchison.
Those searching for adrenaline and adventure can get their heart pumping by signing up for a horse riding or hiking adventure.
For those who plan on arriving and departing by plane, it's good to remember that the most convenient major airport is Kansas City International Airport, 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the southeast of Atchison.