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Topeka, KS
Travel Guide

The capital of Kansas played a key role in American history. Today it’s known for outdoor adventures including hiking, biking and camping across its vast landscape.

Topeka is at the center of Kansas, America’s heartland of prairies and wheat fields, but there’s more to the laidback city than rolling countryside. The capital of Kansas fascinates with its museums, activities, retail settings and decisive part in the battle for civil rights.

Go to the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site. This interactive museum inside Monroe Elementary School commemorates the 1954 ruling that ended segregation in public schools in the USA. See Civil War battle flags and an 1868 locomotive at the Kansas Museum of History. Tour Great Overland Station for insights into Topeka’s railroad heritage.

Visit some of the city’s historic neighborhoods. Appreciate the Victorian-style homes at Potwin Place. Admire the 1920s and 1930s Italian Renaissance-style properties in Westboro. For a look at some of the city’s oldest residences, take a look throught Holiday Park, which dates back to the turn of the 20th century.

Topeka’s flat plains and farmlands provide the setting for numerous outdoor pursuits. Go walking, hiking and biking along the forested trails of the Kaw River State Park. Sail across Lake Shawnee and camp out in the park that surrounds it.

Experience the life of a prairie pioneer at Old Prairie Town, a collection of 19th-century buildings at Ward-Meade Park. This 5.5 acre (2.2 hectare) pioneer village has a restored 1870 Victorian Mansion, an 1854 replica log cabin, town square and an 1891 school house. Visit the town’s two-story reproduction of a drug store and enjoy a cold drink from its working soda fountain. Jump back into the modern world with some 21st-century shopping at the 1.1 million-square-foot (102,000-square meter) West Ridge Mall.

Take the family on a day of activities at Gage Park. The 160-acre (64-hectare) park is home to numerous attractions. Travel on the mini-train, ride the vintage 1908 carousel, see apes, jungle cats and alligators at its zoo, and enjoy the sights and smells of about 400 rose varieties at Reinisch Rose Garden. Let the children press buttons, pull levers and play games at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center.

Topeka is located 64.5 miles (104 kilometers) west of Kansas City on the Interstate 70. Get around the relatively small center by bus or taxi. Rent a car to see the countryside that Kansas is known for.

Where to stay in Topeka

Top Hotels in Topeka

Hyatt Place Topeka
Hyatt Place Topeka
3 out of 5
6021 SW Sixth Avenue, Topeka, KS
The price is $92 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in the heart of Topeka, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kaw River State Park and Top City Healthcare. Kansas Museum of History and Gage Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)

"I would recommend this hotel. I liked the open floor plan"…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Hyatt Place Topeka
Prairie Band Casino & Resort
Prairie Band Casino & Resort
3.5 out of 5
12305 150th Rd, Mayetta, KS
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $69 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Situated in Mayetta, this hotel is within 25 mi (40 km) of Topeka Zoological Park, Perry Lake, and Gage Park. Kaw River State Park and Top City Healthcare are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (96 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay. It was nice and we will definitely stay agajn"…"

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

Prairie Band Casino & Resort
Cyrus Hotel
Cyrus Hotel
4 out of 5
920 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS
The price is $89 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kansas State Capitol and First Presbyterian Church Topeka. Ward Meade Park and Washburn University ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (449 reviews)

"A very well meant, mostly nicely designed, little boutiques hotel in a part of the world where such hotels are rare. Very friendly staff, would have liked a coffee maker in the room, and can't wait for the end of the covid-era reduction of housecleaning services. The walls in the otherwise comfortable ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Cyrus Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Topeka

Contemporary Loft Style Apartment in the Heart of Historic Downtown Lawrence KS
Contemporary Loft Style Apartment in the Heart of Historic Downtown Lawrence KS
Lawrence, KS
The price is $150 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated in Lawrence, this historic apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Lawrence Arts Center and 2 mi (3.2 km) from University of Kansas. Watkins Community ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Convenient, clean and comfortable accommodations

"We enjoyed our brief stay as we toured the KU campus. The location on Mass St is great with so many dining options and stores. We were very comfortable in the apartment and liked having the two living/sleeping areas. We enjoyed the water, coffee and tea provided, and were very appreciative of the ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Contemporary Loft Style Apartment in the Heart of Historic Downtown Lawrence KS
★Luxury 5-Star  Home★Location~Fenced Yard~Families~Couples~24 Hour Support Team
★Luxury 5-Star Home★Location~Fenced Yard~Families~Couples~24 Hour Support Team
Topeka, KS
The price is $77 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16

This family-friendly Topeka vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Topeka Zoological Park and Gage Park. Mulvane Art Museum and VA Eastern Kansas Health Care ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Mother/Daughter Getaway Weekend!

"This place was Absolutley Perfect! So Welcoming when you walk in. Clean and Comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021

★Luxury 5-Star Home★Location~Fenced Yard~Families~Couples~24 Hour Support Team
The Write Red Barn<br>Queen, sofa, commons room,<br>Toaster,Refrig/microwave/TV/snacks
The Write Red Barn<br>Queen, sofa, commons room,<br>Toaster,Refrig/microwave/TV/snacks
Lawrence, KS
The price is $75 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

Located in Deerfield, this apartment building is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from LMH Health and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from University of Kansas. Health Care Access Clinic and ...

2/5 (1 review)
It was ok. Could have been better.

"Had to walk across the front of the house of a steep hill. (even more steep driveway). It had snowed about 4 inches, so we walk through a snowy yard that had tall crunchy plant stalks, to get to the side of the house. No side walk. No wash cloths. No hair dryer. There was a small frig/freezer. In ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

The Write Red Barn<br>Queen, sofa, commons room,<br>Toaster,Refrig/microwave/TV/snacks
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Topeka

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
144
5 - Excellent 18.250950570342205%
4 - Good
369
4 - Good 46.7680608365019%
3 - Okay
230
3 - Okay 29.15082382762991%
2 - Disappointing
28
2 - Disappointing 3.5487959442332064%
1 - Terrible
18
1 - Terrible 2.2813688212927756%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

I'm from here born and raised so it's nothing special

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

Stay somewhere else

3/5 - Okay

Robert

May 10, 2020

Nothing open during the pandemic.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

A lot of places were closed but overall it’s was okay

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Went to visit family, not sightsee.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

Lots of road construction going on. Lots of shopping and restaurants. Fairly easy to navigate.

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