I-70 is a major east to west highway that runs through the entire state of Kansas. You will be shocked at the amount of great scenery and fun things there are to do just a hop, skip, and jump off of the interstate exits. There are 16 towns that belong to the Kansas I-70 Association, running from Kansas City to Goodland, so the opportunities are plentiful. Here are 70 things to do with families along Kansas I-70 that you'll want to make time for.
Savor a juicy cheeseburger and fries in your car from the iconic Don's Drive-Inin Oakley. This may be one of the best burgers you've ever had and you don't have to get dressed up to go...
Take a selfie with the oversized Van Gogh Sunflower painting sitting on a huge easel in Goodland, Kansas.
Sit down for a family meal at Salina's Spangles, a local 1950s themed chain restaurant serving wings, gourmet burgers and sandwiches, and fries. Dessert includes ice cream specialities...LEARN MORE
Check out the uber cool doll and train collections (amongst others) at the Prairie Museum of Art in Colby, Kansas. Remember those old-fashioned horses you put a quarter in when you were...LEARN MORE
Engage in conversation with your kids after seeing and learning about the enormous US Penitentiary, Leavenworth, a high-security turned medium-security federal prison that once housed...LEARN MORE
Introduce your kids to a hot agritourism find---Lawrence's Washington Creek Lavender, a farm where they can see huge fields of blooming lavender plants and learn about how it is used in...LEARN MORE
Take the family to dinner at the Brookville Hotel,named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Finalists and recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award. Share the famous family-style fried...
Indulge in a breakfast pizza off of the creative menu at Blue Skye Brewery in Salina. If you get there before they are sold out for the day, try the $5 cinnamon roll that is big enough...LEARN MORE
See America's first patented helicopter at the High Plains Museum in Goodland.
Tour a hands-on 25-room historic home and mansion where you can throw a strike in one of the earliest bowling lanes in the country. The Seelye Mansion in Abilene is a place you won't...LEARN MORE
Get up close and personal with insects as you learn about the incredible creatures at the Kansas State University Insect Zoo in Manhattan.
Learn about Grassroots Art in the town of Lucas, where touring the Garden of Eden (works by S.P. Dinsmoor) and the Grassroots Art Museum are a must! Be sure to look for the chewing gum...LEARN MORE
Give your kids a laugh when they see the country's second best bathroom in Lucas, Kansas. Made of an intricate detailed mosaic pattern, the Bowl Lucas detour will earn you big brownie...LEARN MORE
Take a lunch break off of Kansas I-70 at Munson's Prime, a fantastic locally-owned steakhouse with a quick $10 lunch buffet option. Treat yourself to homemade ice cream for dessert,...
See art from around the world at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas. The facility has nearly 40,000 objects.
Thrill the kids with a visit to the Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City in Shawnee. This hands-on museum centers around reading, math, science, and art for kids 8 and under.
Learn about dinosaurs and prehistoric life at the world-class Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, Kansas. Botany, zoology, geology, and paleontology make up the largest portion...LEARN MORE
Visit the only Kansas Presidential Home and Library in the heart of Abilene, where you'll learn about the Five-Star General and 34th President, Eisenhower. You can also see he and his...LEARN MORE
Meet Ginger and Gary, retired greyhounds available for petting and pictures (and sloppy kisses) at the Greyhound Hall of Fame in Abilene.
Tour the third-oldest active military installation in the country at Fort Leavenworth. Here, you can see the awesome Buffalo Soldier Memorial and visit the Frontier Army Museum, chock...LEARN MORE
Eat some of the best BBQ in the world at one of Kansas City's famous BBQ institutions: Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Slap's BBQ, or Rosedale Barbecue. Don't miss the cheesy corn, baked...LEARN MORE
Paint a piece of take-home pottery from the fun Pottery Workshop in Hays.
Sharpen your Constitution knowledge and overall history with a live reenactment at the Territorial Capital Museum in Lecompton, Kansas. This is where President Eisenhower's parents were...
Share a bag of hamburger slides at The Cozy Inn, a Kansas institution in Salina. Don't even think about ordering cheese on them at this six-stool diner, one of the few remaining in the...LEARN MORE
Wander the campus of K-State University in Manhattan, Kansas. K-State University's campus opened in 1863 and was the first public institution of higher learning in the state.
Next, be sure to check out Where to Eat on Kansas I-70! Consider treating yourself to a sit down meal at true local establishments. It won’t take much longer than running through a fast food joint, and you’ll get to kick back, enjoy tasty food, and be waited on. Happy eating!