Are gas prices keeping you from getting out this summer? We know that summer plans tend to change when gas prices go up, which is why we made a list of affordable day trips in the northeast region of Kansas. Explore museums, art, local shops, and great food along the way!

If you are wanting to go on a scenic drive just outside of KC, then we highly recommend checking out the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway! This 63-mile-long byway is perfect for those looking for something to do with just one tank of gas!


HISTORY + MUSEUMS IN NORTHEAST KANSAS

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site

Living History: 1860s Style! Mahaffie Historic Site is the only remaining stagecoach stop on the… Read More

Museum at Prairiefire

Be in awe of a full-sized Tyrannosaurus rex replica as you walk in the Museum at Prairiefire. Kids… Read More

Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site

Come and see the manual training school attended by Shawnee, Delaware, and other Indian nations from… Read More

Richard Allen Cultural Center & Museum

View memorabilia from General Colin Powell, Buffalo Soldiers, uniforms, freedom papers from former… Read More

Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

Restored home where the internationally-famous aviatrix was born on July 24, 1897. Contains family… Read More

Kansas Museum of History

Visit award-winning exhibits on colorful characters and everyday folks from Kansas' past. You'll see… Read More

Brown V. Board Mural

The Brown V. Board Mural is located across the street from the Brown V. Board National Historic Site… Read More

Constitution Hall State Historic Site

James Henry Lane had a significant impact on Kansas history and is one of Constitution Hall’s more… Read More

KU Natural History Museum

Nationally recognized for its public natural history exhibits and collections, research and graduate… Read More

Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park

Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park is being developed on the site of the Battle of Black Jack… Read More

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

In 2007, Johnson County Community College in Overland Park enhanced its reputation as one of the… Read More

Fort Leavenworth Historic Wayside Self-Guided Tour

The Historical Wayside tour consists of 22 Wayside Points of Interest located throughout the Fort… Read More

Kansas State Capitol Visitor Center

*RESTORATION COMPLETED* The Kansas State Capitol recently completed a 13 year, top to bottom… Read More

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

Exhibit depicts the major themes of Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, including stories of… Read More

Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture

Many visitors have experienced the museum, which offers the opportunity to learn about the rich… Read More

ARTS IN NORTHEAST KANSAS

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

In 2007, Johnson County Community College in Overland Park enhanced its reputation as one of the… Read More

C. W. Parker Carousel Museum

Tour a museum of carousel artifacts and history. This particular carousel is unique in that the… Read More

Davis Memorial

Nationally renowned. Crafted in Italy during the 1930s. The memorial is a fascinating study of human… Read More

Haskell Indian Art Market

Annual art event at Haskell Indian Nation University. This colorful event attracts hundreds of… Read More

Muchnic Art Gallery

The Muchnic residence is one of the most elegant of Atchison's numerous Victorian mansions. The… Read More

Guitar Lamp

Think cool lofts are only found in urban downtowns? Think again. Come “jam” at one of Merriam’s… Read More

UNIQUE DINING IN NORTHEAST KANSAS 

Cafe Tempo

Executive Sous Chef Marcel Des Marteau invites you to enjoy the 110-seat Cafe Tempo, between the… Read More

Fritz's Railroad Restaurant

The food at Fritz's is served by the "Skat Kat" system: Patrons order by phone, and a toy train… Read More

Free State Brewing Co.

From our lively spot in Lawrence, Kansas, we have been serving up great food and great beer to great… Read More

Slap's BBQ

Hidden gem tucked away in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood, Slap's BBQ serves up Kansas City's… Read More

Ladybird Diner

Ladybird Diner is an upgraded twist on the stick-to-your-ribs diner food. Grits Supreme, Sweet… Read More

Wandering Vine

Wandering Vine is the first and only restaurant to host a Kansas farm winery outlet. We are pleased… Read More

Guy & Mae's Tavern

Guy & Mae's Tavern is a finalist because of their tender ribs that they serve wrapped in foil and… Read More

Oak Roots

We are pleased to offer a farm to table approach in fine dining. Presenting the purity of food in an… Read More

The Wheel Barrel

Have you ever had a grilled cheese sandwich that was more than just some cheese on some bread? At… Read More

SHOPPING IN NORTHEAST KANSAS 

Strawberry Hill Povitica

Hand made in Kansas City for three generations, each Povitica is hand rolled, baked, and shipped… Read More

Moon Marble Company

Unique store features handmade art glass marbles, marbles for play and collecting, and specialty… Read More

Legends Outlets Kansas City

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to savings at Legends Outlets, Kansas City's premier outdoor shopping… Read More

Artistic Works by Lu

"Country roots and urban soul combine to create bold jewelry accessorized with unique chic fashions… Read More

Hazel Hill Chocolate

Hazel Hill Chocolate Traditions makes their own handmade, delicious chocolates right in their store… Read More

Fire Lake Soapery

As described in many magazines Fire Lake Camp is a special place to soak in the country and leave… Read More

More than Lemons

More than Lemons offers many one-of-a-kind items that are for sale in our store. Many that are not… Read More

Louisburg Cider Mill

Visit our Country Store year-round for apple cider, Lost Trail craft soda, fresh cider donuts… Read More

Northeast

Spend several days in Northeast Kansas! Find the KU Jayhawks, famous Kansas City BBQ and the majestic bald eagles near the Kaw River. Northeast…