Memorial Day Weekend has now passed us, but check out our suggestions below to help plan your summer vacation in Kansas! Feel free to still utilize my road trip ideas and suggestions for finding epic outdoor activities.

Outdoor Activities

Kansas is a great destination for all outdoor enthusiasts, whether they enjoy fishing, hiking, mountain biking, gravel cycling, or disc golfing. One great thing about these activities in Kansas is that you can find all of them at our State Parks. These activities are surprisingly plentiful out here in the Sunflower State. Consider Kansas's "wide open space" more like a wide open invitation for adventure!

State Parks

In a nation of natural treasures, Kansas’ state parks shine like diamonds.


Lace up your boots and pick from among thousands of miles of trails in Kansas. 


Cast your line at one of the state's 24 major reservoirs, 40 regularly stocked state fishing lakes, or more than 200 community…

Disc Golf

Kansas has more than 200 disc golf courses ready to welcome you! Many Kansas communities host disc golf courses in their central…

Gravel Cycling

The gravel scene in Kansas is everything you’re looking for – a top destination for gravel enthusiasts of all kinds…

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking in the flatlands? You’ll be amazed by the terrain opportunities in Kansas! Whether you’re an…

Road Trip Ideas!

In Kansas, we have a lot of road miles. In fact, we have over 286,000 miles of roadways; that's the 5th most of any state, despite only being the 15th largest in terms of land area. Needless to say, we also have a lot of Byways & Highways for you to enjoy a road trip this weekend!

Frontier Military Historic Byway

If you love military history then drive along the Frontier Military Historic Byway. This byway is the longest in our state and takes you through notable places like Fort Leavenworth, and Fort Scott. You can learn more about the historical attractions on the byway here.

Glacial Hills Scenic Byway

If you keep driving north on the Frontier Military Byway, you'll eventually transition to the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway. This beautiful scenery leads you through the very Northeast edge of the state to the city of Atchison. Both of these byways are excellent drives that really let you see the amazing greenery of the far eastern edge of Kansas.

Western Vistas Historic Byway

Another excellent road trip to cross off your bucket list is to drive along the Western Vistas Historic Byway. This byway provides you access to some of my two favorite spots in Kansas: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park and Monument Rocks National Landmark.

Highway 56

For those who wish to visit the old Santa Fe Trail in Kansas, then tour Highway 56! This highway runs across the entire state that begins near Kansas City towards the Cimarron National Grasslands in the very Southwest corner of the state.


Kansas has twelve byways, nine scenic, two of which are National Scenic Byways and three historic byways. 


Want to make your trip a journey rather than just a race to the destination? The highways across Kansas are packed with fun things to do, unique…

Frontier Military

Travel through time, visiting multiple forts along the Frontier Military Historic Byway.  Originally built to move…

Fort Leavenworth

Founded in 1827, Fort Leavenworth, known as the “Post that opened the West”, is the oldest fort west of the…

Glacial Hills

The Glacial Hills Scenic Byway gets its name from the rolling hills and rock-strewn valleys carved by ancient glaciers. 

Western Vistas

Visit a rugged landscape on the culturally and visually fascinating route known as the Western Vistas Historic Byway. 

Highway 56

US Highway 56 in Kansas follows much of the old Santa Fe Trail, which spans from Kansas City in the east to…