Heartland Byways Conference

May 3 - 5, 2022

Leavenworth, Kansas

Hosted by Kansas Tourism, Kansas Byways Program
Presenting Sponsor, National Scenic Byways Foundation

Hit the road and join byway leaders from around the country for the Heartland Byways Conference! This is more than just your average educational conference. You'll have fun learning about Kansas' 12 byways and the exploring the state's first city, Leavenworth. When you're in Leavenworth, you're walking in the footsteps of the likes of Lewis & Clark, Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, Abraham Lincoln, and even Melissa Etheridge. You'll also receive a behind-the-scenes look at the 'Intellectual Center of the Army,' Fort Leavenworth, the starting point of the Frontier Military Historic Byway. We'll also travel the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway as we explore the unique history, charm, and beauty this area has to offer.

Additional details on the conference agenda are forthcoming. Topics covered will focus on the core learning areas essential to the success and sustainability of byways: organization leadership, marketing & finance, corridor management, interpretation, and visitor experiences.

The Heartland Byways Conference is hosted biannually among the states of Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa as an educational opportunity for leaders and volunteers of designated byways in America.

If I went West, I think I would go to Kansas -- to Leavenworth or Atchison. Both of them are, and will continue to be, fine growing places.” - Abraham Lincoln

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Early Bird Registration

Deadline: March 18,  2022

Price: $125

Regular Registration

Deadline: April 8, 2022

Full Conference Price: $160 

Tuesday Only: $50

Wednesday Only: $80

Thursday Only: $65

  • Tuesday, May 3

    11 am – 4 pm    

    Registration and Exhibits Open – Riverfront Community Center

    (123 N. Esplanade St, Leavenworth)

    1 pm

    Welcome – Riverview Room

    1:15 pm

    Keynote general session – Riverview Room

    Scenic Byways: How to Stay in the Driver’s Seat as Road Trips Surge

    Speaker: Wanda Maloney, Corridor Solutions

    2:15 pm

    Break – visit exhibits

    2:30 pm 

    Lightning Rounds: hear about byway successes with more than a dozen presentations to choose from

    3:30 pm

    Break – visit exhibits and make your way to C.W. Parker Carousel Museum

    4:00 pm

    Reception – C.W. Parker Carousel Museum (320 S Esplanade St., Leavenworth)

    5:00 pm

    Dinner and shopping on your own in Leavenworth

    Downtown Leavenworth restaurants and shops are a 10-minute walk from C.W. Parker Carousel Museum


    Wednesday, May 4

    6:00 - 7:30 am

    Breakfast at Hotel

    7:30 – 11 am

    Registration – Riverfront Community Center

    7:30 am

    Visit exhibits

    8 am

    General session – Riverview Room

    Byways: The Next Thirty Years

    Speakers: federal and national byway partners

    9 am

    Break – visit exhibits

    9:15 am

    Concurrent sessions

    Session 1: Itineraries: Telling Your Byway Story (repeated) – Riverview Room

    Session 2: Byway Website: Your Welcome Mat (repeated) – Women’s Waiting Room

    Session 3: New Byway Leader Roundtable – Men’s Waiting Room

    Session 4: Benefits of a State Byway Council & What Byway Leaders Can Do to Support Their State Program – Activity Room on lower level

    10:15 am

    Break – visit exhibits

    10:30 am

    Concurrent sessions

    Session 1: Itineraries: Telling Your Byway Story (repeated) – Riverview Room

    Session 2: Byway Website: Your Welcome Mat (repeated) – Women’s Waiting Room

    Session 3: Byway Organization Assessment for Sustainability – Men’s Waiting Room

    Session 4: State Byway Coordinator Roundtable – Activity Room on lower level

    11:30 am  

    Lunch in Riverview Room

    12:30 pm  

    Depart on bus tour

    • Byway interpretive signs at Ray Miller Park

    • Fort Leavenworth: driving tour of homes and buildings, Buffalo Soldiers Monument, Frontier Army Museum

    • Driving tour of Glacial Hills Scenic Byway between Leavenworth and Atchison

    • Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

    • Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum

    6 pm

    Barbecue dinner at Schwinn Barn (17624 Santa Fe Trail, Leavenworth)

    National Scenic Byway Foundation awards presentation

    8 pm   

    Buses depart for Riverfront Community Center


    Thursday, May 5

    6:00 - 7:30 am

    Breakfast at Hotel

    8:30 am 

    General session – Riverview Room

    Byway Leadership: Our Call to Action

    Speakers: National Scenic Byway Foundation Board

    9:30 am


    9:45 am

    Concurrent sessions

    Session 1: Social Media Byway Successes (repeated) – Riverview Room

    Session 2: Byway Readiness: Motorcycles, RV’s and Bicyclists (repeated) – Women’s Waiting Room

    Session 3: Interpretive Planning on a Budget (repeated) – Men’s Waiting Room

    Session 4: Scenic Views & Woodland Conservation (repeated) – Activity Room on lower level

    10:45 am


    11 am

    Concurrent sessions

    Session 1: Social Media Byway Successes (repeated) – Riverview Room

    Session 2: Byway Readiness: Motorcycles, RV’s and Bicyclists (repeated) – Women’s Waiting Room

    Session 3: Interpretive Planning on a Budget (repeated) – Men’s Waiting Room

    Session 4: Scenic Views & Woodland Conservation (repeated) – Activity Room on lower level

    12 pm

    Lunch in Riverview Room

    Closing speaker: Sharon Strouse, National Scenic Byway Foundation

    1:15 pm

    Conference Adjourned


    • 405 Choctaw St
    • (913) 680-1500

    We're in downtown Leavenworth, KS, which has many fine antique shops and places to eat. In half an hour, you can see all sorts of attractions, including Legends Outlets shopping, T-Bones baseball, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Or, just relax in…

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    • 1101 N 4th St
    • (913) 758-9303

    Fairfield Inn & Suites Leavenworth is only a minute away from the gates of Fort Leavenworth. Our hotel is full of amenities designed to make you feel at home. You'll find it easy to settle into one of our modern, spacious, rooms and suites, all of which feature a workspace, 32"…

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    • 250 Delaware Street
    • (913) 651-8600

    On our doorstep you'll find downtown Leavenworth's 26-block historic shopping district, a range of eclectic restaurants, and must-see landmarks like the Richard Allen Cultural Center. Enjoy free breakfast ahead of a day’s exploration and make the most of free WiFi. Pets are…

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    • 123 S Esplanade
    • (913) 651-2132

    Totally renovated and expanded 1888 Union Pacific Train Depot listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Multi-use facility located on the banks of the Missouri River in the heart of downtown. Health Center has indoor pool, track, wellness center, weight rooms, and…

    • 318 Broadway
    • (785) 945-6292

    Glacial Hills Scenic Byway showcases the region of the state where unusual rocks were left by receding glaciers. It also showcases some of the oldest communities in the state where early statesmen made their homes. Lewis and Clark stopped in Atchison on their famous journey…

    • 9001 W. 110th St., Ste. 100
    • (913) 491-0123

    The Frontier Military Historic Byway abounds with history. The Forts tell the stories of the early military development to protect westward pioneers. The Byway also tells the tales of the incidents leading to the Civil War and the stories of pro- and anti-slavery forces as they…

    • 320 S Esplanade
    • (913) 682-1331

    Tour a museum of carousel artifacts and history. This particular carousel is unique in that the animals are hand carved and each is one-of-a-kind, and, is the only Parker Carousel created with 2 hand-carved rabbits as major features. There's a gift shop, workshop area, an…

    • 4103 S 4th St
    • (913) 651-2203

    The federal government donated the land for Ray Miller Park to the City in 1972, as part of President Nixon's Legacy of Parks program. Prior to that time, the land was part of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. On April 17, 2020, a new 9-hole disc golf…

    • Grant Ave
    • (913) 684-1719

    United States Army Garrison Fort Leavenworth is the oldest continuously active military reservation west of the Mississippi River. Fort Leavenworth is home to the Buffalo Soldier Monument, The Lewis & Clark Center-Command & General Staff College, as well as other museums and…

    • 223 N Terrace St
    • (913) 367-4217

    Restored home where the internationally-famous aviatrix was born on July 24, 1897. Contains family heirlooms, displays, and photographs. Gift shop with Earhart souvenirs. Also exhibits on other women pilots. This location is part of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area…

    • 16701 286th Rd
    • (314) 753-8312

    In the legacy of famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum will educate, inspire, and empower all generations in pursuit of flight!

    • 17624 Santa Fe Trl
    • (913) 683-3366

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    • 614 Pottawatomie St.
    • (913) 651-7000

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    • 781 Shawnee St
    • (913) 297-0361

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