Explore the Lewis and Clark Trail region in Kansas and discovery fun cities, great attractions and friendly people! This is where the Corps rested and celebrated after completing the first difficult part of their journey up the Missouri River. Today you can see where history occurred, “shop till you drop,” and enjoy fun for the whole family.
Today, the park offers walking and biking trails, an education pavilion, open-air encampment theater and outstanding views of downtown Kansas City. Murals and signage recognize the area’s history and Native American tribes.
Kansas City, KS is home to Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City, Kansas Speedway, Sporting KC and an array of exciting attractions, unique-themed restaurants and shopping experiences. The Village West area boasts 400 acres of shopping. Find big bargains at Legends Outlets Kansas City, Cabela’s and Nebraska Furniture Mart. History comes alive at the Quindaro Overlook, Old Quindaro Museum, John Brown Statue and the Underground Railroad Museum. All are part of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area in eastern Kansas.
The Frontier Army Museum at Fort Leavenworth features a Lewis & Clark exhibit and houses one of the best collections of 19th century military weapons and equipment. The inspiring Buffalo Soldier Monument memorializes the African American officers and troops who helped bring peace to the frontier. The Fort’s cemetery is one of the first 14 national cemeteries established by President Abraham Lincoln. An audio driving tour leads visitors to 10 different historic sites in the area. The Leavenworth Landing Park Walking Trail includes sculpture displays and wayside tour exhibits along the waterfront.
on State Highway 7 and US 36 near the Lewis & Clark Trail along the Missouri River, includes Leavenworth, Atchison, Troy, Highland, and White Cloud linked together in a scenic area carved out by advancing and retreating glaciers in a long ago pre-history era.
They fired off the keelboat’s cannon and toasted the USA at their encampment on Independence Creek, accessible by car and from a 10-mile hike/bike trail from the Lewis & Clark Riverfront Pavilion. A Kanza Lodge which would have housed the Kanza Indian tribe sits near the encampment site. A keelboat replica play area, river overlook and boat ramps area are also located here. The Atchison County Historical Museum and Santa Fe Depot includes an outdoor collection of vintage railcars, plus a 1902 AT&SF Steam Locomotive in addition to miniature train rides for children. The Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum and the one-acre perpetual plant portrait of the brave pilot who attempted to fly around the world will fascinate Trail Travelers.
The Iowa, Sac, and Kickapoo Indian Reservations and the Iowa, Sac, and Fox Mission State Historical Site are included on the circle tour east of Hiawatha as it heads northwest on KS 136. The route parallels the Pony Express, Oregon and California National Historic Trails.
The original Pony Express Station No. 1, Barn and Museum plus the Korster House Museum and the 11-mile Marshall County Connection are all popular visitor destinations as well as the Hollenberg Pony Express Station northwest of Marysville on the Little Blue River.
Pony Express and Oregon Trail exhibit rooms are featured at the County Historical Museum.
Adjacent to the university you’ll find Aggieville, a 125-year old shopping district offering unique eateries, bars and restaurants. The Flint Hills Discovery Center in downtown Manhattan offers fascinating interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages. The Riley County Historical Museum showcases the area’s pioneer heritage. The Konza Prairie Biological Station features buffalo in their native prairieland. Walk on “the wild side” at the Sunset Zoo. The Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park offers 7 thrilling zip-lines. Tuttle Creek Lake provides great outdoor adventures and is located 5 miles north of Manhattan on US Highway 24.
U.S. Army Fort Riley is nearby and features the Custer House, and U.S. Cavalry and 1st Infantry Division Museums.
At the Kansas History Museum they can see a Cheyenne Tipi, a Wichita Grass Lodge, an 1880 Steam Locomotive, and exhibits and displays that bring Kansas’ extraordinary frontier heritage to life. Topeka also features the historic State Capitol building, Old Prairie Town, the Great Overland Stage Museum and the Combat Air Museum. The historic Ritchie House, the Topeka Zoological Park, the priceless Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows at First Presbyterian Church and the Ted Ensley world-class gardens are popular destinations.
The mounted remains of the cavalry horse Comanche, who was the lone survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, is on display at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. Lawrence invites visitors to stroll, dine and shop in its scenic downtown area. Attractions include the exhibits and documents at the Dole Institute of Politics, the Booth Family Hall of Athletics, the University of Kansas’ Natural History Museum, the Lawrence Art Center, and the Lied Performing Arts Center as well as the Watkins Community Museum of History.
The Johnson County Museum’s re-created 1950’s all-electric home display adds still another dimension.
Take a stroll through the beautiful Museum at Prairiefire; the only location outside of New York to host American Museum of Natural History exhibitions. Get an adrenaline rush at iFly! Their 120 MPH wind tunnel allows to you experience free-fall conditions as you skydive indoors. Explore Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens or the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art for a more cultural experience. Overland Park’s charming downtown is home to eclectic shops and local restaurants… all just 20 minutes from Kansas City, Missouri.
For other Lewis and Clark Trail adventures in the area, go to: www.LCGreatRivers.org