Wide open fields are abundant in the great state of Kansas, where you can wander through nature trails and see cattle roaming. Look forward to fun-filled water adventures on the Arkansas River in Wichita, or walking in the footsteps of prairie pioneers in Topeka. Book a stay at a Kansas vacation rental for your weekend getaway. When planning your next trip, consider these scenic cities and towns in Kansas.

1. Topeka

Topeka, Texas capital building
Source: Flickr/Doug Kerr

A vacation rental in the state’s capital puts you within close proximity to the Kansas Statehouse and the Old Prairie Town along the Ward-Meade Historic Site. Walk the trails where prairie pioneers walked before, or see the blooming flowers and plants in the Ward-Meade Botanical Garden during your weekend getaway. Take advantage of the wide-open spaces in Topeka for a bike ride with rentals from Capps Bike Shop. The racing enthusiasts in your crew can enjoy a tour of the Evel Knievel Museum and the Yesterday’s Motorbike Museum. Heartland Park also hosts weekend drag races for those who feel the need for speed. Keep the kids entertained with mini train and carousel rides at Gage Park.

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2. Lindsborg

Painted horse sculpture
Source: Flickr/Ted Swedenburg

Expand your cultural horizons when making Lindsborg your vacation destination for the weekend. This small town is rich in Swedish-American history and dubbed as one of the eight wonders of Kansas. Stop in the Mcpherson County Old Mill Museum to see history in action or the Red Barn Studio art gallery to view Swedish sculptures and wooden horses. Watch the sunset over the rock formations in Coronado Heights Park, or snap a picture with the Wild Dala Horse Herd monument in downtown. Kids love looking for the wooden Dala horses all over town. When you have some down time to shop, head to the historic district for specialty shops, such as Reminiscent Antiques and Collectibles.

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3. Dodge City

Great Western Hotel in Dodge City
Source: Flickr/Gloria Bell

Dodge City was once dubbed the wildest town in the Wild West, and the sights and attractions prove this to be true. A visit to the Boot Hill Museum gives you the opportunity to see the former Dodge jail and the past of the frontier, complete with gunfight re-enactments. After an eventful day watching the Wild West come to life, try your luck at the Boothill Casino. When you want to get active and see the wide open spaces of Kansas, head to the Dodge City Trail of Fame to hike or bike the trails.

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4. Wamego

Bench sitting in a flower garden
Source: Flickr/Deborah Lee Seltesz

You don’t have to follow the yellow brick road to see the Great Oz when in Kansas. A vacation rental in Wamego puts you within minutes from the Oz Museum, where the largest collection of “The Wizard of Oz” memorabilia is housed. Browse through artifacts from the 1939 film that include costumes, photos, and props from the set. After touring the Oz Museum, stop in at the Oz Winery to sample wines from local vineyards. When the kids get restless, head over to the Wamego City Park to explore the walking trails and playgrounds.

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5. Wichita

Fall leaves on the ground
Source: Flickr/Lane Pearman

Find action-packed attractions in the great wide open when making Wichita your vacation destination. Start your weekend plans exploring the 18 acres of landscaped gardens at the Botanic, located right along the river. If you love museums, you may feel like you’re in heaven since Wichita is home to 33 museums, including the Wichita Art Museum and the Old Cowtown Museum. Take your adventures on the water when tubing, kayaking, or paddling in the Arkansas River with equipment from the Shady Creek Marina. Get in some target practice at Bullet Stop shooting range, or opt for a leisurely game of golf at Sierra Hills Golf Club during your weekend trip.

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6. Salina

Source: Flickr / One Day Closer

As the artistic hub of the state, Salina is home to creative attractions that range from museums to live performances. Just in time for your weekend getaway, the First Friday Live Art Walk brings crowds to Oldtown Salinas. Browse the art galleries, studios, and specialty shops late into the evening. Get your fill of artistic expression when touring the Salina Art Center. Time your trip for the spring to participate in the Salina Sculpture Walk. If you’re a nature enthusiast, Salina offers more than 700 acres of green space to explore on a daily hike or bike ride. You can also spend a day at the Rolling Hills Zoo or see the underwater creatures at the Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park.

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7. Hutchinson

A field of sunflowers
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Learn all about the salt mines of the 1800s when vacationing in Hutchinson and scheduling a tour of the Strataca Museum. Hutchinson is also home to the Cosmosphere, a science museum dedicated to the space program, complete with out-of-this-world exhibits. The nearby Dillon Nature Center gives you a chance to see the wildlife roaming in the open fields or a spot to fish for the day. Take a guided boat tour with the Salt City Splash Aquatic Center for some fun in the sun, or visit the Hutchinson Zoo to see the exotic animals.

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8. Manhattan

Rolls of hay in a field
Source: Flickr/Garett Gabriel

For a mix of nature-themed activities and cultural attractions, book a vacation rental in Manhattan for the weekend. Thrill the kids with a stop at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, or spend the day at the Sunset Zoo. Hayrides and good old fashioned chuckwagon dinners are available at the Lazy T Ranch, or sample the sweet wines at the Liquid Art Winery. History buffs can fill up on facts and artifacts when touring the Goodnow House Museum or the Riley Country Historical Museum.

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