Topeka is the capital city of Kansas, and it's full of great attractions if
you're looking to include it on your Kansas
vacation itinerary. It's here where you'll find the Kansas
State Capitol Building, which is just one of the main Topeka travel attractions
that you won't want to miss. Free tours of the Capitol Building are offered
to visitors on weekdays, and they are definitely among the most popular things
to do in Topeka. You're close to some of the other main cities in Kansas when
visiting Topeka, so when you're not enjoying the Topeka attractions, you can
schedule a few side trips to other towns to see what they have to offer.
The Kansas State Capitol Building is without question one of the top Topeka attractions. This impressive structure, which was built over the course of 37 years in the late 1860s and early 1900s, looms large over the downtown area, its bronze-capped dome rising to a height of 304 feet. There's quite a lot to enjoy on tours of the Kansas State Capitol Building, including the murals that were painted by John Steuart Curry, who was a Kansas native. When you're not enjoying tours of the Capitol Building while taking in the downtown Topeka attractions, you might head over to the Brown v. Board National Historic Site and Museum or see what the Kansas History Museum has on display. The former honors the famous 1954 Supreme Court decision that played a significant role in the Civil Rights struggle, while the latter is a great place to learn all about the history of Kansas.
Another historical site found in the downtown area of Topeka Kansas is Old
Prairie Town, which is a pioneer village that rests along the Oregon Trail.
Among the things you'll see at Old Prairie Town include a prairie mansion that
dates back to the 1870s and an 1891 schoolhouse. Old Prairie Town also boasts
a botanical garden if you want to take some time out to smell the flowers. There
are some great downtown attractions that deserve inclusion on any Topeka travel
itinerary, and doing a little shopping on the side is always encouraged. Kansas
Avenue is a good place to start if you're looking to add shopping to your list
of things to do in Topeka. Exploring the dining scene is also recommended when
hanging out downtown, especially if you like good steaks and BBQ. A dozen art
galleries and a handful of quality performing arts facilities can be found in
Topeka Kansas, so getting your cultural fix while engaging in Topeka travel
can definitely be part of the picture as well.
Should you still be looking for more things to add to your list of things to
do in Topeka Kansas, the city has a small zoo that is among the best zoos in
the state. The Topeka Zoo is renowned for having hatched the first Golden Eagle
in captivity, and though the zoo was on the decline for a number of years, a
recent major overhaul has it back up to standards. You can find the Topeka Zoo
in the north central part of the city just off of Interstate 70, which is the
main east to west interstate in Kansas. Speaking of Interstate 70, it will lead
Topeka travelers to some other cities in Kansas that deserve a look as much
as Topeka does. Kansas City
can be found along Interstate 70, and it's just 60 miles from Topeka. The city
of Lawrence, which is home to
the University of Kansas, is even closer when heading east from Topeka, and
if you head west out of the city, Manhattan
is a mere 58 miles away. Find yourself a good Topeka
hotel, and it can make for a great eastern Kansas travel base.