If you are seeking a Midwestern adventure, Topeka and Lawrence might just be what you are looking for. Only 28 miles separate the two cities, and both locations have a lot to offer. Topeka is the capital of Kansas and is a city steeped in history. There are numerous historical sites around the city offering hours of exploration for every history buff. For those looking for a more urban environment, downtown Topeka is filled with delicious dining, performing arts, shopping boutiques, and unique stores.
Lawrence in Kansas is home to the University of Kansas and the Lawrence Arts Center. Slightly smaller than Topeka, this lovely city offers an eclectic blend of historical sights, beautiful classic buildings, unique shops, tasty dining spots, and more.
For business travelers and urban wanderers alike, both downtown Topeka and downtown Lawrence have much to offer. Explore stores, discover delicious cuisine, and fall in love with the amazing architecture. Downtown Topeka visitors with children will love Gage Park, an 80-acre haven of fun and relaxation. Here, kids can ride the miniature railroad or the vintage carousel. History buffs will find much to enjoy, including the Kansas State Capitol building.
The North Topeka Arts District especially is a must-see, boasting a wide variety of art, music, and food. The “First Friday Art Walk” is a great way to tour the local galleries as you can meet artists and perhaps even purchase local art. The Topeka Performing Arts Center will thrill visitors with a wide array of events. Be sure to check their calendar to find a great show.
Parents with college bound students will find much to love in Lawrence. The University of Kansas is a great place to visit. When you are done walking the campus, the National Register Historic District has over 100 historic properties for you and your family to enjoy.
There are no 4 star or 5 star hotels in the cities of Topeka and Lawrence. However, if you are looking for a comfortable and relaxing place to stay, a total of 15 3 star hotels are at our disposal. Comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms provide you with a nice place to unwind after your explorations. Most offer free WiFi, onsite restaurants, room service, and many even free breakfast. Other amenities include swimming pools and fitness centers. Alternatively, there are nine 3 star hotels in Lawrence if you prefer staying in this area.
Topeka has no commercial airport of its own. It is served by two airports. The Forbes Field Airport is one option. If you have farther to go, the Kansas City International Airport can fly you in and out from just about anywhere in the world. Choosing a hotel near one of these airports will provide you with hassle free layovers, for example.