Topeka travel guide

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You're Going to Love Topeka

Topeka is the capital city of Kansas, situated on the Kansas River. The city dates from 1842 and was a ferry crossing site on the Oregon Trail. Its pioneer town spirit remains and the city played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Topeka

1. Kansas Museum of History

The Kansas Museum of History is an acclaimed museum telling the story of the region.

2. Ward-Meade Historic Site

The Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site features a turn-of-the-century town and offers dinners served by hosts in period costume.

3. Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site at Monroe Elementary School commemorates the US Supreme Court's 1954 decision to end segregation in schools, and allows visitors to gain an insight into the Civil Rights Movement.

4. Lake Shawnee

Enjoy watersports, camping, and hiking at the beautiful spot of Lake Shawnee.

5. Combat Air Museum

The Combat Air Museum has a fascinating collection of warplanes through the years.

Where to Eat in Topeka

Tacos El Mexicano on SE California Avenue serves authentic Mexican food with mains from $10, while the RowHouse Restaurant on SW Van Buren Street offers new-American cuisine, with a four-course dinner menu at $45.

When to visit Topeka

Topeka in August
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Topeka in August
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Topeka has an extremely varied climate with hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. Spring can be wet but fall is warm and dry.

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How to Get to Topeka


Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is the nearest functional commercial airport, with good domestic and some international connections. A shuttle service will take you to Topeka for $41.


Topeka is served by the Amtrak Southwest Chief service from Chicago to Los Angeles. The fare from Chicago starts at around $80.


The I-70 connects the city from the west and east, while Highway 75 runs north to south.


Greyhound buses run services to Topeka. Fares from Chicago start at $38.

Airports near Topeka

Airlines serving Topeka

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Where to stay in Topeka

Ramada Topeka Downtown has affordable rooms less than a mile from the city center. Hampton Inn Topeka has spacious rooms close to the Kansas Museum of History and Gage Park.

Popular neighborhoods in Topeka

College Hill - this is a historic area close to Washburn University. It has attractive Georgian and Victorian architecture and some of the best restaurants in town.

Westboro - this is home to the quaint Westboro Mart shopping area and features extensive Italian Renaissance architecture.

Potwin Place - this historical district has some of the grandest residences in the city and features frequent parades and holiday activities and celebrations.

Where to stay in popular areas of Topeka

Most booked hotels in Topeka

Hyatt Place Topeka
Excellent (8.4, 766 reviews)
Endeavor Inn and Suites
Good (7.9, 595 reviews)
Hotel Topeka at City Center
Good (7.7, 278 reviews)
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Topeka West, KS
Good (7.6, 1034 reviews)
Ramada by Wyndham Topeka Downtown Hotel & Convention Center
Good (7.2, 695 reviews)
Senate Luxury Suites
Good (6.5, 176 reviews)
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How to Get Around Topeka

Public Transportation

Buses serve most of the main routes through the city, with single fares at $2 and a 24-hour pass costing $4.


Taxis in Topeka charge an initial fare of $2.50 and then $4 per mile.


Roads in Topeka are good and traffic is mostly light in this modestly sized city. Car rental starts at $30.

The Cost of Living in Topeka

Shopping Streets

West Ridge Mall has lots of big-name chain stores, while Fairlawn Plaza has more independent stores and restaurants.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Topeka will cost around $0.87 and a dozen eggs is $2.17.

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