A Country Travel Discoveries Original Tour!
What’s there to see in Kansas? Only a picturesque Swedish town adorned with custom made wooden “Dala” horses, an abundance of sunflower and wheat fields, an underground salt mine and so much more! Kansas is a slice of classic America with its rugged cowboy culture and sweeping prairies. We’ll meet all kinds of people from a Cowboy Poet to a National Geographic Photographer who will regale you with stories of his travels. Walk with us through the tallgrass prairies and experience Kansas like you’ve never seen it before.
- Guided tour of Subtropolis, the world’s largest underground business complex
- Visit WWI Museum, America’s only museum dedicated to sharing the stories of the Great War through the eyes of those who lived it
- Enjoy a tasty lunch at the Eldridge Hotel followed by a guided tour of the historic hotel
- Tour Topeka’s Overland Park Train Depot and lunch served by the famous Harvey Girls
- Visit President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Presidential Library & Museum
- Explore the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge
- Discover the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
DAY 1: SUBTROPOLIS/ARABIA STEAMBOAT MUSEUM/WAXMAN CANDLES
Begin your tour from Kansas City. Start the first day with a guided tour of Subtropolis, the world’s largest underground business complex. Sprawling over 6,000,000 square feet, this state of the art business center is home to over 55 companies and 2,000 employees! Then, head over to the Arabia Steamboat Museum. This museum is home to the largest single collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world. This is a one-of-a-kind experience where you will learn about life during the American frontier in the mid-19th century and have the opportunity to see everyday objects that made life possible for the pioneers in the 1800’s. This afternoon, we will have a tasty lunch at the Eldridge Hotel followed by a guided tour of the historic hotel. Next, Lawrence’s own “Waxman” Bob & Deborah Werts show us all we need to know about the fine art of candle making at Waxman Candles. Overnight in Topeka, KS. B, L
DAY 2: TRAIN DEPOT/EVEL KNIEVEL/FLINT HILLS DISCOVERY CENTER
Step back in time this morning at Topeka’s Overland Park Train Depot. In period dress, Fred Harvey Girls will serve a one of a kind breakfast followed by a tour of the depot. Then, we speed things up as we head to the state-of-the-art Evel Knievel Museum showcasing an impressive collection of artifacts that belonged to the daredevil. Later, we will travel to the “Little Apple” also known as Manhattan, Kansas for a stop at the newly opened Dream Car Collection. Rev up your engines for a look at pristine classic cars including Sonny and Cher’s matching 1966 Mustangs! Finally, we visit the Flint Hills Discovery Center that celebrates the history and culture of the surrounding Flint Hills and Tallgrass Prairie. Overnight in Manhattan, KS. B, L
DAY 3: EISENHOWER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY/LINDSBORG/DALA HORSES
Today, we visit President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Presidential Library & Museum at his boyhood home in Abeline. Then, it’s off to the quaint Swedish town, Lindsborg. This charming town offers an outstanding selection of Scandinavian arts and crafts. Next is Coronado Heights, where it’s rumored that Francisco Válasquez de Coronado gave up his search for the seven cities of gold and returned home. We’ll stay for a bit longer to admire the beauty of the Smoky Valley. After taking in the sights, we’ll visit the Hemsjold to watch craftsmen create the town’s signature Dala Horses. Later this afternoon, Jim Richardson will tell us about his life as a National Geographic photographer for 35 years. Being around the world five times from the Artic to Antarctica and many places in between, Jim will discuss the spectacular places and people he has met along the way. Overnight in McPherson, KS. B, L
DAY 4: MAXWELL WILDLIFE REFUGE/SUNFLOWER & WHEAT FARMER
After breakfast, take a short ride to the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. Here, we’ll see how the prairie existed hundreds of years ago with herds of Buffalo and Elk living off the range. On our prairie adventure, buffalo are up close and personal in their natural habitat. After our close encounter, we’ll visit the Amish community of Yoder to enjoy a family style meal including freshly baked pie. Then, get ready to descend 650 feet into a state-of-the-art active salt mine. View the raw mine as it was left more than 50 years ago, as well as where a majority of the Midwest’s road salt is mined. After you return “top-side” we’ll learn about what Kansas is best known for, sunflowers and wheat! Farmer Cameron Pierce will show you his golden wheat fields. B, L
DAY 5: TALLGRASS PRAIRIE NATIONAL PRESERVE
You’ve heard about it throughout Kansas, but now it is time to see the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Be swept away by the tallgrass that once covered 170 million acres of North America. Next, we travel to Council Grove, one of the last stops on the Santa Fe Trail by the pioneers. Here we will stop for a delicious lunch at the Hays House. This restaurant was originally opened by Seth Hays, Daniel Boone’s great-grandson in the late 1800’s and is on the national register of historic landmarks. After lunch we will make our way to Ottawa, KS where we will make one more stop before a special farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight in Ottawa, KS. B, L, D
DAY 6: WWI MUSEUM/RETURN HOME
This morning we head back to the City of Fountains, Kansas City, where we will visit the National World War 1 Museum. This museum is America’s only museum dedicated to sharing the stories of the Great War through the eyes of those who lived it. B
- Departure: June 13, 2022
- Return: June 18, 2022
- Double $1377
- Triple/Quad $1327
- Single $1745
*Per person rates
Kansas City: 85° / 66°
Topeka: 85° / 64°
McPherson: 88° / 63°
Hutchinson: 87° / 64°
Paola: 85° / 63°
Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carry-on bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.
New reservations will require a $250 per person deposit unless otherwise noted. As always, your deposit is still fully refundable for any reason until final payment. We are happy to accept cash, check (preferred) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) for your deposit.
Throughout 2021 we limited capacity on all our tours. This policy was so overwhelmingly popular by Sunrise travelers, we have made it permanent. In 2022 and beyond, we will limit the capacity on our motorcoaches to 80%. Most Sunrise Tours travel on 50-seat coaches with extra legroom, which means guests will enjoy extra legroom AND at least 6-8 empty seats. In the rare cases when we charter a 55-seat coach, there will be at least 10 open seats on the bus.
Our popular on-board refreshment service on travel days will feature a variety of soda, beer, wine spritzers, juices and sparkling water choices served in recyclable aluminum cans. This is a safe and eco-conscious way for us to deliver the ever-popular Sunrise Tours “happy hour” on tour. We do not typically serve bottled water and ask that while on tour you be responsible for your own hydration and consider the Sunrise Tours drink service a welcome refreshment.
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