Intro to Kansas hotels and accommodations
Hotels in Kansas
With the state’s strong rural character, hotels in Kansas fall largely into the mid-range category, with a wide choice of budget accommodation. For visitors in need of a stopover near Kansas’ largest airport, there is a wide choice of budget hotels near Wichita Airport (Dwight D. Eisenhower) with excellent customer reviews—highlighting in particular the value for money offered. Regular special deals and discounts are also to be found. Further west, deep into the rural heart of Kansas, the state is sparsely populated. Characterful and low-cost hotels are still to be found, particularly along Interstate 70.
Things to see in Kansas
Wichita is the state’s largest city and boasts one of the top tourist attractions in Kansas, Sedgwick County Zoo. Internationally renowned for its conservation projects, the park is open year-round and even gives offers a chance to spend a night with the animals, with regular nocturnal and camping events. Kansas is known for its rural character and wildlife, with 26 State Parks including the Tallgrass Prairie National Reserve (its Visitor Center is in Strong City) and the outdoor adventure hub, Cheney Reservoir. A growing trend for vacations in Kansas is “agritourism,” which has been breathing new life into the state's rural heritage. Kansas is now brimming with ranches, farmsteads, wineries, and more, which are opening up to visitors and offering authentic experiences in the Kansas way of life. But of course, Kansas gained global notoriety in the movie classic, The Wizard of Oz. The Oz Museum in Wamego boasts over 25,000 Oz artifacts and an annual “Oztoberfest,” and in Liberal you can spend a day at Dorothy’s House & Land of Oz.
Where to stay in Kansas
Kansas is known for agriculture and the outdoors, but it has several urban hubs to the east of the state, in particular Wichita, Overland Park, Topeka, and Kansas City. These are highly convenient destinations for business travelers or for road-trippers in need of an overnight stopover. Wichita is also within easy reach of several state parks and substantial nature reserves, making it ideal for those wanting to experience the outdoors during the day, whilst returning to the comfort of the city in the evening. To the west, Kansas becomes far more sparsely populated, but is a great destination for lovers of American history. Locations such as Dodge City have a wealth of museums and events celebrating the Wild West, the pioneers, and the Native American heritage of the state.
How to get to Kansas
For international travelers, Kansas City Airport is the easiest direct route to the state—but be aware that Kansas City is in fact across the border in Missouri. Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower airport is Kansas’ largest airport, serving several U.S. airports including Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Atlanta. By road, the main highway into Kansas is Interstate 35, connecting Wichita and Kansas City to Oklahoma City and Dallas to the south, and Des Moines and Duluth to the north. Interstate 70 crosses Kansas east to west, connecting Kansas City and Topeka with Denver and St. Louis.