If you love history, you'll appreciate visiting a city that's not only lined with Victorian mansions and priceless World War I and II memorabilia, but also played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement. There's also beautiful scenery and heart-stopping motor sports action to please adrenaline junkies. In other words, Topeka vacation packages will appeal to all!
You'll be on vacation, but you'll be smart to go back to school while in Topeka. Specifically, make sure to visit the once segregated Monroe Elementary School. Now the site of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, it offers a fascinating glimpse into the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s. You'll also be smart to look into Topeka rental cars, as traffic is usually light, and parking is plentiful here. Why not enjoy the convenience of your own transportation? Other historical sites to visit include the circa-1866 state capital building (which completed an extensive remodel in 2013), Combat Air Museum, Kansas Museum of History, and the eclectic Museum of the Kansas National Guard, featuring a life-sized replica of Hawkeye's tent from the TV show MASH! For an adrenaline rush, head to Heartland Park Topeka to watch the dragsters race down the quarter-mile strip.
For both the young and young at heart, Kids Stampede at Old Prairie Town is packed with fun on the Saturday before Memorial Day. Also held here is the Apple Festival during the first weekend in October. Gorge on all things apple and enjoy a fun festival atmosphere. Music lovers should head to the Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival on July 4th. Have a taste ethnic cuisine? Fiesta Mexicana in July and the annual Inter-Tribal Pow Wow in August or September can't be beat.
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