Destination guide

Kansas – the middle of America

With 1 foot in the Midwest and the other in the Wild West, Kansas straddles the very heart of America. It's a state that's famed for its rolling prairies, but it's also carved by gorges, filled with grassy hills and peppered with happening university towns. Kansas vacation rentals could be your ticket to the honky-tonks of Dodge or the salt museums and science centers of Hutchinson. They could also be your chance to explore the vast Great Plains and the reaches of the Flint Hills, following in the footsteps of pioneers.

Things to do

Curious museums in Kansas

Kansas isn't all grassy prairies and plains. Bag yourself Kansas vacation rentals in Dodge City to have the Boot Hill Museum on the doorstep, a place to channel your inner drifter and be immersed in cowboy saloons and Wild West buildings. There's even more spur-spinning, gun-toting action to be had in Wichita. It's home to the Old Cowtown Museum, where the honky-tonks and cattle ranches are still in action. Topeka – the capital – has the Kansas Museum of History, a spot to get an introduction to the tribes and pioneers who have shaped the state over the millennia.


Kansas is for following the frontier

There's a real sense that you're on the frontier between east and west in Kansas. As the state rolls down into the Great Plains, you'll be able to trace the footsteps of pioneers who went in search of the fabled Pacific Ocean and the promised land of California, in the west. Saddling up or strapping on the hiking boots are 2 of the top ways to do it. Other places will enthrall with their cowboy saloons and Wild West taverns, their rancher museums and horse corrals.


Find Kansas when it's warm

Summers in Kansas run from June to August, but it's not uncommon to have sultry Indian summers that extend well into fall months, like September and October. It's this period that's the most popular for travelers, who come to seek out Kansas vacation rentals in the backcountry or pads in the happening cities, when there's not so much rain. Just be aware that Kansas is smack bang in the middle of so-called Tornado Alley, which means the summer season is also prone to strong storms and twisters.

Natural features

Out on the prairie in Kansas

If there's one natural feature that really defines Kansas, it's plains. This vast cut-out of middle America is where the Midwest ends and the so-called Great Plains begin. They will run all the way to the Continental Divide and the rises of the Rockies further west, and cover vast swathes of Kansas – especially Western Kansas – in seemingly unending stretches of prairie and grassland. There are some places that are different, like the handsome gorges of the Ozarks region in the south, or the undulating Flint Hills around Wichita.

Where to stay around Kansas?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 390 vacation rentals near Kansas. From 34 Cabins to 247 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kansas for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Kansas?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kansas. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Wichita: 33 vacation rentals
  • Overland Park: 352 vacation rentals
  • Lawrence: 32 vacation rentals
  • Kansas City: 373 vacation rentals
  • Manhattan: 46 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Kansas! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Kansas?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kansas:

  • Wichita: 33 rentals
  • Overland Park: 352 rentals
  • Lawrence: 32 rentals
  • Kansas City: 373 rentals
  • Manhattan: 46 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Kansas?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Kansas are:

  • Wichita Mid Continent Airport (ICT): 29 vacation rentals
  • Forbes Field (FOE): 22 vacation rentals
  • Manhattan Reigonal Airport (MHK): 44 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Kansas?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Kansas. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kansas Speedway: 315 rentals
  • Flint Hills Discovery Center: 46 rentals
  • Fort Leavenworth: 31 rentals
  • St John the Baptist Catholic Church: 367 rentals
  • Milford State Park: 40 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kansas listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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