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Mileage/Estimated drive time
247 miles, 4 hours, 8 minutes

Kansas played a vital role in America's great westward migration of the 19th century. The history of cowpokes, outlaws and Native Americans is still evident throughout the state's vast prairies.

1) Abilene
Starting Point

Travel back in time to the Old West. Take a stagecoach tour or board a steam locomotive for an authentic ride. Learn all about Ike, our 34th President, at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum and be sure to indulge in a family-style fried chicken dinner at the famous Brookville Hotel.

2) Wichita
93 miles, 1 hour, 31 minutes

Tour the Old Cowtown Museum, a living museum located just off the historic Chisholm Trail. Interactive exhibits, authentic displays and informative, costumed staff will transport you right back to 1879. Then, visit the Wichita Art Museum to see one of the world's finest collections of American Art, including works from Mary Cassatt and Winslow Homer.

3) Dodge City
154 miles, 2 hours, 36 minutes

Stroll the boardwalk at the world-famous Boot Hill Museum to relive an exciting era in American history. Visit the Gunfighter's Wax Museum to see life-size figures of famous Old West legends such as Jesse James and Buffalo Bill. Then, restock your mobile larder with corn and tomatoes at the local Saturday morning farmers market.