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Junction-City is located in northeast Kansas between the Smoky Hill and Republican Rivers where they merge to form the Kansas River. The population at the 2000 census was 18,886 residents. In 1853, Fort Riley, a major United States Army post was established near Junction City. The area offers a lot of attractions and outdoor recreation, from golf, boating and fishing, hiking or picnicking in one of the citys lovely parks. Junction City is also home to Sundown Salute, the largest free Independence Day celebration in the state of Kansas. Just three miles from Junction City is Milford Lake, the largest lake in Kansas, known as "The Fishing Capital of Kansas." Other nearby attractions include Geary State Fishing Lake, the Kansas Arboretum, which offers 193 wooded acres with more than 1,000 species of trees and shrubs, and Konza Prairie, where seven miles of hiking trails are available to the public. Horseback riding and hay rides, carriage rides and home-made cooking are all part of the argi-tourism of Geary County and Junction City. Two excellent golf courses are also in the area. History buffs will also find Junction City a place of great interest. The Spring Valley Heritage Site contains a 19th century one-room schoolhouse, log cabin, historic church and barn. Starcke House is an 1885 period house museum with antique furnishings and accessories. Other historic sites attractions include Custer House, the U.S. Cavalry Museum and the Geary County Historical Museum.

Surrounding areas: Milford, Kansas (10.4 mi), Manhattan, Kansas (18.0 mi), Council Grove, Kansas (31.6 mi)

Junction City Vacation Rentals

Junction City Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Candlewood Suites100 S Hammons DrJunction City, KS (785) 238-1453
Comfort InnSouth WashingtonJunction City, KS (785) 238-7887
Courtyard Junction City310 Hammons DrJunction City, KS (785) 210-1500
Days Inn Junction City1024 S Washington StJunction City, KS (785) 762-2727
Econo Lodge211 Flint Hills BlvdJunction City, KS (785) 238-8181
Holiday Inn Express120 N East StJunction City, KS (785) 762-4200
Liberty InnI-70 & Washington St ExitJunction City, KS (785) 238-1141
Clarion Hotel530 Richards DrManhattan, KS16.4 mi.(785) 539-5311
Hampton Inn501 E PountzManhattan, KS18.0 mi.(785) 539-5000
Fairfield Inn300 Colorado StManhattan, KS18.2 mi.(785) 539-2400
Comfort Inn150 E Poyntz AveManhattan, KS18.3 mi.(785) 770-8000
Super 8 Motel - Manhattan200 Tuttle Creek BlvdManhattan, KS18.5 mi.(785) 537-8468
Best Western Continental Inn100 BluemontManhattan, KS18.7 mi.(785) 776-4771
Econo Lodge1501 Tuttle Creek BlvdManhattan, KS18.9 mi.(785) 539-5391
Best Western President's Inn2210 N BuckeyeAbilene, KS20.9 mi.(800) 332-2038
Super 8 Motel Inc Abline2207 N BuckeyeAbilene, KS20.9 mi.(785) 263-4545
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites110 E Lafayette AveAbilene, KS21.4 mi.(785) 263-4049

Junction City Weather & Climate

Northern Kansas has a humid, continental climate. Winter blizzards, violent windstorms, and heavy rains are common throughout the state, and the continental climate (on occasion) produces rapid temperature extremes. Generally the summers are quite warm, the winters are mild, and the humidity is on the moderate side. January is the coldest month, with average high temperatures near 31 degrees. July is the warmest month, with average high temperatures near 81 degrees. Much hotter summers and harsh, cold winters are not uncommon. Annual precipitation amounts range from 30 - 40 inches in the east, while drier conditions are common in the west.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 36°F 14°F 0.72 in. -
February 43°F 20°F 0.94 in. -
March 54°F 30°F 2.50 in. -
April 64°F 41°F 2.71 in. -
May 74°F 51°F 4.86 in. -
June 84°F 61°F 4.42 in. -
July 90°F 66°F 4.23 in. -
August 88°F 64°F 3.50 in. -
September 80°F 55°F 3.24 in. -
October 69°F 42°F 2.51 in. -
November 52°F 30°F 1.82 in. -
December 40°F 19°F 1.09 in. -

Junction City Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Manhattan Regional airport (MHK) located about 12 miles northeast of Junction City in Manhattan, Kansas, the Salina Municipal airport (SLN) located approximately 46 miles west of Junction City in Salina, Kansas, Forbes Field (FOE) located roughly 63 miles east of Junction City in Topeka, Kansas, and finally the Mc Pherson airport (MPR) located around 65 miles southwest of Junction City in Mcpherson, Kansas.

Junction City Attractions

Water Parks
Golfland-Sunsplash ParkOlatheKS109.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Rolling Meadows Golf CourseJunction CityKS 
Indian Hills Golf CourseChapmanKS10.4 mi.
Colbert Hills at Kansas State UniversityManhattanKS17.9 mi.
Stagg Hill Golf ClubManhattanKS17.9 mi.
Wildcat Creek Sports CenterManhattanKS17.9 mi.
Chisholm TrailAbileneKS21.4 mi.
Leonardville Golf CourseLeonardvilleKS22.9 mi.
Herington Country ClubHeringtonKS25.3 mi.
State Parks
Milford State ParkKS5.8 mi. 
Geary County State ParkKS8.9 mi. 
Tuttle Creek State ParkKS20.8 mi. 
Spillway State ParkKS22.0 mi. 
Fancy Creek State ParkKS28.4 mi. 
Randolph State ParkKS28.6 mi. 
Jefferson Point State ParkKS34.9 mi. 
Ottawa County State ParkKS38.9 mi. 
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State UniversityManhattanKS18.0 mi.(Art)
Goodnow House State Historic SiteManhattanKS18.0 mi.(History)
Kaw Mission State Historical SiteCouncil GroveKS31.6 mi.(History)
Smoky Hill MuseumSalinaKS43.3 mi.(History)
Red Barn Studio MuseumLindsborgKS54.8 mi.(History)
Birger Sandzen Memorial GalleryLindsborgKS54.8 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sunset Zoological ParkManhattanKS18.0 mi.
Emporia ZooEmporiaKS56.0 mi.
Topeka Zoological ParkTopekaKS62.5 mi.
Hutchinson ZooHutchinsonKS89.0 mi.
Sedgwick County ZooWichitaKS96.2 mi.

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