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Topeka is the capital city of Kansas and is located in the northeast portion of the state, along the Kansas River. As of the 2000 census, the population was 122,377 residents. In the 1840s, wagon trains made their way from Independence, Missouri west on what would come to be known as the Oregon Trail. About 60 miles west of Kansas City, Missouri, three Kansas Indian sisters, married to three French-Canadian brothers, established a ferry service allowing travelers to cross the Kansas River at what is now Topeka. Today, the city is the cultural and economic center of the region. Attractions include the Kansas State Capitol, where visitors can view the chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives, learn the story of the John Steuart Curry murals, and see the beautiful marble and glass panels of the dramatic Capitol dome. If you are feeling up to it, you can take a 296-step tour of the Capitol Dome. Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site is located on the Oregon Trail and includes a 5.5 acre pioneer village that features a botanical garden and an 1870s prairie mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other Topeka gardens include the Ted Ensley Gardens at Shawnee Lake, the Doran Rock Garden with its 12,000 tulips and daffodils and 80-year old rock garden, and the Matrot Castle and Vineyard. The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is an interactive, experiential museum that celebrates the decision of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that desegregated public schools. Other Topeka attractions include the Kansas Museum of History, the Combat Air Museum and the Topeka Zoo.

Surrounding areas: Burlingame, Kansas (22.0 mi), Valley Falls, Kansas (23.5 mi), Lawrence, Kansas (24.4 mi), Holton, Kansas (29.3 mi), Baldwin City, Kansas (32.5 mi)

Topeka Vacation Rentals

Topeka Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Amerisuites Hotel6021 SW 6thTopeka, KS (785) 273-0066
Best Western Candelight2831 SW FairlawnTopeka, KS (785) 272-9550
Best Western Topeka Inn & Suites700 SW Fairlawn StTopeka, KS (785) 228-2223
Candlewood Suites Topeka Kansas914 SW HendersonTopeka, KS (785) 271-7822
Capitol Plaza Hotel1717 SW Topeka BlvdTopeka, KS (800) 579-7937
Clubhouse Inn & Suites924 SW HendersonTopeka, KS (785) 273-8888
Comfort Inn Topeka1518 SW Wanamaker RdTopeka, KS (785) 273-5365
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Topeka West6020 SW 10th StTopeka, KS (785) 478-9800
Days Inn Topeka1510 SW Wanamaker RdTopeka, KS (785) 222-8538
Econo Lodge2950 S W Topeka BlvdTopeka, KS (785) 267-1681
Fairfield Inn1530 SW Westport DrTopeka, KS (785) 273-6800
Hampton Inn Topeka1401 Ashworth PLTopeka, KS (785) 273-0003
Heritage House3535 SW 6THTopeka, KS (785) 233-3800
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites901 SW Robinson AveTopeka, KS (785) 228-9500
Motel 61224 Wanamaker Rd SWTopeka, KS (785) 273-9888
Motel 6510 Tuttle CRK BlvdTopeka, KS (785) 537-1022
Motel 6709 Fairlawn RdTopeka, KS (785) 272-8283
Quality Inn1240 SW Wanamaker RdTopeka, KS (785) 273-6969
Ramada Inn SouthI-470 & S Topeka AveTopeka, KS (785) 267-1800
Ramada Inn Topeka420 E 6th StTopeka, KS (785) 234-5400
Residence Inn1620 SW Westport DrTopeka, KS (785) 271-8903
Senate Luxury Suites Hotel900 SW TylerTopeka, KS (785) 233-5050
Sleep Inn & Suites1024 SW Wanamaker RdTopeka, KS (785) 228-2500
Super 8 At Forbes Landing5922 SW Topeka BlvdTopeka, KS (785) 862-2222
Super 8 Motel - Topeka5968 SW 10THTopeka, KS (785) 273-5100
Topeka Courtyard2033 SW WanamakerTopeka, KS (785) 271-6165
Harrah's Prairie Band Casino12305 150TH RdMayetta, KS20.2 mi.(785) 966-7777
Baymont Inn & Suites740 Iowa StLawrence, KS22.7 mi.(785) 838-4242
Hampton Inn2300 W 6th StLawrence, KS22.9 mi.(785) 841-4994
Holiday Inn Convention Center200 Mcdonald DrLawrence, KS22.9 mi.(785) 841-7077
Econo Lodge2222 W 6th StLawrence, KS23.0 mi.(785) 842-7030
Super 8 Motel - Lawrence515 Mcdonald DrLawrence, KS23.0 mi.(785) 842-5721
Days Inn2309 Iowa StLawrence, KS23.3 mi.(785) 843-9100
Quality Inn801 IowaLawrence, KS23.4 mi.(785) 842-5100
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites3411 S IowaLawrence, KS24.0 mi.(785) 749-7555
Springhill Suites Of Lawrence1 Riverfront PlazaLawrence, KS24.2 mi.(785) 841-2700
Eldridge Hotel701 MassachusettsLawrence, KS24.3 mi.(785) 749-5011
Bismark Inn LP1100 N ThirdLawrence, KS24.4 mi.(785) 749-4040
Super 8 - Holton300 S ArizonaHolton, KS28.8 mi.(785) 364-1988

Topeka Weather & Climate

Eastern Kansas has cold winters and warm summers. Cold air from the north moves across flat plains, moderating as it travels southward. Hot winds from the south give the state very warm summers. Kansas has broad variations in precipitation, with the amount steadily decreasing from east to west. The eastern portion of the state averages 20 to 28 inches of precipitation per year. The area is prone to thunderstorms, especially in the springtime. Many of these storms become Supercell thunderstorms, which can spawn tornadoes, often of F3 strength or higher. Kansas has reported more tornadoes than any state except for Texas, with an average of 50 tornadoes annually.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 37°F 17°F 0.95 in. -
February 43°F 23°F 1.18 in. -
March 55°F 32°F 2.56 in. -
April 66°F 42°F 3.14 in. -
May 75°F 53°F 4.86 in. -
June 84°F 63°F 4.88 in. -
July 89°F 67°F 3.83 in. -
August 87°F 65°F 3.81 in. -
September 80°F 55°F 3.71 in. -
October 68°F 44°F 2.99 in. -
November 53°F 32°F 2.31 in. -
December 40°F 21°F 1.42 in. -

Topeka Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Forbes Field (FOE) located about 6 miles south of Topeka, the New Century Aircenter airport (IXD) located approximately 44 miles southeast of Topeka in Olathe, Kansas, the Manhattan Regional airport (MHK) located roughly 53 miles west of Topeka in Manhattan, Kansas, the Kansas City International airport (MCI) located around 54 miles east of Topeka in Kansas City, Missouri, and finally the Charles B Wheeler Downtown airport (MKC) located about 58 miles east of Topeka in Kansas City, Missouri.

Topeka Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JeepersOlatheKS47.6 mi.
Worlds of FunKansas CityMO59.1 mi.
Water Parks
Golfland-Sunsplash ParkOlatheKS47.6 mi.
Oceans of FunKansas CityMO59.1 mi.
Jacomo Lake Water SlideBlue SpringsMO75.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Forbes Golf CourseTopekaKS 
Lake Shawnee Golf CourseTopekaKS 
Sports Center Golf ComplexTopekaKS 
Topeka Public Golf CourseTopekaKS 
Western Hills Golf ClubTopekaKS 
Village Greens Golf CourseOzawkieKS17.1 mi.
Hidden Springs Golf CourseOverbrookKS19.8 mi.
Alvamar Golf ClubLawrenceKS24.6 mi.
Alvamar OrchardsLawrenceKS24.6 mi.
Eagle Bend Golf CourseLawrenceKS24.6 mi.
Holton Country ClubHoltonKS28.6 mi.
State Parks
Shawnee County State ParkKS12.4 mi. 
Perry State ParkKS13.6 mi. 
Delaware State ParkKS14.0 mi. 
Osage County State ParkKS19.3 mi. 
Clinton State ParkKS20.9 mi. 
Carbolyn State ParkKS26.1 mi. 
Pomona State ParkKS27.9 mi. 
Leavenworth County State ParkKS28.7 mi. 
Melvern State ParkKS37.3 mi. 
Kansas Museum of HistoryTopekaKS(History)
Constitution Hall State Historic SiteLecomptonKS15.2 mi.(History)
University of Kansas Museum of AnthropologyLawrenceKS24.4 mi.(History)
University of Kansas Natural History MuseumLawrenceKS24.4 mi.(Science)
Spencer Museum of ArtLawrenceKS24.4 mi.(Art)
Lanesfield School Historic SiteEdgertonKS41.0 mi.(History)
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State UniversityManhattanKS48.8 mi.(Art)
Goodnow House State Historic SiteManhattanKS48.8 mi.(History)
Kaw Mission State Historical SiteCouncil GroveKS51.3 mi.(History)
Johnson County Museum of HistoryShawneeKS51.4 mi.(History)
1950s All-Electric Model HouseShawneeKS51.4 mi.(Technology)
Shawnee Mission State Historic SiteFairwayKS56.2 mi.(History)
Children's Museum of Kansas CityKansas CityKS56.5 mi.(Children's)
Grinter Place State Historic SiteKansas CityKS56.5 mi.(History)
Kansas City MuseumKansas CityMO59.1 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Kemper Museum of Contemporary ArtKansas CityMO59.1 mi.(Art)
Nelson-Atkins Museum of ArtKansas CityMO59.1 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Topeka Zoological ParkTopekaKS 
Sunset Zoological ParkManhattanKS48.8 mi.
Emporia ZooEmporiaKS52.1 mi.
Kansas City Zoological GardensKansas CityMO59.1 mi.

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