Military Tours and Reunions
As the capital of Kansas, Topeka offers the convenience of a big city with the exceptional service and friendly people of a small town. Museums, theaters, nature trails, unique shopping, art galleries and fantastic restaurants are located throughout the city, so you are never far from the action!
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- coordinate all details of your stay
- suggest complete itineraries
- book tour and finalize itinerary
- personally welcome your group
- provide Topeka goodies for overnight tours
There are many locations in Topeka and nearby that your military reunion might find interesting. Don't worry, we would be happy to arrange a spouse tour highlighting our unique shopping, attractions and other activities.
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Combat Air Museum
The Combat Air Museum is home to a wide variety of military aviation memorabilia housed in former Air Force hangars, spanning from WWI to present day, including aircraft engines, flight training simulators, and a military aviation art gallery.
Kansas Museum of History
Visit award-winning exhibits on colorful characters and everyday folks from Kansas' past. You'll see a full-sized Cheyenne tipi, a fully stocked covered wagon ready for a trip on the Oregon Trail, a 1950s diner, and a locomotive made in 1880 for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. Don’t miss the great collection of Civil War weapons and documents.
Museum of the Kansas National Guard
Don't miss your chance to see firsthand the artifacts, equipment, and materials from the 155-year history of the Kansas National Guard including a 35th Division Museum, indoor and outdoor equipment exhibits and the swamp tent from the TV show “M*A*S*H”.
Kansas State Capitol
This historic French Renaissance-style building is an impressive public monument as well as the working offices for the governor and legislators. A dramatic array of art, architecture, and colorful Kansas history can be found within these walls and on the 20-acre site. Free tours are available. Due to extensive restoration work, some areas of the Capitol may be closed to the public.
190th Air Refueling Wing
The 190th Air Refueling wing of the United States Air Force is an aerial refueling unit located at Forbes Field just south of Topeka, Kansas. Base tours are available.
Great Overland Station
The All Veterans Memorial at Great Overland Station features the Corridor of Flags and a dramatic sculptural flame centered above four reflecting pools, shimmering in the sun and glowing under the stars. Fifty American flags wave proudly above the flags of the fifty states, signifying American's unity of spirit. The restored Great Overland Station was formerly a Union Pacific Station.
Potawatomi Indian Reservation
Visit the Prairie Band Casino and the new Fire Keeper Golf Course, 20 miles north of Topeka on Highway 75. Stop by the Potawatomi County Veterans Memorial and learn about the Potawatomi Nation’s buffalo herd maintained on more than 400 acres of tribal land.
National World War I Museum
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in downtown Kansas City, Missouri inspires thought, dialogue, and learning to make the experiences of the World War I era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations. Kansas City, Missouri is 60 miles east of Topeka on Interstate 70.
The Frontier Army Museum collects and preserves artifacts that tell the story of the Frontier Army from 1804 to 1916, and Fort Leavenworth from 1827 to the present through the use of its collection of historical artifacts. Leavenworth is 65 miles northeast of Topeka.
Called “Home of the Big Red One” for its 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley is known for excellent training, abundant recreational opportunities, rich history and tremendous relations with surrounding communities. Fort Riley is located near Junction City, 70 miles west of Topeka on Interstate 70.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
Located in Abilene, Kansas the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum features personal and cultural history artifacts, creative onsite programs and memorials. Abilene is 90 miles west of Topeka on Interstate 70.
Spouse Activities - Enjoy a taste of Topeka!
Downtown Topeka features a variety of locally-owned restaurants and boutiques including Marion Lane Candles and Hazel Hill Chocolate. Make a premium soyflower candle with your favorite scent or shop Marion Lane's home decor items. Across the street, hear the history of Hazel Hill during a delicious chocolate-making
Serious shoppers can delight in Topeka! From unique antique stores to department stores and West Ridge Mall, Topeka has shopping in the bag.
Art, Theater, and History
With so many first-class attractions, Topeka has something for everyone. View the breathtakingly beautiful Tiffany Windows at First Presbyterian Church, explore a turn-of-the-century village at Old Prairie Town or enjoy a live performance at the Topeka Civic Theatre.
For an unusual treat, attend Chef Alli's demonstration cooking classes. Each class include
tastings, examples and recipes. Ride the mini train or historic carousel in scenic Gage Park or tour a local fruit farm.