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Fun on one tank: Check out these family getaways without revisiting the gas station

The OZ Museum in Wamego is among the locales your family can visit on one tank of gasoline.

The OZ Museum in Wamego is among the locales your family can visit on one tank of gasoline.

October 13, 2008

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The Garden of Eden is in Lucas, about 200 miles west of Lawrence.

The Garden of Eden is in Lucas, about 200 miles west of Lawrence.

A statue dedicated to Amelia Earhart, in Atchison.

A statue dedicated to Amelia Earhart, in Atchison.



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Sure, it hurts to fill up the gas tank nowadays. Maybe that cross-country trip is out. Maybe higher airline tickets are making an extravagant family vacation less of an option, too.

But that one tank of gas in your vehicle can still get you to plenty of family fun.

We figured some of the destinations you could enjoy on one tank of gas - round trip. We assumed you and your family have a Honda Odyssey minivan, which can travel 483 miles on one tank of gas.

That'll get you 241 miles outside Lawrence - and 241 miles back.

¢ Atchison (106 miles round trip)

Attractions: Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum and St. Benedict's Abbey.

More information: www.atchisonkansas.net

¢ Branson, Mo. (480 miles)

Attractions: Silver Dollar City and Celebration City theme parks, Titanic Museum, Hollywood Wax Museum and many shows.

More information: www.branson.com

¢ Des Moines, Iowa (466 miles)

Attractions: Iowa Cubs AAA baseball, Blank Park Zoo, Iowa State Capitol, National Balloon Museum, Science Center of Iowa

More information: www.seedesmoines.com

¢ Hays (464 miles)

Attractions: Sternberg Museum of Natural History and Historic Fort Hays.

More information: www.haysusa.com

¢ Kansas City

Attractions: Royals and T-Bones baseball, Wizards soccer, Worlds of Fun, Oceans of Fun, Kansas City Zoo, Toy and Miniature Museum and Wonderscope Children's Museum.

More information: www.visitkc.com

¢ Lucas (398 miles)

Attraction: Garden of Eden folk art

More information: www.garden-of-eden-lucas-kansas.com

Marceline, Mo. (328 miles)

Attraction: Walt Disney Hometown Museum

More information: www.marceline.org

Omaha, Neb. (414 miles)

Attractions: Omaha Children's Museum, Henry Doorly Zoo and Strategic Air & Space Museum.

More information: www.visitomaha.com

St. Joseph, Mo. (144 miles)

Attractions: Jesse James Home Museum, Pony Express National Museum and Society of Memories Doll Museum.

More information: www.stjomo.com

Tallgrass National Prairie Reserve (196 miles)

Attractions: Flint Hills guided tours, historic house tours and trail hiking.

More information: www.nps.gov/tapr

Topeka: (56 miles)

Attractions: Topeka Zoo, State Capitol, Brown v. Board National Historic Site & Museum and Kansas History Museum.

More information: www.visittopeka.travel

Wichita (324 miles)

Attractions: The Sedgwick County Zoo, Botanica gardens, the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, Museum of World Treasures and the Wichita Art Museum.

More information: www.visitwichita.com

Comments

texburgh 6 years, 2 months ago

The Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Missouri makes the list but the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson does not?Suggestions in KC do not include the science museum at Union Station, the Steamboat Arabia, the American Jazz Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, or the WWI Museum?What's with this article? Did Terry just jot down whatever came to mind in five minutes? It sounds like it was written on a cocktail napkin while waiting for a friend to show up at the bar. Perhaps next time the LJW could put some thought into an article.

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