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How to Rent an RV in Southeast Kansas

It may be flat, but Kansas, the breadbasket of the nation, has more going on than just wheat fields. My own first experiences with Kansas came from Laura Ingalls Wilder, perhaps the state's most famous author. Today, visitors to southeast Kansas can tour museums and historic homes, learn more about Kansas' famous residents like the aforementioned Mrs. Wilder and Buster Keaton, and participate in many outdoor activities at the state's parks and lakes.

photo credit: Little House on the Prairie Museum

RV Rental in Southeast Kansas

If you're going to rent an RV in southeast Kansas, RVshare can help you find one in the location and at the price you're seeking. Travel through farmland and past lakes and rivers in your RV rental in southeast Kansas -- there's really nothing like the sunset on the wide open prairie.

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Little House on the Prairie

Whether you were addicted to the TV show or loved the books growing up, most people have a soft spot for Ma, Pa, Laura, and her sisters. Visit the homestead from  Little House on the Prairie -- a museum now stands where the Wilder family lived in a one-room log cabin in 1870. The site is the birthplace of baby Carrie, and also has a one-room school house and a one-room post office and farmhouse from the same time period. The cabin that is now on the site was reconstructed using Laura Ingalls' own descriptions. Learn more about the Wilders and what life was like on the prairie in the 1870s, and take in the rustling prairie grasses and wildlife that live there.

Independence Historical Museum and Art Center

The Independence Historical Museum and Art Center shares the history of the area from the 1800's, when the town was known as "Hay Town," to the present day where the town holds more than 10,000 people. Exhibits share information on the first Native Americans who lived there, the early settlers, and later, the oil industry. You can visit an 1869 log cabin, a school classroom, the general store, the blacksmith shop, and more.

Elk City State Park

Elk City State Park near Independence is on the shores of 4,500 acre Elk City Reservoir. There is easy access to boat ramps, a swim beach, playgrounds, and hiking trails. You can see everything from open prairie to wooded hills and limestone bluffs. There are many trails to hike at the park, with plenty of native wildlife to see along the way including the large pileated woodpecker.

Where to Camp

Camp at Elk City State Park near Independence.

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David Traylor Zoo of Emporia

The Emporia Zoo aims to educate guests on the animals they see, and also to help with conservation. The zoo has botanical displays and a variety of animals including bison, lemurs, hedgehogs, and armadillos. The zoo is free, but visitors can purchase memberships to the Emporia Friends of the Zoo, which provides additional funding for projects.

Where to Camp

Camp at the Emporia RV Park.

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Johnston Geology Museum

Geology buffs can see a western Kansas Cretaceous mosasaur, a giant ground sloth, and a mastodon tusk among other displays at the Johnston Geology Museum. The museum, located on campus at Emporia State University, has 45 displays including a Tri-State Mining Display, petrified tree stumps, and the Hawkins and Calkins Indian Artifact Collections.

Where to Camp

Camp at the Emporia RV Park.

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Buster Keaton Museum

The Buster Keaton Museum in Piqua is one room of memorabilia related to the famous movie star. There are movie posters, articles, photographs, and a collection of movies on VHS tape which visitors may play. The Buster Keaton Celebration in late September in nearby Iola with movies accompanied by piano or an orchestra, presentations, interviews, panels, and often appearances by Keaton's descendants.

Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum

The Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum is the jumping off place for a tour of historic Baxter Springs. Get an overview of events involving the town at the heritage center and enjoy the exhibits -- admission is free. Then grab a map of self-guided driving tours of the area with twelve markers showing different actions that took place during the Battle at Baxter Springs and the massacre in 1863. The tour ends at the National Cemetary Plot which is dedicated to those who lost their lives during the battle. Visit Fort Blair as well -- a replicated frontier Civil War Fort that includes breastworks, brush harbor, and block house. The fort was attacked during the battle in 1863 by William Quantrill's soldiers.

Where to Camp

Camp just across the border in Missouri at Zan's Creekside Campground.

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Cherryvale Park

Cherryvale Park is on the banks of Big Hill Lake in the wooded countryside of southeast Kansas, an area known as the Little Ozarks. The lakeshore provides a variety of habitats for birds and mammals. Campers can picnic, go horseback riding, hike, swim, fish, and participate in a number of outdoor activities. The lake is also home to a variety of birds and other wildlife. The lake is known as a trophy lake for fishing, with largemouth bass, crappie, channel, catfish, and walleye among other fish. There is also a swim beach which is perfect for families wanting to cool off.

Where to Camp

Camping is available on-site at Cherryvale Park. 

Private RV Rentals in Southeast Kansas

Private RV rentals are a great way to see southeast Kansas. The state's sweeping prairies and importance in American history mean there's something for everyone to appreciate on a road trip there. Whether you relax beside a crystal blue lake, or swim, boat, and hike around it, you're sure to enjoy your time in southeast Kansas.

RV Rental Locations in Southeast Kansas

RVshare can help you find RV rental locations in southeast Kansas. The website has a search feature that will help you find a motorhome rental, travel trailer rental, or whatever you're looking for. You might even consider a one way RV rental -- rent a campervan or whatever vehicle you wish, drive it to your destinations, then fly home when your vacation is over. However you choose to vacation, you'll love experiencing it in an RV rental.


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