Wichita is one of the big cities of Kansas that grew rapidly since its humble origins. It originated as a Cowtown and emerged as one of the largest cities of the state. Wichita possesses a unique blend of nature, history, and culture with many accolades to its name that are worth exploring.
Wichita is home to Kansas’ most visited attraction, the Sedgwick County Zoo, which also happens to be the seventh largest in the nation. It is also a self-titled Air Capital of the World, seeing as over half of the world’s aviation is built in this city.
While there are many roads that lead from Wichita to Mount Nebo State Park, we believe Intersection-135 is the best route to take as it cuts through Oklahoma and offers many roadside attractions to keep the trip spicy and entertaining.
Mount Nebo State Park in Arkansas is a stunning state park, situated on the crest of the 1,350-foot Mount Nebo. The entire park is a fascinating blend of rustic charm and nature. The cabins, bridges, and pavilions are very 19th century and bucolic in style.
The top two outdoor activities enjoyed in the state park include 14-miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. We suggest packing your biking gear in your RV to not miss out on this opportunity.
Haysville, KS, is a suburban town of Wichita and only a 20-minute drive from the city center. To make your first stop right outside the city might seem premature, but the town has too much to offer to just drive by. The district is small and often overshadowed by Wichita, but those who miss it make a mistake, considering that Haysville has a rich history and a lot of stories to tell.
Often dubbed as the Peach Capital of Kansas, Haysville is where the world’s first Batwing Gas Station was established in 1954. At the time, this district was just a small farming community and this gas station was futuristic and full of possibilities.
If you’re with kids, head to the Riggs Park, Plagens-Carpenter Park, or the Pear Tree Park to stretch a bit, enjoy the quietness of the town, stock up, and hit the road again. If you’re hungry, we’d also suggest trying the famous El Mexico Café situated between Haysville and Wichita.
When you are on a road trip with kids, you can never skip out on an opportunity to have some fun in the water. Fortunately, on your way to Mount Nebo State Park, you’ll come across Sun N Fun Waterpark in Ponca City, Oklahoma. The family-friendly waterpark offers numerous activities for the kids and the parents to enjoy and create cherished memories together.
The wave pool allows you to enjoy swimming in over 200,000 gallons of water, keeping you cool in the summers. The twisting River Coaster ride gives you an adrenaline rush, you’ll crave again and again. Then there’s the Blue Banana body slide, the Challenger slide, and the Twister slide that will make you feel like a kid again.
When you are physically tired but want to spend more time in the water, head to the Lazy River where you can take a slow and relaxing ride down the slow stream of water, almost as if you are floating.
Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK, houses an exquisite collection of historic art as well as contemporary modern art. This rich collection isn’t the only attention-grabbing thing about the Philbrook Museum of Art; the building used for this collection is a work of art itself.
The structure called the Philbrook Villa was once home to oilman Waite Phillip and Genevieve Phillips and had all the grandeur and opulence of the 1920s architect. When the structure was passed onto the city of Tulsa, it was restored to its original beauty in order to house over 8,500 works of art including the handworks and artifacts of the Native Americans.
Even after you have admired all of the artworks and the structure, the museum has more for you. The museum is surrounded by formal and informal gardens, a part of these manicured gardens was also inspired by the Italian gardens, Villa Lante style.
Clayton House is a little-known gem in Fort Smith, which makes it all the more fun to explore. Here, you can completely immerse yourself in history and find yourself in a different day and time as you walk through the authentic Victorian-era home open to the public.
The house was built in 1852 by Mr. Sutton, way before William Henry Harrison Clayton purchased it in 1882 and relocated his family so that he could support the restoration of peace and justice to the Indian Territory. Clayton renovated the house and gave it a Victorian Gothic Italianate style.
Between the time Sutton abandoned the house due to the Civil War and Clayton purchased it, it was used as a Union Army Hospital. As a result, the house is immersed in ghost stories and many paranormal activities have been reported by the working staff at the museum.
Can you imagine camping and spending blissful days atop the 1,350-foot high Mount Nebo and gazing upon the sweeping vistas of Arkansas River and the surrounding nature down below? You’ll know exactly what we’re talking about when you reach Mount Nebo State Park and set camp.
The park has a very country-like ambiance to it, mainly because of all the fixtures, bridges, trails, and cabins that were constructed from the native stones, rocks, and logs of Mount Nebo. From your perch on Mount Nebo, you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of Mount Magazine in the west and Petit Jean Mountain in the east.
One can explore the picturesque beauty and get a closer view of mountain scenery via the many miles of well-developed hiking and biking trail found in the state park.