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Situated on the banks of the Arkansas River, the community of Arkansas City is near the Kansas-Oklahoma border and makes it easy to travel between a variety of environments and communities. However, don’t let the name fool you; when in the area, make sure to pronounce the final "s" in Arkansas. This pioneer town is filled with history that mirrors that of the American expansion west, and when you rent an RV in the area, you are sure to get a stronger understanding of the Great Plains. When you’re visiting Arkansas City, you will be within easy reach to explore many of southern Kansas’ and northern Oklahoma’s forests, plains, lakes, and other unique habitats.
When you book an RV in Cowley County, you’ll be able to explore the historic and romantic Great Plains regions of the country. With miles of roads to explore and plenty of natural lands to enjoy, securing a motorhome rental in Arkansas City will create a truly memorable experience.
Just over the state border into Oklahoma is the Lake Ponca Park in Ponca City, Oklahoma. A short drive away, Lake Ponca Park is a great destination for those traveling during the summer. With three sections of the lake open to swimming, fishing, boating, and sunbathing, the park is a wonderful way to beat the heat. You can also enjoy the various nature trails that wind around the lake sections and learn even more about the Great Plains wildlife.
For an easy day trip, you can head east of town to the Elk City State Park in Independence, Kansas. At Elk City State Park, several ecosystems and habitats come together to create a natural oasis that is truly representative of Kansas and Great Plains wildlife. With oak woodlands and forests, rolling grasslands, and even a picturesque lake, you can escape to the wilderness and feel connected to the traditional Great Plains.
Another easy day trip is just over the border into Oklahoma at the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge near Cherokee, Oklahoma. This bizarre, unique landscape is the only salt plains region for hundreds of miles, and it is in very easy reach when you rent an RV in Arkansas City, KS. You can enjoy watching bison, whooping cranes, or even try your hand fishing for some catfish. If you’re traveling during the warmer months, you can even try your luck and do a little bit of salt crystal digging and see if you can find some interesting shapes.
To keep your Kansas adventure moving along, you are going to need to find an RV park so you can get some rest. Luckily enough, when you rent an RV in Arkansas City, there are several places in and around the area that are worth considering.
On the south edge of town is the Cherokee Strip Campground. At Cherokee Strip, guests will have access to full hookups, restroom and shower facilities, and laundry facilities. The campground is also pet-friendly.
Just west of town is the Oasis RV Park. At Oasis, guests will have electric hookups, restroom and shower facilities, and access to a dump site. Your four-legged friends are also welcome at this RV park.
When you secure a campervan rental in Arkansas City, you will want to set aside some extra time to explore the local community. There is plenty to learn about this pioneer town that you are sure to walk away knowing more about American history and have a fun time doing it.
After your long day in the Great Plains sun, you might want a relaxing night in. So head to the Burford Theatre to catch a show. With productions, concerts, and comedians both local and visiting performing here, you are sure to find something that will interest you.
If you want to learn more about the early history of the region, you can head north to the Cowley County Historical Society. You can view historical artifacts from every era of Cowley County’s history, see art from current artists, and enjoy model recreations of historic buildings. You will truly get a sense of what life has been like in this quintessential American pioneer community.
If you’re traveling with kids, you can spend the day at Island Park. A little north of town, Island Park is built on a human-made island and surrounded by a moat. With a giant playground, frequent events, and a weekly farmers' market, there is plenty to do for an afternoon.
When you’re spending time in Kansas, make sure to get your hands a little dirty with a true Kansas classic: baby back ribs. Smoked ribs, slathered with a savory sauce, are a staple to Kansas barbecue. Because almost every barbecue joint claims to have the best, you may just have to try several restaurants and see for yourself.
There comes a time in every RV excursion where you will need to restock and refuel to keep your journey going. When you book an RV rental in Arkansas City, you will not have any difficulty finding the supplies you need.