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Manhattan is the county seat of Riley County, in the state of Kansas. It is a midsize city and is relatively easy to explore on foot, depending on where you're going to. It also means that the city has the best of both worlds, city creature comforts with small town hospitality. The area where it now sits was first settled in 1854 under the name “Polistra”.

In April of 1855, a group of New Englanders combined Polistra with neighboring Canton and renamed the new community Boston. A few months later, in June, a group of Ohio settlers heading for what is now Junction City ran their boat aground on the Kansas River, not far from Boston. They accepted an offer to join the community, on the condition that it be named Manhattan. The New Englanders agreed and it was incorporated as Manhattan on May 30, 1857. Today it is nicknamed “the little apple” (presumably a comparison to New York's or the Big Apple's Manhattan district) and no trip here would be complete without a photo of your Manhattan RV rental next to the city's welcome sign.

Manhattan is home to Kansas State University and has a university-town feel (lots of young adults burning off post-exam stress), although the students tend to congregate in a particular area of the city, Aggieville. Book an RV in Riley County and you can begin to enjoy the culture that is on tap here, both civilized and natural. Other cities within traveling range that can be enjoyed are Wamego, Randolph, Junction City, Herington, and Council Grove.

The Great Outdoors

At the south end of Tuttle Creek Lake, Cedar Ridge State Park and Tuttle Creek State Park are both gateways to the unbridled outdoors. Cedar Ridge is a popular spot for fishing and boating, while Tuttle Creek (on the reservoir rather than the lake) has swimming and fishing, archery, golf, horseback riding trails and more. Park your Manhattan motorhome rental nearby and you can step out of the lake and into some clean, dry clothes without batting an eye.

At the north end of Tuttle Lake, near Randolph, you have your choice of Fancy Creek State Park, Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area, and Randolph State Park. Fancy Creek and Randolph State Parks are good areas for hiking, remote and not too busy; Fancy Creek also has a shooting range. Tuttle Creek is a good area for wildlife observation; guests can see migratory shorebirds, waterfowl, whitetail deer, turkey, quail, doves, pheasants, and squirrels.

RV Parks

Kansas is a relatively flat state with no mountains and some rolling hills, but it still has ample natural vegetation to make the views scenic from your RV rental near Manhattan.

Tuttle Creek Cove COE has RV sites within walking/viewing distance of the adjacent lake. It has water and electric hookups. The campground is kid and pet-friendly; there is a playground on site for the young ones. There are restrooms and showers, and the campground is close to the city and restaurants.

Tuttle Creek State Park / River Pond Campground has a lot of campsites. It has a combination of RV & tent sites, plus cabins, but most of the sites are for RVs. Some of the sites have full hookups but most have water and electricity or electricity only. There are trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, picnic areas, volleyball courts, and restroom/shower facilities. There are shooting and archery ranges nearby, plus swimming at the beach.

Acorns Resort Cabins and RV Campground has RV sites plus tent camping and a handful of cabins. These sites have full hookup (water/sewer/electricity). The campground has restroom/shower/laundry facilities and an on-site store. Guests here can go fishing or hike the recreational trails.

Exploring The City

There is no shortage of things to do when exploring the area with a camper rental in Manhattan, KS, starting with museums and zoos, and continuing with the local discovery center, where you can learn about what you've seen at the museums and zoos in more detail. There are art museums and a vineyard that refers to itself as “liquid art”. There is a pottery and painting studio where guests can observe or join in, two farmers markets and three golf courses (not counting the solo mini-golf course). All of these will endow fond memories when the trip is done, so don't forget to bring your camera.

When the dinner bell rings, Manhattan answers. Local establishments include but aren't limited to a bourbon baker, a brewery and a pub diner. Cuisines on offer are Japanese (with some outlets focusing specifically on sushi, others on more mainstream Japanese dishes), Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean, British, Mexican, Cajun, Pizzerias and more. Prices range from cheap eats to moderately priced, although some nicer restaurants may have more expensive items on the menu.

You always have the option of ordering something for takeout or grab some groceries and whip up something delicious in your Manhattan luxury RV rental for consumption on your lawn or camping chairs next to your RV, looking up at the heavens. And smiling. Don't forget to smile.

RV Rentals in Manhattan, KS

Manhattan, KS is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Manhattan. Outdoorsy's Manhattan RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Manhattan are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, George Washington Carver National Monument, White Alloe Creek Conservation Area, Elk City State Park, and De Soto National Wildlife Refuge.

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What's around Manhattan, KS


Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

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Clinton Lake North Shore Loop Lawrence Kansas
Konza Godwin Hill Loop Trail Manhattan Kansas
Gary L. Haller National Recreation Trail Shawnee Kansas
Indian Cave Trail Falls City Nebraska

Nearby Campgrounds

Tuttle Creek State Park

campground Manhattan, KS
Tuttle Creek State Park offers four camping areas - River Pond, Cedar Ridge, Fancy Creek and Randolph - make up the 1,200 - acre park. Electric and water hookups, a swimming beach, boat ramps, courtesy docks, and dump stations are available. Campgrounds contain 159 water/electric campsites, 8 electric/water/sewer campsites, 24 electric-only campsites, 20 electric sites with community water at the Randolph Area horse campground and 500 primitive campsites. Eleven cabins are offered at Tuttle Creek State Park. Each cabin offers a full kitchen with basic pots and pans, table service for six, a full bathroom, heating, A/C, picnic tables, grill and fire-ring. Reservations can be made by contacting the park office or online. Tuttle Creek has numerous nature trails, a mountain biking trail, and a scenic equestrian trail offer explorers a variety of routes to experience the aesthetic Flint Hills environment. Camping guests will also enjoy the scenic picnic areas, an 18-hole disc golf course, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and conveniently placed restroom and shower facilities accommodate park visitors.

Deer Creek Valley RV Park

campground Topeka, KS
In a quiet setting just off I-70 in Topeka, Kansas, near major shopping centers, restaurants and other equally important services, you'll find the Deer Creek Valley RV Park. Along with beautiful landscaping and surrounded by trees, the fully fenced park has a security gate, and is just a short ride from Lake Shawnee where you can enjoy fishing, boating, jet skiing, paddle boating, and a beautiful hiking and biking trail around the entire lake. The huge, level concrete pull throughs include roomy patios and all the hookups you'll need, which will make your stay here as comfortable as you could wish for on an RV road trip. The restrooms are fully automatic, with great water pressure and hot showers, and the laundry is housed in the same building. A swimming pool, playground and large fenced pet play area is available on site, and there are strict rules against barking dogs ? great news for people who value their sleep.

Owl's Nest Campground

campground Junction City, KS
Live, camp, or just stop over for a few hours at Owl?s Nest Campground, which has provided a relaxed, friendly oasis for a variety of travelers since 2004. The campground is only a twenty-five minute drive from central Manhattan, and is conveniently close to the Fort Riley military base and the Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery. Several lakes are within twenty miles of the park that offer excellent fishing opportunities. Each spacious site can accommodate virtually any sized rig, and is equipped with trees for shade and picnic tables. Short term guests can enjoy electrical hookups, and full utility services are available for long term visitors. Amenities for everyone include 24 hour free WiFi, a group picnic shelter, coin-operated laundry facilities, free showers, and a sauna. There are also two fully-furnished cabins available for rent if you need a break from the recreational vehicle. Mail delivery and propane refills are available upon request.

Turtle Creek State Park

campground Manhattan, KS
The Turtle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kansas is 1,200 acres and made up of four units including River Pond, Cedar Ridge, Fancy Creek, and Randolph. There are electric and water hookups, a swimming beach, boat ramps, courtesy docks, and dump stations for all guests at the park. The facility has 159 campsites with water and electricity. There are eight campsites with electric, water, and sewer, and 24 electric only campsites. There are 20 electric sites with community water at the Randolph Area horse campground and 500 primitive campsites. At Tuttle Creek State Park, there are eleven cabins with full kitchens, basic cookware, table service for 6, a full bathroom, heating, A/C, picnic tables, a grill, and fire ring. The park has wonderful excursions available including nature trails, a mountain biking trail, a scenic equestrian trail, and so much more. The waterways in the vicinity have excellent fishing opportunities.

The Goodnow House

attraction Manhattan, KS
Kansas played a pivotal role in the years leading up to the Civil War. It earned the nickname ?Bloody Kansas? because of the violence between those who wanted to keep it a freestate and those who wanted to turn it into a slaveholding state. Kansas is where the abolitionist John Brown first gained notoriety in his struggle against slavery. The Goodnow House tells the story of freestaters who founded Manhattan. Isaac Goodnow and his wife, Ellen, built this unique stone farmhouse. He started the Kansas State Teachers Association and established the college that became Kansas State University. Visitors to the Goodnow House will about what life was like during the turbulent years in Kansas. They will also learn more about the Goodnows at this native stone residence and barn. The Goodnow Hose is open Tuesday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm.

Konza Prairie Biological Station

attraction Manhattan, KS
Less than ten miles south of central Manhattan is the Konza Prairie Biological Station, a unique venue that combines compelling natural history with scientific study and biological preservation. The site is jointly owned and operated by the Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University, and acts as a field research station for the university?s school of biology. This precious ecological preserve is much more than simply grassland. This area represents the largest portion of unplowed, tall-grass prairie on the entire continent, and serves as a nature preserve for a variety of flora and fauna. This accommodates a herd of bison along with animals that include birds, fish, and reptiles. The public is allowed access portions of the site through a network of looping hiking trails, and once a year the preserve holds a Biennial Visitors' Day that allows visitors to access other parts of the preserve and conducts guided walking tours.

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