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