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Northeast Kansas Blooms into Spring: A Road Trip Adventure Awaits!

Are you ready for an unforgettable spring break road trip? Look no further than Northeast Kansas, where the air is filled with the sweet fragrance of blooming tulips, and charming towns beckon with unique attractions and experiences! The Northeast region of Kansas promises a road trip adventure like no other. Check out these destinations you should definitely have on your map!

Kick off your road trip by taking on the 12 Months of Merriam Challenge! Merriam is the next door neighbor to Kansas City, and offers a unique and engaging activity encouraging both visitors and residents to explore its hidden gems! From history to art, dining to local shops, each month's challenge invites you to discover something new and exciting. Play along for one month or take part in all! To join the fun, visit and embark on a journey of exploration that will leave you with unforgettable memories, and might even yield you a prize!

Mark your calendars for April because Topeka will be in full bloom! Tulip Time is the event of the spring season every year, as locations city­wide fill up with hundreds of thousands of tulips. From cheerful yellow, to passionate red and pure pink, as well as wild two-toned beauties, the Capital City’s parks and gardens are all aglow in the springtime. Grab your camera and take in the bountiful blooms at locations like Gage Park, Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee, and Ward-Meade Park’s Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens at Ward-Meade Park also hosts an annual Tulips at Twilight nighttime event. It also hosts a similar event in the fall called Garden Glow which usually begins in September. For more information on Tulip Time visit

Take a detour to downtown Seneca for a taste of small-town charm and history. Stroll along the beautiful Main Street lined with boutiques, antique shops, home decor stores, unique restaurants, and more. Whether you're on the lookout for one of a kind finds or simply enjoying the ambiance, downtown Seneca has something for everyone.

While in Seneca, make sure to visit the Spring Creek Golf Course, one of Kansas's premier public golf courses. Surrounded by scenic views and well-maintained greens, it's the perfect spot for golf enthusiasts or those looking to enjoy a relaxing day outdoors. For more information on planning your visit to Seneca, check out and start envisioning the perfect day trip or weekend getaway.


Northeast Kansas invites you to embark on a spring break road trip filled with blooming tulips, charming small towns, and unique experiences. Whether you're conquering the 12 Months of Merriam Challenge, capturing the beauty of Tulip Time in Topeka, or exploring the treasures of downtown Seneca, this region promises a road trip adventure that will leave you with cherished memories. Pack your bags, hit the road, and let the beauty of Northeast Kansas unfold before you!

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