Flights to Topeka
The capital of Kansas, the city of Topeka gets its unusual name from the local Native American tribe’s words for “digging good potatoes”. The city is in the northeast part of the state, and situated on the Kansas River. Though it is the capital, Topeka is not the largest city in Kansas. That honour belongs to Wichita.
There is no major airport in Topeka, and the closest is Kansas City International Airport (airport code: MCI). Travellers can take a regular shuttle service to Topeka from Kansas City. Flights to Topeka from South Africa are indirect with at least one connection. Delta Air Lines provides travellers with one stop flights to Topeka from South Africa. Airlines including Air France, Virgin Atlantic Airways, United Airlines, British Airways, and BMI provide flights to Topeka from South Africa via two stops.
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The Tourist Attractions in Topeka:
Kansas State Capitol
The impressively large state capitol building has one of the largest capital domes in the US and the dome is open to the public for tours every day on the half hour. This interesting tour is certainly worth a visit.
The mid-sized Topeka Zoo is located in Gage Park, toward the north part of Topeka. The zoo is one of the most popular attractions in Topeka. They have exhibits with birds of prey, black bears, jungle cats, waterbirds and the tropical rainforest. Animals such as elephants, giraffes, hippos, lemurs and apes are all found at the Topeka Zoo.
Ward-Meade Park Botanical Gardens
The botanical gardens offer a very relaxing spot to go for a walk and enjoy the more than 500 different kinds of flowers, shrubs and trees that grow in the 2.5 acre grounds. They are all labelled with their botanical names, and there is a water garden as well. Benches and a gazebo let you sit and enjoy the park.
Kansas Museum of History
This is the state history museum for Kansas, and it showcases the history of the state from prehistoric times until today. There are numerous exhibits that include the Native American heritage of the area, and there is also a focus on the Civil War era. The museum holds a full-sized Cheyenne tipi, along with a locomotive engine with two cars and a 1950s diner. The museum is on SW Sixth Avenue in the west end of Topeka.
Reinisch Rose Garden
Along with the Topeka Zoo, the Reinisch Rose Garden is in Gage Park. There are more than 400 different kinds of roses growing in the park and over 6,500 actual plants. To see the most blooms, you should visit the park from late May to early June, and then again in early September. The Doran Rock Garden is also nearby.
Combat Air Museum
The Topeka Combat Air Museum is popular with aircraft enthusiasts. There are 33 aircraft on display, ranging from WWI planes to modern-day aircraft. Exhibits also include various aircraft engines and other related artefacts. The museum is in Forbes Field, south of the city.
When Should You Visit?:
The hottest months in Topeka are July and August when the temperature can easily reach over 31C (87F). June is only just slightly cooler at 29C (84F). The rainiest periods are spring and summer, so the milder and drier months are in the fall. September and October are the most pleasant months for visiting Topeka.