Topeka, Kan.

The oldest accredited art museum west of the Mississippi River, Mulvane Arts Museum – located on the campus of Washburn University – exhibits work ranging from student projects to pieces addressing social and political issues. The museum also has a permanent collection of more than 4,000 paintings, sculptures, photo prints and more, mostly from Kansas and the Midwest.
Get those motors going at Heartland Park Topeka, a motor sport racetrack that regularly hosts track races and drag racing. Weekly races throughout the summer occur on both the dirt track and road course.

The Kansas Museum of History is the perfect place to brush up on Sunflower State knowledge. The museum is home to such artifacts as Civil War battle flags, an 1860s-era stage coach and temperance warrior Carry Nation’s hammer. Themed exhibits highlight the colorful past of Kansas.

A more specific museum of history, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site pays homage to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended legal segregation in public schools. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the decision.

Chug over to the Great Overland Station, a museum and education center that celebrates Topeka’s railroad heritage. Photos, exhibits and costumed docents tell the story of the railroad as it expanded westward in a former Union Pacific Station.