The lure of the open road is a major part of America's story, and it doesn't get any better than the highways and byways of Kansas. Hop on the back of a motorcycle and head out to these great routes, attractions, and events around Wichita as recommended by our real estate agents.
- Kansas Motorcycle Museum - 120 N. Washington, Marquette, KS 67464
Located just over an hour away from Wichita, Kansas Motorcycle Museum is a must-see for anyone who rides. The museum honors the legacy of Stan "The Man" Engdahl, a Marquette legend for both his prolific racing career and his extensive civic service. Get an up-close look at more than 100 rare and vintage motorcycles, including Engdahl's #46 Harley-Davidson and a bike owned by Elvis Presley. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at 11 a.m. Admission is free, but donations to the non-profit organization are welcome.
- Cassoday Bike Run - 211 E. Main St., Cassoday, KS 66842
Enjoy quality riding time and make some new friends at the Cassoday Bike Run. This beloved tradition began in 1991 at the Cassoday Cafe, about 50 miles from Wichita when a group from the Christian Bikers Association was passing through town. They convinced the owner to open on Sundays to accommodate them during their rides, and the Cassoday Bike Run was born. While the cafe is no longer open, as many as 7,000 continue to attend the event on the first Sunday of each month from March to October.
- Big Dog Motorcycles - 4208 W. Bounous St., Wichita, KS 67209
One of the more iconic names in motorcycles makes its headquarters just minutes from Wichita homes for sale. Sheldon Coleman Jr. founded Big Dog Motorcycles in his garage, modifying Harley-Davidson bikes to create models such as "Old Smokey." Despite reaching more than $120 million in sales, the company was forced to close during the economic downturn of the early 2010s. But they kept working behind the scenes, and Big Dog recently came roaring back with new models like the Bulldog trike. Big Dog Motorcycles is open weekdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Historic Route 66 Byway
How many roads in America are famous enough to inspire their own TV show? In 2011, the 13.2-mile section of the highway that passes through Kansas was officially designated as Historic Route 66 Byway. Spanning the Missouri and Oklahoma borders in the southeast corner of Kansas, the byway features enough sights and attractions for a full day's trip. Pick up some deli sandwiches at Nelson's Old Riverton Store for a picnic at Schermerhorn Park. Be sure to get some postcard-worthy shots of the Marsh Arch Bridge and Tow Tater, a tow truck that served as the model for a "character" in Cars.
- Frontier Military Historic Byway
While it showcases a number of spots highlighting Kansas's past, the Frontier Military Historic Byway also includes some fascinating natural scenery. Traversing the eastern edge of the state, the byway runs 169 miles from Leavenworth in the north to the Oklahoma border on the south. Visit Fort Leavenworth, Fort Scott, and the Mine Creek Battlefield Site, where the only Civil War battle in Kansas took place. Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area, which translates to the less poetic-sounding "Swan Swamp," offers great opportunities for bird- and wildlife viewing.
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