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Old 04-30-2019, 10:22 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Will be driving cross country delivering car from Maryland to Northern California (June). Route has already been planned for stops in Roanoke, VA, Asheville, NC, Nashville and Memphis, TN", then on to Fort Smith, Arkansas. What is best route from Fort Smith to Denver - via Oklahoma City and Amarillo; via northern Oklahoma (possible stop in Guymon), or cut up through Tulsa and stay night in Salina, KS and then west on I70

I plan to take two days and want a reasonably scenic but not too slow route.
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Old 04-30-2019, 12:32 PM
 
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I would do the Ft Smith-Tulsa-Salina route. Most of the moderately larger cities north of Wichita have pretty good amenities. You could easily make to Hays on the first leg of the trip. There is mostly just rolling hills out there.
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Old 05-03-2019, 07:39 PM
 
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I would probably go west through Wichita and through Dodge City, Garden City and Pueblo and then north into Denver. It will be a little more interesting and broken up more by the towns. I would stay in Dodge City, or Lamar.
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Old 05-04-2019, 01:31 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I've done the cross country trip once and one random place in Kansas that I really enjoyed was Lake Wilson outside of Junction City, beautiful blue water in the middle of the hills.

Also there is a spot outside of Oakley with a statue commemorating the spot where Buffalo Bill got his nickname during a historic hunt. There was also a prairie dog farm in Oakley, not sure if its still there that had a collection of cool animals.

I did the drive years ago from Baltimore to Los Angeles and back on different routes.
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Old 05-05-2019, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Overland Park, Kansas
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I would probably go west through Wichita and through Dodge City, Garden City and Pueblo and then north into Denver. It will be a little more interesting and broken up more by the towns. I would stay in Dodge City, or Lamar.
I second this. Much more scenic than I-70 and offers interesting stops at The Big Well, Wichita Old Cow Town, Dodge City, Sandsage Bison Range Wildlife Area Buffalo Herd in Garden City, and then you can easily get up to Denver either by taking 50 to Pueblo then up or cutting up from I-70 from Garden City on US 83 or up to Limon from Lamar, CO.
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I'd think Dodge City would be worth a couple hours if you haven't been there before. Probably the most famous city in the west during the last half of the 19th century.
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Old 05-06-2019, 07:13 AM
 
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I would skip the Dodge City route and and go from Salina. You can stop in Lindsborg , a Swedish with 4-5 art galleries, boutiques a beautiful Inn (recently renovated) . As the New York Times said last year when it featured Central Kansas for a weekend trip, “you can skip Wichita and just stay in Lindsborg.”
Next go to Abilene, The Eisenhower Presidential Library and more Western his than Dodge City. Hays , KS is home to the Sternberg Museum Of Natural History. Ft Hays is where Custer was and is well preserved.
Monument Rocks, chalk pyramids, Smoky Valley Ranch( a A Nature Conservancy Location, just beautiful.
Fort Wallace, far western Kansas and south of i70. Had done a tremendous job preserving and presenting its western heritage. They have events all the time with historians from all over the US.

Dodge City has done a tremendously poor job preserving and presenting its western history. Their is nothing left that is original. Tombstone, AZ is much better. Guymon is a dump, to be blunt.
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:02 PM
 
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Kansas takes a while to cross east to west. I would take the fastest route and take in what ever sights are along that route.
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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It depends on how much time the OP has ta blow. I'd just bop across Highway 70 if time was of the essence. Stop at interesting Castle Rock, 20 miles south of Quinter, if you need a break from the monotony of Highway 70. I'll say this, Highway 70 cruises nice. You'll make really good time on that highway.
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Riley Co
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Default Driving across Kansas: A Guide to I-70

In the OP's scenario, I-70 is the way to go. When getting thru KS is the goal, I can't rec any 2-lane highway route.

@elkotronics metioned Castle Rock, a good idea. Perhaps Garden of Eden - Lucas, Kansas IF a longer break is desired.

Ted Cable, former KSU Natural Resource Mgmt prof has a guide to I-70 (gave my wife a copy, but haven't read it myself).

Driving across Kansas: A Guide to I-70 by Ted Cable
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