Travel Spotlight on Atchison, Kansas, and Its 8 Best Attractions

Hopper's travel guide to Atchison features its top 8 attractions, restaurants and bed and breakfasts, and has travel tips and photos from local bloggers.

Hopper Editors - Oct. 26, 2017

Originally founded as a political stronghold for the Senator David Rice Atchison (who is the town’s namesake) in 1854, Atchison itself subsequently developed into a thriving kingpin of America’s industrial heartland, becoming rich from the flour, flax and grain that grew easily on the vast agricultural plains of the Missouri River. Today it is perhaps best known as the birthplace of the legendary American aviator, Amelia Earhart, famed for her daring trans-Atlantic flights and ground-breaking career that eventually culminated in her mysterious and much-debated disappearance mid-flight. In homage to this heroic daughter of Atchison the town is now home to a birthplace museum and number of dedicated monuments, while other cultural offerings include historical expositions of Atchison’s railroad past and a magnificent array of authentic Victorian architecture.

Discover heroism in the skies at the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

This classically decorated cottage is a pristine example of high-Victorian architecture and was once the home of Atchison’s best-known female protégé, the famous aviator Amelia Earhart. Visitors are invited to come and discover the place where the first woman to complete a solo trans-Atlantic flight grew up, and understand why she always had such a close connection to this unassuming Kansas town.

Honoring our flying professionals at the International Forest of Friendship

Inaugurated in 1976 as a monument to the joint fields of aerospace and aviation, the Forest Friendship enjoys a serene spot on the hills above Lake Warnock. Come here to enjoy an interesting and peaceful patchwork of various tree species, each sourced from right across the states and number of countries worldwide, to stand as testimony to the far-reaching nature of the wood’s honorific message.

Discover high Victorian charm at the Muchnic Art Gallery

The magnificent Victorian exterior of the Muchnic Art Gallery’s Queen Anne building is usually enough to awe visitors entirely, but the meticulously curated interior is littered with elaborate furnishings and classic decoration that’s also truly astounding. Visitors pay keen attention to the enthralling array of stained glass window art and the stunning, mahogany carved adornments that embellish the residence throughout.

Paolucci's Restaurant, Deli & Lounge is a culinary institution in the heart of Atchison

Towards the end of the 19th century the Paolucci family established their first inn in Atchison. Little over a century later it has now grown into one of the best-loved local eateries in town, serving a variety of freshly prepared dishes that still retain all the hallmarks of their Italian origins. The menu is a mish-mash of Mediterranean classics and all-American creations, complete with plenty of vegetarian options and an extensive drinks card.

Tuck U Inn at Glick Mansion Bed & Breakfast: A home away from home

As much a quirky collection of Victorian antiques as a welcoming bed & breakfast, the endearing owners of Tuck U Inn at Glick Mansion have acquired a reputation for hospitality in the extreme. Quiet and peaceful surroundings are complemented by a screened porch that’s perfect for wallowing away the days, while the home cooked breakfasts simply couldn’t be better!

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