As the capital of Kansas, Topeka makes for a unique vacation destination. Its climate is one of the most volatile in the country, leaving tourists on their toes as wind, precipitation, and temperature varies from day to day. However, this element of climactic surprise just adds to Topeka's unpredictable charm. Flights to Topeka themselves are mesmerizing, providing passengers with a top-notch view of the patchwork of farmland characteristic in Kansas, a colorful quilt interrupted by sporadic splatters of cities. One of these will turn out to be Topeka. Stay alert, since you will soon begin your descent into the Topeka Regional Airport (FOE)—still sometimes referred to by its previous name, Forbes Field. Alternatively, you can fly into nearby Kansas City International Airport (MCI).
All direct Topeka flights land at the Topeka Regional Airport, less than a 20-minute drive from the city's center. Today's FOE lies on an historic army airfield, making your touchdown in Topeka intriguing from the start. Packages to Topeka can include a car rental portion, helping with your transportation from the airport; your hotel may provide it as well. If not, you can rent a car separately at the airport or find a taxi, although keep in mind taxis are sometimes scarce. Some travelers prefer to fly into the busier MCI, about an hour away from Topeka. Taxis and shuttle services are more prevalent here, where you can also rent a car. Another option is to hire a taxi to the Kansas City Amtrak station, and take a train—lasting about an hour and 45 minutes—to Topeka. It's a longer journey, but it is a great way to see the landscape.
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