Driving Tour: cruisin’ the capitol

Tuesday only. Leave the hotel 8am, return 6pm $46 per person, includes lunch, maximum 150 people

Our Driving Tour starts at the host hotel Tuesday morning. Hop in your Classic Cad, and we’ll caravan through some scenic Kansas byways on our way to visit the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. The Capitol has recently undergone a $332-million restoration which has renewed the already magnificent structure to a state of architectural glory unmatched in the country. Much artwork adorns the structure, including murals by John Steuart Curry. Get to the Grand National early so you won’t miss this activity.

Tour attendees will also get to see one of Topeka’s lesser-known treasures: the Tiffany stained-glass windows of the First Presbyterian Church. The church is right across the street from the Capitol.

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Lunch will be served at the Great Overland Station by the Fred Harvey Girls who enjoy sharing their knowledge of the historical Harvey Houses. During lunch, a costumed docent will give a historical talk concerning the renovated train station.

Daredevils in the group, and I assume this means everyone, will enjoy a stop at the nearby Evel Knievel Museum. In addition to the two floors of memorabilia, one attraction is a virtual-reality stunt-jump setup. Sit on a motorbike, plop on a headset, and experience what it’s like to jump over 15 police cars.

Speaking of renovations, driving-tour participants will enjoy a stop at a local resident Todd Williams’ car collection and auto restoration facility.

Rich Gibbs is your tour guide. He can be reached at :

tripleturbine@cox.net