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We plan to head to the Niagara Falls area, leaving from Kansas, near the first of August. We are still in the early stages of travel in our RV and so appreciate the input from those who have already made similar trips and can help us out. Right now, we are thinking about taking US50 to Indiana or Ohio where we would like to begin heading north then on east toward our final destination. We prefer the by-ways and highways not the Interstates, and taking it slow and easy with maximum 250 miles per day. Also if there are any campgrounds, things to see or do, or special restaurants, we appreciate those comments as well. Thank you so much in advance for any information.

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Welcome to the forums! Good to have you be part of this and we will do our best to help & support you.


As I still have family in KS I do quite a lot of travel via the area and based upon your choice of US50 I'll assume that you live somewhere in the southern 1/3 of the state? I often start a trip with a stop in the Wichita area, In July we will be first in Wichita and then spend some time on a family farm located between Cottonwood Falls and Council Grove. I like US50 and consider it to be a very good highway, although I've not traveled it east of the KS border now in several years so can't address current conditions, but would expect that it will be a good choice. You will have some city driving when in the St. Louis area but the bypass south was not too bad as long as you avoid the rush hour periods. If you enjoy small-town America the route does have many very interesting ones and I'd encourage you to take the time to stop in some of them. The route will not be fast but if you have ample time, I really think that it can be a lot of fun and relaxing.


As you check out the options, we have traveled much of both US56 and also US36 and they were also good choices. We found that US40 is only a good alternative if you use I-70 and just want a break from it. Most of it is much too close to the interstate system.

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We have travelled the entire length of US-56 several times in both directions and it is a good road with several interesting places to visit in Kansas and West. However, in the East bound direction it ends in Kansas City, MO. Traveling on US-50, we use the southern loop interstates to get past both Kansas City and Saint Louis. US-54 from Southern Kansas will miss both Kansas City and St. Louis or you can pick it up from US-50 in Jefferson City and then connect with US-36 just East of Hannibal avoiding St. Louis.

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