Hotel at a Glance: Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center
This upscale Ramada hotel stands in the heart of downtown Topeka, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and the Kansas River. It features a stunning indoor fountain and design elements salvaged from the old governor's mansion, making it an officially recognized historic landmark.
- History lives on in the hotel's grand oak staircase, which once adorned the old governor's mansion.
- Rise and shine with eggs, sausage, toast, and potatoes from the complimentary breakfast buffet.
- Chow down on casual American fare at the onsite Madison Street Diner.
- Spend an evening at the live blues bar, Uncle Bo's, open on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Take a dip in the indoor pool or unwind in the sauna.
Topeka, Kansas: Capital City with Legendary Past
Topeka lies along the Kansas River, about an hour west of Kansas City. It’s home to the Kansas State Capitol, a classical stone building topped with a massive copper dome. The structure is well worth a visit, both for the history and notable works of art found here. These include a pair of famous murals by John Steuart Curry and a bronze statue entitled Ad Astra. Depicting a Kansa warrior, the piece takes its name from the state motto, Ad astra per aspera—“To the stars through difficulties.”
You can learn more about the state’s past at the Kansas Museum of History, which displays artifacts from the Kansa, Osage, and Pawnee tribes, as well as the oldest surviving locomotive from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.
One of the most famous names in Topeka history is Oliver Brown, the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case that ended segregation in American public schools. The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is housed in the formerly segregated Monroe Elementary School. The building has been restored to its 1954 appearance and contains numerous self-guided exhibits, including a 30-minute film that chronicles the years leading up to the case.