Stay at our hotels in Topeka, the capital of Kansas. Explore this prairie state’s history, from the hallowed halls of the capitol building to the trials of the landmark court case Brown vs. Board of Education.
Our Topeka hotels are near the Kansas State Capitol building, with its green copper dome soaring into the wide-open Kansas sky. On a free tour of the capitol you’ll see a dramatic mural of abolitionist John Brown as well as the Senate and House chambers. A 1950s school for African American children is now home to the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site. Movies and photos detail how 13 Topeka parents challenged the Topeka Board of Education in 1951, declaring racial segregation in schools unconstitutional. Families at our hotels in Topeka will enjoy an afternoon at Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site. Cabins and restored churches from the 1800s are nestled among green parkland in downtown and a botanical garden has seasonal colorful blooms of tulips and dogwood trees.
West Ridge Mall sells big-name American brand clothing close to our Topeka hotels, while casual dining restaurants nearby satisfy with burgers, pizza and steak. Delis and cafes on Southwest Kansas Avenue near the capitol building keep the state’s bureaucrats well-fed at lunchtime. Restaurants downtown specialize in Kansas City-style barbecue, with a slightly sweet sauce slathered over beef brisket—though you’ll find golden fried chicken and juicy sirloin steak on menus throughout the city.
Book our Holiday Inn® hotels in Topeka for July's Fiesta Mexicana, a 5-day celebration of Hispanic heritage, with food fairs and live music. Visit year-round for events at Old Prairie Town. Celebrate the tulip bloom in April at Tulip Time and enjoy apples and other farm-fresh treats at the October Apple Festival.