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The Historic Santa Fe Trail Highlights (Self Drive)
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This is a suggested independent itinerary that you customize. Please select the best flights, hotels, trains, activities, transportation and number of nights in each destination to fit your needs.
The Santa Fe Trail was the most important route to the West from the Missouri River to Santa Fe, New Mexico, before the era of the railroads. With this Self-Drive Package explore its main states and emblematic cities. Start in Missouri, visiting Kansas City (known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains), then, continue to Kansas State, with a stay in Dodge City (the gateway to the "West" history, became a rowdy town famous for its saloons, outlaws, and Boot Hill Cemetery). After that, drive to New Mexico, spending unforgettable moments in Raton Pass (was one of the most important, segments of the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail), and finally, Santa Fe (New Mexico's state capital city). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

This 7 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into Kansas City, MO and out of Santa Fe
  • Rental Car for 7 days
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Kansas City, MO
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Dodge City
  • Hotel for 1 night in Raton Pass
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Santa Fe
  • Driving Time
    Kansas City, MO - Dodge City: 5 hrs. 20 mins. approx.
    Dodge City - Raton Pass: 4 hrs. 45 mins. approx.
    Raton Pass - Santa Fe: 2 hrs. 45 mins. approx.


Related Cities:
Dodge City, KS (2)     Kansas City, MO (10)     Santa Fe, NM (9)     Raton Pass, NM (2)    
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1. Kansas City, MO
  56 hotels
2. Dodge City, KS
   (7 hotels)
3. Raton Pass, NM
   (9 hotels)
4. Santa Fe, NM
   (22 hotels)
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2 nights in Kansas City, MO

Kansas City sits on Missouri's western edge, straddling the border with Kansas. It's known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains. Downtown, the American Jazz Museum shares a building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with giant shuttlecocks out front, houses nearly 40,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary collections.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Worlds of Fun, Kansas City Zoo, National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, American Jazz Museum and much more.



2 nights in Dodge City, KS

Dodge City is in southwest Kansas. Boot Hill Museum celebrates the city's frontier past with a recreated Old West street, gunfight re-enactments and historic buildings, like the former Fort Dodge jail. Located at the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame, the Gunfighters Wax Museum features life-size sculptures of legendary figures Wyatt Earp and Sitting Bull. The Home of Stone Museum retains its original 1881 furnishings.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Boot Hill Museum, Wright Park Zoo, Wright Park, Ford County Lake and much more.



1 nights in Raton Pass, NM

The Raton Pass has served as an important transportation corridor since at least the start of the Santa Fe Trail in 1821. The pass has often been seen as a symbol of the trail’s hardships and of the boundary between Anglo and Hispanic cultures. The majority of the Trail followed one path, eventually splitting up into two branches in western Kansas: the Cimarron Route and the Mountain Branch. For some, discovering the Santa Fe Trail is a rewarding opportunity for reflection, while others enjoy the fantastic scenery it provides while uncovering the historical markers along the way.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Santa Fe Trail, Sugarite Canyon State Park, Raton Museum, Trinidad History Museum, Outdoor Adventure, and so much more.



2 nights in Santa Fe, NM

The picturesque city of Santa Fe is a vibrant and charming location, one of the worlds top travel destinations. Nestled between the mountains and the desert, the city is known for its scenic beauty and endless opportunities for outdoor activities. Discover the cities music and arts and entertainment scene with the Santa Fe Opera, interesting museums, and festivals like the Fiesta de Santa Fe. New Mexicos capital city, provides visitors with fantastic desert landscapes, incredible sightseeing opportunities, and cultural exposure that reminds us of what America is all about.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Georgia Ofeeffe Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis od Assisi, Santa Fe Plaza, Loretto Chapel and much more.





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Kansas City, MO
Day 1
Arrive to Kansas City, MO
Overnight in Kansas City, MO   56 hotels offered
Optional   15 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Kansas City, MO   56 hotels offered
Optional   15 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Kansas City, MO
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Dodge City, KS
Day 3
Arrive to Dodge City, KS
Overnight in Dodge City, KS   7 hotels offered
Day 4
Overnight in Dodge City, KS   7 hotels offered
Day 5
Departing from Dodge City, KS
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Raton Pass, NM
Day 5
Arrive to Raton Pass, NM
Overnight in Raton Pass, NM   9 hotels offered
Day 6
Departing from Raton Pass, NM
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Santa Fe, NM
Day 6
Arrive to Santa Fe, NM
Overnight in Santa Fe, NM   22 hotels offered
Optional   2 Things to do
Day 7
Overnight in Santa Fe, NM   22 hotels offered
Optional   2 Things to do
Day 8
Departing from Santa Fe, NM

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Kansas City, MO Hotels (56 total)
Dodge City, KS Hotels (7 total)
Raton Pass, NM Hotels (9 total)
Santa Fe, NM Hotels (22 total)


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Tours in Santa Fe, NM (2 total)


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Kansas City, MO
Kansas City sits on Missouri's western edge, straddling the border with Kansas. It's known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains. Downtown, the American Jazz Museum shares a building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with giant shuttlecocks out front, houses nearly 40,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary collections.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Worlds of Fun, Kansas City Zoo, National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, American Jazz Museum and much more.
Dodge City, KS
Dodge City is in southwest Kansas. Boot Hill Museum celebrates the city's frontier past with a recreated Old West street, gunfight re-enactments and historic buildings, like the former Fort Dodge jail. Located at the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame, the Gunfighters Wax Museum features life-size sculptures of legendary figures Wyatt Earp and Sitting Bull. The Home of Stone Museum retains its original 1881 furnishings.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Boot Hill Museum, Wright Park Zoo, Wright Park, Ford County Lake and much more.
Raton Pass, NM
The Raton Pass has served as an important transportation corridor since at least the start of the Santa Fe Trail in 1821. The pass has often been seen as a symbol of the trail’s hardships and of the boundary between Anglo and Hispanic cultures. The majority of the Trail followed one path, eventually splitting up into two branches in western Kansas: the Cimarron Route and the Mountain Branch. For some, discovering the Santa Fe Trail is a rewarding opportunity for reflection, while others enjoy the fantastic scenery it provides while uncovering the historical markers along the way.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Santa Fe Trail, Sugarite Canyon State Park, Raton Museum, Trinidad History Museum, Outdoor Adventure, and so much more.
Santa Fe, NM

The picturesque city of Santa Fe is a vibrant and charming location, one of the worlds top travel destinations. Nestled between the mountains and the desert, the city is known for its scenic beauty and endless opportunities for outdoor activities. Discover the cities music and arts and entertainment scene with the Santa Fe Opera, interesting museums, and festivals like the Fiesta de Santa Fe. New Mexicos capital city, provides visitors with fantastic desert landscapes, incredible sightseeing opportunities, and cultural exposure that reminds us of what America is all about.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Georgia Ofeeffe Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis od Assisi, Santa Fe Plaza, Loretto Chapel and much more.

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