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Lawrence (Kansas)

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Lawrence [36]is the sixth largest city in the state of Kansas and the county seat of Douglas County, Kansas. It is located in northeastern Kansas next to Interstate 70, along the banks of the Kansas and Wakarusa Rivers, 30 minutes west of Kansas City and 20 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital. Lawrence is a college town and is the home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University. Lawrence provides a mix of academics, bohemia, and small-town Kansas kitsch.

View of downtown Massachusetts St.


There is no denying the overwhelming wealth of history Lawrence has to offer. The history of Lawrence dates back to 1855, when the newly-founded town was caught in between the North and South during the Civil War. Tensions were high between the new settlement, which was intent on remaining a Free State, and the state of Missouri, which was pro-slavery. Lawrence sustained Quantrill's Raid, numerous fires, and guerilla attacks, but always rebuilt and kept fighting.


Lawrence is rich in history, full of quirks and charms, and overflowing with arts, culture, academia, sports, and music. Many unique characteristics draw people from all over the world visit, learn, and live here. Lawrence is a blend of casual Midwest kindness and proud, liberal tendencies. The streets running north and south are named after the states in the order they were admitted into the union, and it takes no time at all to remember which are which. Massachusetts Street was selected to be the main drag as a nod to the original settlers that came from Massachusetts. Today, Mass St. is line with boutiques, bistros, bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants and live music venues. Friday night sees the street abuzz with students, visiting parents, families and basketball fanatics. Take Saturday afternoon to walk up and down both sides of the street-stopping for lunch and then dinner, of course.

The University of Kansas is known for it's beautiful campus on the hill that not only includes academic buildings, but also the Museum of Natural History and the Spencer Art Museum. If you’re lucky, you can score tickets to see the legendary Jayhawks basketball team play in Allen Fieldhouse, the loudest college basketball arena in the country. If you are a basketball fan, or just want to experience what a game in historic Allen Fieldhouse is like, you cannot pass up the opportunity. Don’t forget to check out the Booth Family Hall of Athletics and the original rules of basketball in the DeBruce Center, which is attached to the fieldhouse.

If you go to Google Maps and zoom in as far as you can, you will find yourself in Lawrence, Kansas, because the co-inventor of Google Maps was born here. His childhood home is the center of Google Earth, and the people of Lawrence tote this as just one of many lovable quirks this town has to offer.

Get in[edit]

When the time is right and the sunflowers burst into life, people flock to the fields for a photo-op.

By car[edit]

  • Interstate 70. On the north edge of town.
  • State Highway 10. Access from southwest metropolitan Kansas City on the south edge of town.
  • US 24 and US 40. East-west access from Topeka and Kansas City (24 immediately north of town and 40 through the center of town).
  • US 59. North-south access from Ottawa and Atchison through the center of town.

By train[edit]

  • Amtrak. Provides daily service via the Southwest Chief [37] route. The westbound train (from Chicago bound for Los Angeles) stops at 12:32AM and the Eastbound train (from LA to Chicago) stops at 5:49AM.

By plane[edit]

  • Kansas City International Airport (MCI) 46 miles east-northeast is the closest airport to Lawrence with commercial airlines operating, and is a major Southwest hub. Service is also available on major airlines to large domestic hubs such as Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Memphis, Detroit, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Cleveland, New York, Houston, and others.
  • Lawrence Municipal Airport (LWC) is a small airfield with no scheduled service and accommodates only corporate and private jets.

Get around[edit]

The Lawrence Transit System is offered through a partnership between the City of Lawrence and the University of Kansas. Lawrence Transit System and KU on Wheels provide safe, convenient, affordable, reliable and responsive public transportation. Learn more about routes, schedules, fares and more at SafeRide and SafeBus are available for University of Kansas students. To schedule a SafeRide trip, call 785.864.SAFE (7233). Safebus schedules are available at

The city is also relatively bike-friendly, but remember the giant hill you may have to work around! Rental cars and trucks are available in town from Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and Laird Noller Automotive Leasing.

The central part of the city, consisting of the downtown, the KU campus, and the student-filled neighborhoods in between, is easily walkable. The Visitor's Center offers brochures for self-guided walking tours in the city.


  • University of Kansas, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, [1]. The University of Kansas, often referred to as KU, is a public research university in the U.S. state of Kansas. The main campus is on Mount Oread, the highest elevation in Lawrence. The school boasts five national debate championships and national basketball titles, as well as 34 active companies created from KU research. All 50 states and 105 countries are represented at KU.  edit
  • Haskell Indian Nations University, 155 E Indian Ave, (785) 749-8404. Haskell Indian Nations University is a federally operated tribal university located in Lawrence, Kansas, for members of federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States  edit

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Spooner Hall, University of Kansas
  • The University of Kansas campus[38] is renowned for its beauty, Hogwarts-like library and collegiate charm. Walk around and enjoy a picnic next to Potter's Lake, or find several of the buildings on campus that are on the National Register of Historic Places[39].
  • There's an interesting rock mural on North Side of the river which was created by local artist Stan Herd. It is visible from the Massachusetts Street Bridge.
  • Historic driving tour [40]. visits many of the sites involved Quantrill's Raid (The Lawrence Massacre) in 1863. You can also see many of these sites on the Quantrill's Raid self-guided walking tour[41] prepared by the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Students and fans cheer on the Jayhawks.


Lawrence, Kansas is famous for its basketball heritage. Whether you manage to score tickets to a game in Allen Fieldhouse or are just stopping by to view the original rule book, you will not be disappointed.

  • Booth Family Hall of Athletics, 1651 Naismith Dr., 785-864-7050. [2] The Hall of Athletics in Allen Fieldhouse is a must-see for any sports fan, Jayhawk or not. It houses interactive displays, historic sports paraphernalia, and the orignial center court of Allen Fielhouse  edit
  • DeBruce Center, 1647 Naismith Dr.. [3] The DeBruce Center houses the original rules of basketball written by James Naismith. You cannot pass up the opportunity to see basketball history!  edit

Arts and Culture

  • KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Boulevard, 785-864-4450. [4] This on-campus museum is a popular spot for nature lovers and school field trips. It offers four floors of exibits, displaying fossils, Kansas wildlife, and even some live animals. Researches and graduate students work within the museum as well.  edit
  • Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St., 785-864-4710. [5] The Spencer Museum of Art is another KU attraction and was recently renovated into a new and improved space. The Spencer prides itself on the diverse collection of works within its walls; it is the only comprehensive art museum in Kansas.  edit
  • Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St., 785-841-4109. [6] Find all things Douglas County at the Watkins Museum of History. There are educational resources and events, as well as changing exhibits that explore and explain historic Douglas County.  edit
  • Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., 785-843-2787. [[7]] The Lawrence Arts Center has studios, gallery spaces, a performance auditorium, a gallery shop and an arts-based preschool. The center supports community and professional arts and performances.  edit
  • Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Dr., 785-864-2787, [8]. Located on the West Campus of the University of Kansas, the Lied Center hosts a miriad of university, community, and national performances.  edit
  • Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Dr., 785-843-7469. [9] Theatre Lawrence thrives on volunteers to produce performances that engage and educate community members of all ages.  edit
  • International Institute for Young Musicians - an annual 2-3 week summer educational program at the University of Kansas, where highly skilled teenage classical pianists study, many of which have won prestigious national and international piano competitions. The festival kicks off each season with a competition, and holds recitals nearly every night. Both the competition and student recitals are open to the general public.

Local Events

Performer wows at Busker Festival.
  • Lawrence Busker Fest, [10]. The Lawrence Busker Festival is the area's largest gathering of street performers in the area. Come join us for three days of family fun with some of the most talented freaks, geeks, artists and musicians around.  edit
  • Final Fridays, [11]. Final Fridays include activities for kids, exhibitions designed to challenge adults, music, dance and theater for all ages.  edit
  • Free State Fesitval. The festival is a five-day celebration of independent film, innovative outdoor art installations and performance events, along with thought-provoking discussions about art, film, technology and politics. You’ll find it happening throughout downtown and along the 9th Street Corridor in the Lawrence Cultural District  edit
  • Haskell Indian Art Market, Haskell Indian Nations University, 785-749-8467. Annual event held during the second weekend of September.  edit
  • Lawrence Restaurant Week, [12]. Join us for a feast of creativity during the third annual Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week. Select downtown restaurants will serve up fresh ideas to delight both your taste buds and your imagination.  edit

Live Music

Lawrence has a varied nightlife with a number of opportunities to see live music, both local and national.

  • The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St., 785-842-1390, [13]. The Granada was originally built in the 1930s as a silent movie theater, and is now Lawrence's largest live music venue hosting local, national and international acts.  edit
  • The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, 785 841-LIVE, [42]. 6PM-2AM. Live music venue featuring a range of local and national rock music.
  • Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., 785-749-1972, [14]. Liberty Hall is a locally owned and operated historic theater. It includes a concert hall, video store, coffeehouse and independent cinema.  edit
  • Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts Street, (785) 749-7676, [15]. =. Is Lawrence's home for local and national punk and indie rock. It's also has a collection of pinball machines and a large heated smoking porch to keep you from shivering while you smoke and swill your $1 PBR.  edit
  • Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts St, (785) 832-1085.[43]. Newly renovated space for local and national concerts.


Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the 50+ miles of hiking and biking trails throughout Lawrence and many more at Clinton Lake.
  • Clinton Lake State Park, 785-842-8562, [16]. Clinton Lake is only four miles west of Lawrence, but offers the scenic beauty and peaceful wilderness that comes with being far outside town. The state park offers campgrounds, educational areas and one of the largest marinas in the state.  edit
  • Prarie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St., 785-832-7980, [17]. Prairie Park Nature Center opened in 1999 as a 100-acre nature preserve on the east side of Lawrence. The preserve incorporates wetlands, woodlands and prairie habitats and a five acre lake with a trail weaving in-between. Inside the center there are hands-on exhibits as well as educational events with live animals.  edit
  • Lawrence Levee Trail, [18]. Located along the north bank of the Kansas River, the Lawrence Levee Trail runs along the top of the flood-control levee on the outskirts of Lawrence. This crushed ston,e 9 mile trail provides access to Riverfront Park, which features a disc golf course, off-leash dog park and a wildlife and native grass preserve. At the southeastern end of the trail, various hiking and mountain biking spur trails provide a diverse range of experiences closer to the Kansas River.  edit

Family Fun

  • Epic Fun, 711 W. 23rd St., 785-856-3861, [19]. If you need some indoor entertainment, Epic Fun features affordable laser tag, unlimited access arcade, and mini golf.  edit
  • LOL Family Zone, 1000 Massachusetts St., 785-856-3737, [20]. This downtown location is a great place for parents to bring kids. Inside you will find a great place for jumping, climbing, playing, dancing, building and creative play. There’s abundant seating and free Wi-Fi so parents and grandparents can relax while the kiddos play in a safe place.  edit
  • Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., 785-843-3833, [21]. The newly renovated public library is a kid-friendly spot where silence is not required. The kids area includes a lego table, reading nooks and lots of fun programs. The Teen Zone has video games and social area, and there is a recording studio you can reserve to capture your own tunes or words.  edit
  • Midland Railway, 1515 High Street, Baldwin City, 913-721-1211, [22]. Leaving from Baldwin City, Kansas, the Midland Railway excursion trains feature a more than 20-mile round trip train ride on vintage railway equipment. Check out their calendar for special events such as “A Day Out with Thomas,” an Easter Egg ride and hunt, and a Santa ride. Baldwin City is approximately 20 miles south of Lawrence via US 59 South.  edit

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Downtown Lawrence shops and restaurants.

Downtown Massachusetts Street is the main shopping district. One can find anything from incense burners to sporting goods. Mass St. offers five blocks packed with locally-owned clothing boutiques, a few smaller chain lines like Francesca's, and thrift and vintage stores. Jock's Nitch and Rally House are full to the brim with Jayhawk merchandise, and ACME allows you to design and print your own t-shirts within just a few hours. Allergy sufferers, take note: several local merchants (The Dusty Bookshelf, Love Garden Sounds, and Sunflower Outdoor) have resident cats.

For more basic needs, head to Iowa St. for stops like CVS, T.J. Maxx, Target, Kohls and JC Penny.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Lawrence loves creative expression, especially when it comes in the form of something to eat. There is an abundance of unique, local eateries that you cannot find anywhere else. They will have you dreaming of returning as soon as you cross the bridge.


FreeState Brewery.
  • Free State Brewing Company, 636 Massachusetts, 785 843-4555, [44]. This microbrewery and eatery claims to be the 'First Legal Brewery in Kansas'. Monday nights offer $1.50 pints of tasty microbrew.
  • 23rd Street Brewery, 3512 Clinton Parkway, 785-856-2337, [23]. This brewery not only boasts quality small-batch beers, but also has many entrees on the menu named after people and places of Lawrence.  edit

Cafés and Diners

  • Global Cafe, 820 Massachusetts St, (785) 838-4600. Global Cafe is all about collaborating with local vendors to bring fresh and diverse breakfast and lunch. Try a delicious, veggie-filled omelette or Cuban pressed sandwich.  edit
  • Ladybird Diner, 721 Massachusetts St, (785) 856-5239. Ladybird is a cheerful diner featuring modern comfort eats such as sweet potato hash & fried chicken sandwiches. The diner is known for their pie and now, their donuts, fresh and ready at 7am every morning!  edit
  • Milton's Cafe, 901 New Hampshire St, (785) 856-0663. Chill, storied nook with diverse breakfast & lunch fare, baked goods & coffee, plus outdoor seating. The patio is huge but it fills up fast on a weekend morning!  edit
  • The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St, (785) 843-1110. The Roost has made a splash in the Lawrence breakfast scene. There will be crowds of people waiting outside the restaurant earlier than you anticipate. Everyone wants a homemade scone, a biscuit sandwich or french toast.  edit
  • Wheatfields Bakery and Cafe, 904 Vermont St, (785) 841-5553. President Obama ate breakfast here when he came to visit in 2015-so you know it is a must-visit. Wheatfields offers house-made bread, pastries and sandwiches served in a no-frills cafe lined with work by local artists.  edit
  • The Levee Cafe, 239 Elm St, (785) 856-3671. Lawrence's newest member of the breakfast club, the Levee offers healthy, simple breakfast and lunch offerings to the North Lawrence and the Levee community along the Kaw.  edit

Ethnic Cuisine

Italian fare at Genovese.
  • Aladdin Cafe, 1021 Massachusetts St, (785) 832-1100. Modest Mediterranean-Greek restaurant with a hookah lounge & grocery attached.  edit
  • Basil Leaf Cafe, 616 W 9th St, (785) 856-0459. Quaint neighborhood bar & eatery offering sizable Italian plates in an unpretentious atmosphere.  edit
  • Celito Lindo, 815 New Hampshire St, (785) 832-1545. Casual option with a patio offering tamales, fajitas, seafood & other Mexican staples. The margaritas are often sipped for hours on the patio.  edit
  • Encore Cafe, 1007 Massachussetts St., 785-856-3682, [24]. Specializes in Asian-American food, as well as bubble tea. Karaoke rooms available.  edit
  • Genovese, 941 Massachusetts St, (785) 842-0300. Contemporary Italian cuisine served with wine & cocktails in warm, upscale environs.  edit
  • India Palace, 124 E. 10th St., 785 331-4300. Authentic Indian food. Lunch buffet every day.
  • Kokoro 601 Kasold Drive, 785 838-4134. Japanese grill and sushi.
  • Limestone Pizza, 814 Massachusetts, 785.856.2825 - Delicious, locally sourced food, minimally processed & hand-crafted using time-honored techniques. Extensive drink menu.
  • Ramen Bowls, 125 E 10th St, (785) 842-6957. Hip, colorful Japanese eatery serving traditional & modern ramen, plus fried rice & sake.  edit
  • Terrebonne Po' Boys, 805 Vermont St, (785) 856-3287. Quaint, compact counter serve preparing po' boys, gumbo & other classic New Orleans grub.  edit
  • Tortas Jalisco, 534 Frontier, 785 865-1515. Unique Mexican dishes pair with beers & margaritas at this family-friendly eatery & happy-hour spot.
  • Thai Siam 601 S. Kasold Drive, 785 331-2525. Thai and Chinese food in what used to be a Subway (really).
  • Zen Zero, 811 Massachusetts, 785 832-0001. Thai, Nepalese, and Japanese noodle shop. Prices are low, and the atmosphere is casual. [45]

Sports and Late Night

  • The Burger Stand at the Casbah, 803 Massachusetts St, (785) 856-0543. The best truffle fries you will ever have live here. They also offer Late Night specials after basketball games and alcoholic milkshakes in an industrial-chic setting.  edit
  • Dempsey's, 623 Vermont St, (785) 856-5460. Bustling Irish-themed hub with more than 100 types of beer & gourmet burgers with seasonal fixings.  edit
  • Jefferson's Restaurant, 743 Massachusetts S, (785) 832-2000. If you want wings, you go to Jefferson's.  edit
  • Pizza Shuttle, 785-842-1212 - Dirt cheap, open late. Everybody's top choice for post-bar dining.
  • Pyramid Pizza, 701 W 9th Street, (785)842-3232. Great Pizza. Open Late. City-wide Delivery. Everyday Walk-In Special
  • Rudy's Pizzeria, 704 Massachusetts, 785 749-0055. Unassuming location just a crosswalk away from Liberty Hall.
  • Salty Iguana, 4931 W 6th St, (785) 312-8100. Cheerful cantina serving Mexican fare & margaritas amid funky decor dominated by an iguana theme. You also cannot escape the sports here.  edit
  • Sylas and Maddy's, 1014 Massachusetts, 785 832-8323. Best ice cream in town.


  • 715, 715 Massachusetts St, (785) 856-7150. All pasta is house-made, and you cannot go wrong with any of the meat and cheese board choices. An elevated drink menu, chic atmosphere and funky lighting will add the perfect touches to your night.  edit
  • BonBon, 806 Pennsylvania St, (785) 856-2275. Head to this East Lawrence newbie if you want a fun array of gourmet, bite-size eats.  edit
  • J. Wilson's, 4821 W 6th St, (785) 312-9057. Drawing from the bounty of seasons the menu will feature sustainable, locally produced offerings with a modern twist. Expect the unexpected, in our chic yet laid back atmosphere.  edit
  • Port Fonda, 900 New Hampshire St, (785) 856-2535. This new Lawrence installation dishes up authentic tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and cazuelitas (also known as sopes) with a fancy twist.  edit
  • RND Corner Grille, 801 Massachusetts St, (785) 856-2170. This restaurant gets its name from the “Round Corner Drug” building it is located in and will welcome you into an elegant evening with classic, upscale American fare.  edit
  • Merchants, 746 Massachusetts St, (785) 843-4111. Elevated comfort food & a rotating selection of craft beers on tap in a relaxed, bi-level space.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Lawrence is a college town, so that means lots of coffee for early hours and lots of late-night hang outs. There is something for every one to drink here, whether it is Alchemy's hand-crafted cold brew coffee or a locally brewed beer from Free State.


  • 1900 Barker Bakery and Coffee, 1900 Barker Avenue, 785-424-7609, [25]. 1900 Barker has become a fast favorite of Lawrence residents. Patrons come for the insanely fresh bread and pastries and expertly-made coffee, and stay seated at the counter for the good chatter and friends.  edit
  • Alchemy Coffee & Bake House, 1901 Massachusetts St. #B, 785-865-6046, [26]. Alchemy has been at the heart of the "which coffee is the best coffee" debate in Lawrence since it opened in 2013. The shop is known for its cold brew, which is now bottled and sold across town.  edit
  • Aimee's CoffeeHouse, 1025 Massachusetts St., 785-843-5173, [27]. Aimee's is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone. The people at the bar are there every day enjoying the coffee, biscuits and gravy, and community.  edit
  • The Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. 6th St., 785-843-1001. Tiny, Euro-vibe joint with cocktails and coffee and a patio that fills up fast.  edit
  • Decade, 920 Delaware St., 785-5507944, [28]. This peaceful spot in located in East Lawrence and filled with locally made art and furniture. Though they tried to remain wifi-free, the shop now offers an internet connection. It's quiet, light-filled room is perfect for studying.  edit
  • Henry's Coffee Shop, 11 E 8th St, (785) 331-3511. Funky, low-lit institution with sidewalk seating, periodic art shows & an upstairs bar.  edit
  • Java Break, 17 E. 7th St., 785-749-5282, [29]. Java Break is undoubtedly the quirkiest coffee spot in town. Weave through rooms to find a spot to sit, play a board game, or eat your treat from the cereal bar.  edit
  • La Prima Tazza, 638 Massachusetts St, (785) 832-2233. This java joint is part of historic Liberty Hall-so you can buy a coffee to enjoy during your movie next door!  edit
  • Signs of Life, 722 Massachusetts St., 785-330-8030, [30]. Signs of Life is part Christian bookstore, part coffee shop, and part art gallery. It is one of the largest coffee shops in Lawrence and offers lots of nooks and crannies to hole up in.  edit

Beer and Cocktails

Drinks at Limestone.
  • Free State Brewing Company, 636 Massachusetts, 785 843-4555, [46]. This microbrewery and eatery claims to be the 'First Legal Brewery in Kansas'. Monday nights offer $1.50 pints of tasty microbrew.
  • 23rd Street Brewery, 3512 Clinton Parkway, 785-856-2337, [31]. This brewery not only boasts quality small-batch beers, but also has many entrees on the menu named after people and places of Lawrence.  edit
  • Louise's, 1009 Mass, 785-843-9032. One of the few Lawrence bars frequented by both locals and students, featuring pool tables, foosball, and a double-decker heated outdoor smoking deck.
  • The Bourgeois Pig, 6 E 9th Street. 6PM - 2PM. Lawrence's original coffee bar is in a small brick building on 9th Street, just east of Massachusetts Street downtown.  edit
  • Henry's Upstairs, 11 E. 8th St., 785-331-3511. Henry's coffee shop hosts an upstairs bar after-hours. Climb the narrow staircase for cozy corners and a hidden outdoor space.  edit
  • Red Lyon Tavern, 944 Massachusetts St., 785-832-8228. Red Lyon Tavern is a traditional Irish pub and a hot spot to watch all the Sporting KC soccer games.  edit
  • Quinton's Bar & Deli, 615 Massachusetts St, (785) 842-6560. Unfussy college hangout offering beer, cocktails, deli sandwiches & hearty soups, plus a patio bar.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Halcyon House Bed & Breakfast

North Lawrence

  • Circle S Ranch, 3325 Circle S Lane, 785.843.4124.  edit
  • Motel 6, 1100 N. 3rd St., 1-800 4-motel 6.  edit
  • Victorian Veranda Country Inn, 1431 North 1900 Rd., (785) 841-1265.  edit

South Lawrence

  • Best Western, 2309 Iowa, (800) 235-7997.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 3411 Iowa, (866) 695-0459.  edit

West Lawrence

  • Baymont Inn, 740 Iowa, (877) BAYMONT.  edit
  • Comfort Inn & Suites, 151 McDonald Drive, (785) 330-7241.  edit
  • Days Inn, 730 Iowa, (785) 841-6500.  edit
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence, 200 McDonald Dr., (785) 841-7077.  edit
  • Econo Lodge, 2525 W. 6th St., 785-841-8410.  edit
  • Hampton Inn, 2300 W. 6th St., (800) HAMPTON.  edit
  • Quality Inn, 801 Iowa, (800) 228-5151.  edit
  • Virginia Inn, 2903 W. 6th St., (785) 843-6611.  edit


  • The Eldridge Hotel, 701 Massachusetts St., 785-749-5011. Email: [email protected] The Eldridge Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places - as one of the buildings that Quantrill burned during his raid of the city in 1863. It was renovated in the spring of 2005. Room rates climb higher the weekend of KU graduation. $120-$145.  edit
  • Halcyon House Bed & Breakfast, 1000 Ohio Street, Toll free: 888-441-0314 / Local: 785-841-0314, [32]. A lovely bed and breakfast with rooms to suit most budgets. Within walking distance to the city center (and all the shopping and eateries on Massachusetts St.) and the University of Kansas. Delicious homemade breakfast that will give you a good start to the day. Helpful tourist information is provided by the owners upon request. $55-$149.  edit
  • The Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Avenue, 785-843-1200, [33]. The Oread Hotel is located right at the edge of the University of Kansas campus, top floor towers alight with red and blue at night. The Oread's limestone, castle-looking walls house posh rooms, five different restaurant options, and a gift shop full of Jayhawk attire. The hotel also offers meeting and event spaces. Reservations are made years in advance for graduation, so get on that wait list!  edit
  • SpringHill Suites Lawrence, One Riverfront Plaza, Lawrence, Kansas 66044 USA, 1-785-841-2700, [34].  edit
  • TownePlace Suites Marriott, 900 New Hampshire St., 785-842-8800, [35]. .  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Lawrence
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