Follow the Lewis & Clark Trail to the birthplace of Amelia Earhart. The historic river city is located 45 miles NW of KC.
For a small town, Atchison offers a surprising amount of entertainment; from community theatre, concerts and art functions to sports and recreation. Many of the leisure activities enjoyed by residents throughout the year also attract thousands of visitors to Atchison each year. The city’s quaint, small-town charm, rich historical legacy and its unique downtown shopping district are increasingly drawing travelers from across the country and around the world.
Atchison hosts a number of annual events attended by large regional and national crowds, from the annual Amelia Earhart Festival in July to Haunted Atchison — a two-month-long celebration of the town's ghostly history — in September and October. Other annual events celebrate the arts, the food and cuisine of Atchison, Christmas traditions and much more. At the Annual Amelia Earhart Festival, each year, the Atchison community and thousands of visitors, celebrate Amelia Earhart’s pioneering spirit with two days of music, food, education, aerial performances and much more. The festival closes with the “Concert in the Sky” fireworks finale overlooking the Missouri River. The annual Amelia Earhart Festival also features an outdoor, country music concert with some of the best up-and-coming acts in the business at beautiful Warnock Lake. For more information, go to www.visitatchison.com
Haunted Atchison, for more than a decade, paranormal enthusiasts, brave travelers and those who like otherworldly diversions have been flocking to Atchison, intent on exploring its rich haunted history. It began with the, now famous, Haunted Trolley Tours, a guided tour aboard the historic Atchison Trolley. Since then, its expanded to several offerings from walking tours to paranormal investigations and more. For a complete list of events, www.visitatchison.com