A plan to put Topeka on the map is under way and one local woman is taking on a new role in the effort. Meagan Bowers is the first Topeka destination specialist, a program Visit Topeka started to welcome visitors to the capitol city.

“I think there’s been a stigma attached to Topeka,” Bowers said, “You hear all the time ‘there’s nothing to do in Topeka’. That’s changing.” 

As a Topeka native, Bowers is thrilled to show off her city. An employee of Hyatt Place Topeka, she completed Visit Topeka training to learn how to welcome visitors. 

“The city as a whole, we welcome people in, so that’s why I’m glad to be a part of this and the city,” Bowers said. 

As as a Top City expert she helps represent the city to visitors. Her top recommendation for both locals and new people is the Evel Knievel Museum. 

Director of the museum Bruce Zimmerman, said he’s not surprised they made the list. 

“Evel Knievel was the absolute daredevil of all time and we tell his story here. and we do it through original artifacts, videos and great interactives where you can experience what it was like to be a daredevil without risking yourself of injury,” Zimmerman said.

Another one of Bowers’ favorites, is the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center. Dene Mosier runs the center. 

“We’re a great place for families. Everybody comes out. It’s a good time,” Mosier said, “Time for families just to connect, enjoy. Kids have a lot of fun hands on learning and it’s a great day.” 

Bowers said while she thinks Topeka is a great destination already, she also thinks there’s a lot to look forward to. 

“There’s a lot of things coming down the pipeline. There are just leaps and bounds that we’re making here in the city,” Bowers said, “We’re thriving and it’s exciting to be a part of this” 

If you want more recommendations for places to go in Topeka, there’s a whole list here

Visit Topeka is looking for other people in the hospitality industry to join the Destination Specialist program. For more information visit here