By Rachel Childs


Welcome to Fort Leavenworth, "The Best Hometown in the Army." Fort Leavenworth is the oldest continuously active military reservation west of the Mississippi River. Fort Leavenworth's population includes approximately 3,700 active-duty personnel, 1,270 permanent party students, and 2,800 civilian personnel. This historic post is home to the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, known as the "Intellectual Center of the Army." It is also home to many of the center's organizations, including the Army University, Army University Press, Army Management Staff College, Combined Arms Research Library, Command and General Staff College, and SHARP Academy. For a full list of units and tenants at Fort Leavenworth, visit the post's website. Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Fort Leavenworth so you can get to know your new post and its surrounding community. 1. Where Is Fort Leavenworth? 2. Google Map View 3. Getting There – Directions to the Post 4. Entering Fort Leavenworth and Base Amenities 5. Where Should I Live Near Fort Leavenworth? 6. What Schools are Near Fort Leavenworth? 7. What’s the Weather Like in Fort Leavenworth? 8. Things to Do Near Fort Leavenworth

Where is Fort Leavenworth?

Visitor Control Center

1 Sherman Ave. Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 684-3600

Fort Leavenworth Map

Directions to Fort Leavenworth

Fort Leavenworth is found on the border of Kansas and Missouri in Leavenworth County, Kansas. The post overlooks the Missouri River. To the southeast of post is Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri; to the west of post is Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas; and to the north of post is St. Joseph, Missouri.

Kansas City International Airport

The closest major airport is Kansas City International Airport, which is about 20 miles from the post.

Driving Directions

From Kansas City International Airport
  1. Take Interstate 29 north to Platte City, Missouri.
  2. Exit on Highway 92 west. Follow this highway to Leavenworth, Kansas.
From Interstate 70
  1. Take Exit 224 toward US-73/KS-7/Bonner Springs/Leavenworth.
  2. Turn right (north) onto US-73/KS-7.
  3. Drive through Lansing (Main Street) and Leavenworth (Fourth Street).

Fort Leavenworth Transportation Office

Getting ready for a PCS move and in need of some help? Visit the Fort Leavenworth Transportation Office website to get started.

Fort Leavenworth Transportation Office and Personal Property Processing Office

549 Kearny Ave. Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 684-5642, 1 (913) 684-5650, 1 (913) 684-5651, 1 (913) 684-5652, and 1 (913) 684-5655

Fort Leavenworth Transportation Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday -

    0730 to 1600. Closed 1200 to 1230 for lunch.
  • Wednesday -

    1230 to 1600.

Entering Fort Leavenworth and Post Amenities

If you do not have a valid military ID, you may have to stop at the Visitor Control Center to gain post access. Click here for more information on the Visitor Control Center at Fort Leavenworth.

Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel

Contact your assigned unit for in-processing procedures and requirements. Unit contact information can be found on the Fort Leavenworth Newcomers website. A sponsor can provide additional assistance with PCSing and in-processing questions. Request a sponsor on Army Career Tracker. For more information on checking in, visit Fort Leavenworth's website.

Fort Leavenworth Visitor Center

The Visitor Control Center issues temporary vehicle passes and can provide directions and information on the post. For more information on post access and the visitor control center, visit the Fort Leavenworth Gate Information website.

Visitor Control Center

1 Sherman Ave. Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 684-3600

Fort Leavenworth Visitor Control Center Hours

  • Monday through Friday - 0700 to 1600.

Fort Leavenworth DEERS

For information on making an appointment, visit the Fort Leavenworth ID cards and DEERS website.

Fort Leavenworth DEERS and ID Card Office

861 McClellan Ave. Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 684-2636

Fort Leavenworth DEERS Office and ID Card Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday -

    0800 to 1600. Last CAC/ID issued at 1530. Closed the first Wednesday of the month.

Fort Leavenworth Gate Hours

  • Grant Gate (Main Gate):

    Grant Avenue, open 24/7.
  • Hancock Gate:

    Hancock Avenue, closed until further notice.
  • Sherman Gate:

    Sherman Avenue, closed until further notice.
Fort Leavenworth Commissary

Fort Leavenworth Commissary

Building 691 310 Kansas Ave. Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 684-6962

Fort Leavenworth Commissary Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday -

    1000 to 1900.
  • Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday -

    0900 to 1900.
  • Sunday -

    1100 to 1800.

Fort Leavenworth PX

Fort Leavenworth Exchange

Building 700 330 Kansas Ave. Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 651-7271

Fort Leavenworth PX Hours

  • Monday through Saturday -

    0900 to 1800.
  • Sunday -

    1000 to 1800.
Fort Leavenworth Barber Shops

Fort Leavenworth Barber Shops

PX Barber Shop

Building 700 330 Kansas Ave. Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 651-3815

PX Barber Shop Hours

  • Monday through Saturday -

    0830 to 1900.
  • Sunday -

    1000 to 1700.

Lewis and Clark Barber Shop

Building 127 Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 682-9283

Lewis and Clark Barber Shop Hours

  • Monday through Friday -

    0700 to 1500.

Fort Leavenworth Post Office

311 Kearny Ave. Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 680-1648

Fort Leavenworth Post Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday -

    1000 to 1530.

Fort Leavenworth Finance Office

If you're looking for financial advice or assistance on money matters, the talented and professional counselors of Fort Leavenworth's Financial Readiness Program can help.

Fort Leavenworth Financial Readiness Program

600 Thomas Ave. Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 684-2852

Fort Leavenworth Financial Readiness Program Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday -

    0800 to 1630.
  • Thursday -

    1300 to 1630.
615 McClellan Ave. Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 684-4944

Fort Leavenworth Legal Office Hours

Due to COVID-19, the legal office is providing limited services. Visit the legal assistance office's website for more information.

Fort Leavenworth Library

250 Gibbon Ave. Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 758-3001

Fort Leavenworth's Library Hours

  • Monday and Tuesday -

    0900 to 1500.
  • Wednesday through Friday -

    0900 to 1600.
Fort Leavenworth Hotels

Fort Leavenworth Hotels

There are many hotels near Fort Leavenworth, so you're sure to find one to fit your budget. For a full list of military lodges and affiliated resorts in the area, visit the Department of Defense Lodging website and the IHG Army Hotels website.

1. Holiday Inn Express Hoge Hall

Building 695 214 Grant Ave. Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 364-1301

2. Otis Hall & Custer House - Historia Collection

Buildings 213 and 3 Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 364-1301 Where Should I Live Near Fort Leavenworth?

Where Should I Live Near Fort Leavenworth?

Cities Near Fort Leavenworth

While many military family members call post housing their home, others choose to live in nearby communities. The neighboring communities of Atchison, Basehor, Lansing, and Leavenworth in Kansas and Platte City and Weston in Missouri provide housing, employment, and other services for Fort Leavenworth military families. The cost of living in Leavenworth is lower than the national average, so area rental housing and real estate is reasonable.

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Best Places to Live Near Fort Leavenworth


The city of Atchison, Kansas, is about 25 miles north of Fort Leavenworth. The riverside city has a population of approximately 10,600 people. Atchison is home to several historical homes and museums, including the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum and the Atchison Rail Museum. The city's International Forest of Friendship, which overlooks Lake Warnock, serves as a living memorial to the world history of aviation and aerospace. Atchison also has an event center, a dog park, a community garden, and a number of community parks.


The city of Leavenworth, Kansas, offers a short commute to Fort Leavenworth. Leavenworth is home to approximately 36,000 people. The city has a number of attractions, including a carousel museum, Buffalo Soldier Memorial Park, and the Richard Allen Cultural Center, which highlights African-American history. A community center, a performing arts center, and more than 20 community parks provide plenty of opportunities for recreation and the arts.


Across the Missouri River, north of Fort Leavenworth, is Weston, Missouri. This small city is home to 1,700 people. Weston Bend State Park offers scenic views of the Missouri River, camping, trails, picnic sites, and more. Weston's Snow Creek Mountain Resort offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and winter fun. The city also has a dog park and community parks that offer playgrounds, picnic areas, trails, sports courts, and more. Look for homes and apartments for rent or sale on AHRN.com.

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Fort Leavenworth Schools

Fort Leavenworth Schools

There are many options for your child's education near Fort Leavenworth. Kansas offers traditional public schools, as well as public charter schools and private schools. For younger children, there are a variety of local daycares and child care programs on and off post. Children in grades K-9 who live on post may attend schools in Fort Leavenworth Unified School District 207. Children in grades 10-12 who live on post may attend Leavenworth High School in the Leavenworth USD 453 district. There are no DoDEA schools on post. The Fort Leavenworth School Support Services website has more information on area school districts, home schooling in Kansas, special education resources, and the youth sponsorship program, which matches incoming students with a fellow student who can guide them in their new community. The website also has contact information for the post's school liaison officer, who can provide information and guidance on area schools as well as educational resources for your children. Find more local school information at The Best Fort Leavenworth Schools: Daycare – High School (2020 Edition).   Fort Leavenworth Weather

Fort Leavenworth Weather

Fort Leavenworth enjoys all four seasons. In the winter, average highs are in the 30s and 40s and average lows hover near 20 degrees. In the summer, temperatures soar to the high 80s and low 90s, with average lows in the 60s. Fort Leavenworth gets about 40 inches of rain and about 14 inches of snow annually. April through October is tornado season, though tornadoes can occur at any time. For more information on tornado preparation and safety, visit the Ready.gov website. Things to Do Around Fort Leavenworth

Things to Do Around Fort Leavenworth

Fort Leavenworth and the surrounding region are home to many historical sites, museums, art galleries, theaters, great restaurants and wineries, and vibrant shopping districts. On post, there are a multitude of recreational opportunities, including bowling, golfing, hunting, shooting, swimming, and more. Outside the gates, with Kansas City nearby, there's no shortage of things to do. Get out and explore!

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Moving to a new post comes with challenges, but Fort Leavenworth is the "Best Hometown in the Army." Head to local hangouts, spend the day in nearby Kansas City, and discover other area gems to experience everything this region and world-class post have to offer you during your time here.  

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