Kansas City is a little misleading as most of it actually isn’t in the state of Kansas. It hovers over the Kansas/Missouri border and is mostly in Missouri. The city itself is large and pretty hilly which we weren’t expecting. Unfortunately we didn’t spend long here so this post is kind of all over the place but there are a few must see suggestions!
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is one of the best art museums in the world (or so I’ve been told). Unfortunately when we got there it was closed so if you do go inside let me know! Luckily they have a sculpture park outside that was open so we walked around and took photos. It is a perfect picture-taking place and nice to get outside and see some great art.
Little fact – Kansas City has more fountains than any city in the world except Rome. I think that is really strange but just from walking around the block you do see loads of fountains haha. There is a shopping area called Country Club Plaza (which I think is an odd name) that has many designer, high-street shops and restaurants. The buildings have a very heavy European inspiration to them and of course there are a ton of fountains! It’s a really strange (yes I’m running out of thesaurus words here) place to walk around as you feel like you’re in Spain but then you see a Dunkin’ Donuts.
Shall we continue with the weird things to do in Kansas City – the Money Museum. You can come learn about the different coins and the process of money getting around the US. We were in there for around twenty minutes so it’s a very quick stop. You do need to bring ID so don’t forget it! The best part? At the end you can take a free bag of shredded up old money haha.
Right opposite the museum is the Liberty Memorial and National World War I Museum. We didn’t have time to go into the museum (although it’s meant to be really good), so we just took some photos of the memorial. You do get DC vibes here and it is very peaceful.
A breakfast/lunch/dinner (yup all three) recommendation that is round the corner is Succotash. It is a very eclectic and hip spot with comfort, delicious food. The decor is mish/mash chic and it’s a very hipster healthy spot haha. We went for the chocolate chip pancakes, a breakfast wrap thing and a smoothie – all of which were great!
This last stop is more an activity and a little out of Kansas City, it’s actually on the way to Wichita in Hutchinson. Strataca, also known as Kansas Underground Salt Museum, is as the title says a salt museum. You start by putting on helmets and then take a lift down underground. There you’re ‘in the salt mine’ and get to walk around and do a kind of self-guided tour. They also offer add-ons including a train ride and a golf cart ride which both go deeper. We opted for the latter and it was pretty neat getting to learn about the process of mining for salt and ride in the pitch black. The coolest part? They store movie memorabilia down there as the temperatures don’t ruin anything. There were old reels of Friends and costumes – perfect place for a dress-up/90s party.
Hopefully some of this interests you or at least intrigues you haha. Coming up on Saturday we go to Oklahoma City and continue this loop around the country. If you missed St. Louis you can click here or for Memphis here and I’ll see you then!