history trips

Summertime Day Trip!

In only a few hours drive from Kansas City exist destinations that can provide a vacation for a day. This month’s blog will highlight several fun adventures worthy of hitting the road. Distance is based on starting in Kansas City.

Northward

Jamesport, Missouri - 82.5 miles (1 hour 20 min)

Jamesport is the largest Amish community in the state of Missouri.

Guided Amish Country tours (call ahead), Amish shops, art and antiques.

Watkins Woolen Mills State Park - 31.2 miles (36 min)

Preserved 1870 woolen mill (the only existing with original equipment in the United States) and home. The 100 acre park includes fishing, campgrounds and paved bicycle path.

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Weston, Missouri - 32 miles (41 min)

Wineries, breweries, historic downtown shopping, Weston Bend State Park camping, museums and Antebellum Era homes.

Marysville, Kansas - 151.9 miles (2 hours 32 min)

Pony Express Museum, camping, museums, historic downtown shopping, and trails. Only 6 miles from Oregon Trail stop - Alcove Springs.

Excelsior Springs - 28.9 miles (35 min)

1936 Art Deco Hall of Waters Museum, Blues garden, Elms Hotel and Spa, museums, ghost tours and historic downtown shopping.

Westward

Lawrence, Kansas - 40.9 miles (45min)

Spencer Museum of Art, KU Natural History Museum, historic downtown shopping, ghost tours and breweries.  Near Clinton State Park.

26 miles south of Lawrence is Gardner Junction Park where the California-Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail split.

Eastward

Lexington, Missouri - 52 miles (55 min)

Battle of Lexington State Historic site and Anderson House Museum, Antebellum and Victorian Era homes in four historic districts, museums, wine trail and parks.

Independence, Missouri - 10.6 miles (21 min)

Home of President Harry S. Truman, historic Truman Courthouse and Presidential Library (Will be closed for renovation on July 22nd). House museums include the Vaile Mansion, Bingham Waggoner Home and Owens-Rogers Museum (birthplace of Ginger Rogers). Historic downtown shopping, numerous museums and Border War/Civil War and historic trail sites.

Photo Courtesy of Allison Green

Photo Courtesy of Allison Green

Fulton, Missouri - 150.4 miles (2 hours 19min)

National Churchill Museum (including 32ft piece of Berlin Wall) and Church of Saint Mary the Virgin originally built in the 12th century, redesigned in 1677 and moved to Fulton in the 1960’s. Historic Brick District downtown shopping, art galleries, memorials, museums, wineries and micro breweries.

Southward

Warsaw, Missouri - 104.8 miles (1 hour 45 min)

At Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake. Camping, fishing, trails, museums and historic downtown shopping.

Route 66 - Varies

Day trip or days long vacation destination with many vintage hotels, signs and shops along the way. Original road began as Native American trade route, became Springfield Road in 1837 and route 66 in 1926 until 1985. Springfield is 155 miles (2 hours 27min) from Kansas City.

 Happy Travels!

Blog by: Allison Green