Best Day Trips from Kansas City

You’ll never run out of things to do in Kansas City, but what if you get a mini travel itch—even while traveling? Good news! There are plenty of short road trips and nearby destinations so you can get out and explore more. Maybe you don’t want to be in Kansas anymore (perhaps Missouri is calling). Or maybe you think there’s no place like your home away from home. Either way, it’s time to get trucking.


Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence, MO is just as quirky as it sounds. The haunted Sallie House in Atchison, KS is a must for paranormal lovers. Of course, you can’t miss out on the World’s Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City, KS. However, if you really want to make a day of record breakers, follow it up with the World’s Largest Hand Dug Well in Greensburg, KS.

Head Out

The Canton Ferry Boat Ride to Nowhere (in Canton, KS, of course) is just what it sounds like. Still, it’s an excuse to get on the water and experience the most anticlimactic ferry ride in history! Mark Twain’s birthplace in Florida, MO is worth a trip for lit lovers. At the Lone Jack Cemetery, in Lone Jack, MO, you can see the site where soldiers were “buried” right on the field.

Tick the Locust Creek Covered Bridge, Garden of Eden and Fort Smith off your bucket list while in KCMO. And if you’re short on time? A quick jaunt to Overland Park for epic shopping is always a breeze.