On the northern side of Kansas City is St. Joseph. This is a very interesting place where you can enjoy a wide number of activities. Visit places like the Pattee House Museum and the house where convict Jesse James was killed in the year 1882. Take your kids to see the Pony Express Stables. The first apartments in the Mississippi area were located at Robidoux Row Museum.
You can spend a picnic afternoon at Krug Park where you can see ducks and other water birds. You can also see animals like longhorn cattle, deer and burros at this park. The Hoof and Horn Steakhouse and Barbosa’s are wonderful restaurants.
Towards east of this city lies the Arrow Rock Historic Site. The Huston Tavern is the dwelling place of the famous artist George Caleb Bingham. You can also see the Santa Fe Trail.
The Conception Abbey is a spiritual retreat and an active Benedictine monastery. You will love the serenity of these beautiful gardens. Also visit the Jesse James Farm and Museum to see some exhibits related to the convict’s family and also his burial place.
If you love outdoor activities, visit the Big Lake State Park. The lake is spread over an area of 625 acres and has a large variety of animals. This place is also good for bird watching. Wakins Mill State Park is also a good state park for activities like boating, hiking, biking, swimming and fishing.
Fort Osage is located in Sibley and is a renovated fort near the Missouri River. You can see a number of living history programs here. Towards the west of Kansas City lies Fort Leavenworth which is the oldest active army post.
Topeka is the capital of Kansas. You can visit the State Capitol building. Also see the historic Ward-Meade park which has a Victorian styled home which now has been converted into a museum. The Gage Park has attractions like a miniature train, Reinisch Rose Garden, a swimming pool etc.
Animal lovers can visit the Topeka Zoological Park. Another place for animal lovers is the Tropical Rain Forest habitat with a vast collection of flora and fauna. Also visit the the Kansas Museum of History and The Children’s Discovery Place in the area.
Lamar, Missouri is the birthplace of Harry S. Truman. The family’s original lifestyle has been maintained here. You can also visit the Harry S. Truman farm home and the Truman Presidential Museum and Library in Independence.
Enjoy picnic at the Locust Creek Covered Bridge Historical Site. To get one with nature spend some time at the Missouri Arboretum at Maryville.