Kansas City, Missouri // Photo Diary

I started my road trip to Wyoming with a stop in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s only 3 hours away from St. Louis (the place I call home) and yet I had never been there. Well, I did go to Kansas City one time with my family when I was younger, but that doesn’t really count. I never knew much about Kansas City so I just never had any desire to visit. While I only had about half a day to explore on this trip, I realized I was totally wrong to assume it was nothing special.

I only spent a total of 20 hours in Kansas City, but I would be happy to spend (at least) a few days there. There are lots of cool neighborhoods to hang out in, beautiful parks & outdoor spaces, and plenty of attractions to keep one busy. I didn’t have time to go to any of the museums, but I hear they have some good ones!

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I spent a lot of time walking around and admiring the brick buildings. Something about red bricks set against a pop of color, whether trees or sculptures, makes my eyes happy.

My first stop in KC was the City Market near the riverfront. I LOVE markets and I always make a point to stop by any one I can find when visiting a city. It’s a pretty small market, but it had a lot of local produce stands and restaurants that looked delicious. I stopped by the City Market Coffee House before wandering around and then I sat in the park for a bit for some shade from the heat.

Speaking of the heat…that caused some problems for me. See, I’m very sensitive to extreme heat & sunlight (too much sun makes me dizzy), and I’m prone to dehydration. It was somewhere up in the 90+ degree range that day, not uncommon for Missouri in the summer. After drinking coffee, barely eating, and walking around out in the intense sunlight and heat, I got very sick. I spent a good hour in a public restroom vomiting. That was only a few hours after getting to KC, so it didn’t take long for my mood to drop.

I’ve gotten heat exhaustion before, a few summers ago in Washington, D.C. I knew what I needed was rest, water, and air conditioning. I went to the public library to sit for a while and use their wifi to book a hotel room. I had planned to stay with someone through Couchsurfing, but I just wanted my own space to sleep after getting sick.

Luckily, after a few hours I felt well enough to get back out there and explore the city a bit more. I hadn’t even thought to go to the Liberty Memorial when looking up things to do in Kansas City, but as I drove past it, it really caught my interest. The monument is beautiful; it’s surrounded by a huge park and it’s probably one of the best places in the city to get a view of the skyline. While my day in KC was thrown for a loop, I still very much enjoyed my time there. I wish I had planned to stay another day, because I certainly could have kept exploring. I guess I’ll just have to visit again some day!

If I were to go to Kansas City again, I would make sure to spend some time exploring the Crossroads Arts District. It’s filled with restaurants, galleries, and local shops. I would also make time to check out the art museums and try some of the vegetarian restaurants. 20 hours just isn’t enough!


By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.

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