3 Weekend Getaways Near Kansas City | Midwest Living

3 Weekend Getaways Near Kansas City

Explore the Flint Hills, just 90 miles southwest of Kansas City, or enjoy historic Independence, Missouri, or Fort Scott, Kansas.

Flint Hills: Trip guide

WHAT TO DO
Emma Chase Cafe The ever-popular jam sessions get rave reviews (as do the Friday fried-catfish dinners). (620) 273-6020; emmachasecafe.com
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (pictured at left) Rangers offer free daily guided 1881 ranch house tours and 90-minute prairie bus tours May-October. Hiking trains are open year-round. (620) 273-8494; nps.gov/tapr

WHERE TO EAT
Grand Central Hotel and Grill The restaurant in the Grand Central Hotel is known as one of Kansas' best places for steak. (800) 951-6763; grandcentralhotel.com
Hays House This 1857 eatery specializes in fried chicken. (620) 767-5911; hayshouse.com

WHERE TO STAY
Grand Central Hotel Stay in an elegant inn with an on-site restaurant, in Cottonwood Falls. From $160. (800) 951-6763; grandcentralhotel.com

For information: Flint Hills Tourism Coalition (866) 660-2622; kansasflinthills.travel

 

More getaways near Kansas City

Independence, Missouri: 10 miles east of Kansas City Once you get past the big-box stores, historic Independence Square doesn't feel a bit like suburban sprawl. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum (pictured at left) has impressive exhibits. The Truman home offers an intimate glimpse of the 33rd president, and Ophelia's serves inventive fare such as a grilled shrimp Cobb salad. (800) 748-7323; visitindependence.com

Fort Scott, Kansas: 94 miles south of Kansas City Kansas' Civil War history spirals around Fort Scott, where today, a national historic site preserves 20 buildings. (Look for 170-year-old ax marks on the beams.) Try to time your visit for a special event, so you can chat with reenactors. Also, don't miss the nearby National Cemetery. (800) 245-3678; fortscott.com

 

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