The Perfect Itinerary
3-days in Kansas City +
optional 2 days in the country
Day 1: Shop in the Plaza and if a
hot day dip your toes in one its famous fountains. (Kids can get away
with doing a complete soak.) Arrive at BB's between 8-9 PM for BBQ dinner and Blues to Midnight.
BB's Lawn side Bar-B-Que
Day 2: Hike the Mill Creek
Steamway Trail from
Olathe to Lenexa or bike all the way to Shawnee. The
pathway takes you through scenic woods, hills, and farmland surviving in
an expanding suburban sprawl. Note: this is one of the many
Rails-to-Trails in the USA
(see day 4 for more). Go back to BB's at 8 PM for another night of
BBQ and Blues.
Day 3: Back at BB's at 6 PM for early
dinner, then head to the Starlight Theatre for 8:30 show, which
ends about 11:00 PM. Back at BB's after the theatre to
catch the last set of whatever band is playing, 11:30 to 12:30 PM.
Optional days 4-5: If you have extra
time and good weather in the next two days drive 2 hours to Rocheport,
MO, where the corn fields meet the Mighty MO. Stay at the charming
Schoolhouse B&B (yes, it
was a schoolhouse at one time). Hike/bike on the KATY trail,
the longest rail-to-trail in N American, which runs along the Missouri
River. The trail E of Rocheport is the most scenic section.
Bikes can be rented at the Trailside Cafe in Rocheport; Dine one
night at Abigail's (*,$$) at Rocheport, and another night at
Emmet's Kitchen (*,$$) for hot Cajun in Fayette (15 miles from
Rocheport). Note: this portion of the itinerary was inspired by a
story we clipped out of the New York Times.