Standing on Main Street in Parkville, Mo. and looking south, you will spy a charming, historic town that has everything for a perfect getaway – local dining, unique shops and boutiques, Airbnbs, entertainment venues and outdoor escapes. (photo courtesy Main Street Parkville Association)
Historic Downtown Parkville is one of the Kansas City area’s best kept secrets.
A 15-minute drive from KC will bring you to the charming town that’s perfect for a day of dining, shopping and playing in the beautiful parks equipped with miles of walking trails set alongside the Missouri River.
Enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights at The Craic Irish Pub or Music on Main Street the 2nd Saturday of each month. Check out Bentley Guitar Studio located on Main Street, voted one of the best indie guitar stores in the country by Guitar Player Magazine. Or perhaps you’d like to create a unique fragrance blend for your home at The Farmacy by Farm House Collection.
Parkville is also known for its annual events and festivals – including music and beer festivals, classic car shows, a 4th of July Celebration, Parkville Days festival (Aug. 18-20), Paint Parkville (Oct. 6-14) and Christmas on the River (Dec. 1).
If you find yourself with more to do than fits in a day, check into one of the eight Airbnb suites or the Main Street Inn bed and breakfast so you can walk right out your front door, only steps away from the local eateries and shops.
At just about an hour from Kansas City, Atchison is home to five museums, more than 20 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, a cultural center, theatres and more.
The town, which was built along the Missouri River, prides in its Victorian-era architecture, a railroad heritage, art and being the hometown of world-renowned aviator Amelia Earhart.
In April, the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum celebrated its grand opening.
The 17,000-square-foot hangar facility features Art Deco design motifs that call to mind the 1920s and ’30s, formative decades in aviation history.
The museum offers a blend of historical storytelling and interactive STEM exhibits that surround the Museum’s centerpiece: Muriel — the world’s last remaining Lockheed Electra 10-E. Muriel is identical to the plane Earhart flew on her final flight around the world.
“The Museum has been uniquely designed to reflect Amelia’s fearless spirit and celebrate her legacy of innovation,” said Jacque Pregont, Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation board member. “Visitors will journey through Amelia’s courageous life of defying odds, overcoming social and scientific obstacles, and ultimately using her achievements to encourage others to realize new possibilities.”
Visit www.AmeliaEarhartHangarMuseum.org for more information about the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum and visitatchison.com to find other spots to visit in Atchison.
St. Joseph, MO
St. Joseph is original, authentic and uncommon in the best of ways.
From its 13 museums (more per capita than Washington D.C.) to shopping, dining, outdoor activities and a lively art scene, the rich history and cultural attractions offer up something for everyone.
Experience the thriving arts and culture scene. A must-visit is the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, which houses an extensive collection of American art. The second annual AKMA Art Fair, featuring artist’ booths, food, live music and children’s activities, will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., June 3. Find more information about events and exhibits at albrecht-kemper.org.
The Allied Arts Council hosts a number of arts-related events throughout the year. The Beer Walk for Arts takes guests on a journey through the Historic Museum Hill District while enjoying live music and sampling specialty beers paired with food tastings. The Sculpture Walk is a year-long exhibit of juried, outdoor sculptures in Downtown St. Joseph, featuring works of art created by artists from across North America. The guided “First Walk” is at 6:30 p.m., June 14, beginning at the corner of 8th and Felix. Find out more information about these events and others at stjoearts.org.
Dive into history at historical spots like the Pony Express National Museum, one of the original Pony Express stations, or the Jesse James Home Museum, where the famous outlaw was assassinated.
Top off a visit to St. Joseph by exploring local, unique shops and incredible dining options.
Visit stjomo.com for more information about upcoming events and experiences in St. Joseph.