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Old 05-20-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Hey all-

Stopping through KC next Friday. Is it worth to stop and see Missouri River?

Also could you tell me best place to stop off freeway 35 to view/take photos.

thanks!
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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Not really... but if into trains, there are a lot of great spots to trainwatch. KC is second largest rail industry and has a lot of railyards.

That said, if in City Market area, N side of downtown, walk to 1st/Main and there is a pedestrian bridge that goes over railroads and to the river - you get to see both. Under the Broadway Bridge (accessible from City Market) is an interesting river/rail site but there are often squatters there you need to be wary of.

The Argentine railyard in KCK is second largest in world apparently. Nearly a mile wide of tracks at its widest point. There is an access from 42nd/Kansas Ave in KCK and then go South (check google maps). Is very cool to watch a 'hump yard' in action... gravity brings down the cars for sorting and they bang in succession, bam bam bam bam, very cool sounds. I got trapped in the yard a few weeks ago when driving too deep into it - trains coming from both directions and I couldn't get out for about 30min. But you can view above on the 42nd street bridge over the yard, which has a pedestrian walkway.
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Thanks for the info, more worth it to see Union Station? We just have about an hour to stop on our way to Iowa and didn't want to miss something that would be easy to see and FREE.

Yes, I've seen the sticky thread at the top of the forum.
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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There might be some nice river views off Cliff Drive in Kessler Park
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Overland Park, Kansas
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Parkville, a near north suburb on the Missouri side, has a park with a jogging/walking trail right along the river. You could wade in and be baptized if you were so inclined. I'm impressed with how fast the river flows at times -- faster than it appears from afar.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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There are two things a person should do if only passing through KC and only have less than an hour or so to see the city.

Go the the top of the observation deck at the Liberty Memorial and Drive through (better to park and walk around a bit) the Country Club Plaza.
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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For Missouri River viewing - Case Park at 8th and Jefferson. Just a couple blocks off I-35. But as tzeb says, getting right down there close is impressive just to see how fast "Old Muddy" really runs.
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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The MO river isn't that impressive to look at in Kansas City, IMO, but there are other picturesque sites in town, as others have mentioned. The Muddy Mo, however, is just "meh" here.
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Old 05-22-2011, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center
Klondike Park

have fun
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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The MO river isn't that impressive to look at in Kansas City, IMO, but there are other picturesque sites in town, as others have mentioned. The Muddy Mo, however, is just "meh" here.
Kinda what I was thinking. But if you really just want to see the river, then people have given many great suggestions. I might add getting off at Front Street right on 35 and walking around by the casino down there, but Kaw Point and the overlook at the river market are where I would go.

Personally I would skip the MO river in KC though. It's just not that impressive and it's not developed or very active with people like you see an many river cities and the river itself if just not all that appealing to begin with. It's narrow, shallow and dirty.
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