Road trip – Destination: Kansas City


By Kacie Gerard

Fall break is next week – what better time to gather up some pals and head out of town on a road trip? And with only four days to go somewhere, why not make it fun, cheap and convenient? Kansas City is the perfect place.

Only a three-hour drive from Omaha, Kansas City is the ideal location to spend a few days. Shopping, dining, clubbing, sports events and haunted houses all await.

Once road trippers get to Kansas City, finding a hotel should be easy. Holiday Inns, Marriotts and the Fairfield Inn all are reasonably priced and located next to major attractions.

Kansas City shopping is a big draw for the ladies. A plethora of stores is found at The Plaza, located in downtown Kansas City. Favorites include Abercrombie & Fitch, The Sharper Image, FAO Schwartz and J. Crew.

After a long day of shopping, a two-minute walk can get you to a great restaurant. The Cheesecake Factory, The Classic Cup and Houston’s all are in The Plaza. They offer a variety of dishes from Thai pizza and giant salads to steak and potatoes.

Once you’ve had a day of fun at The Plaza, Kansas City offers nightlife to rival any big city.

Bars such as Scoreboards offer karaoke contests, dart playing and cheap beer. For a more “clubbing” atmosphere, try heading down to Kansas City’s leading techno dance club, Club Evos. For a night of blues, try Club Paradox. If laughter is what you’re looking for, Jesters Comedy Club always delivers.

If none of those suit your taste, visit one of the many haunted houses open in Kansas City during October. Over nine houses are active during the season. Each is unique, with names like The Edge of Hell and The Nightmare on 13th Street, which says it may not be suitable for children 13 and younger.

For a more relaxing evening, one can always hit up one of the many AMC Theaters located throughout the city, where everything from chick flicks to action movies can be seen.

Lastly, for all those die-hard sports fans, why not enjoy a fun evening at Arrowhead Stadium cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs?

After your weekend of fun, driving home those three hours, everyone can laugh and recount what a great road trip they’ve experienced and be amazed that people could have so much fun so close to Omaha.


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