Now that we’ve had our first official style of fall in Kansas Metropolis, we’re able to bask in all our favourite elements of autumn.
Because the bushes start to vary from inexperienced to vibrant reds, browns, yellows and oranges, it’s the proper time to discover a scenic byway and take a drive. Whether or not you’re Sunday cruisin’ or taking a drive on a random Tuesday, getting out in nature and watching one thing aside from a display will do you some good.
So, pack your favourite snacks and sweater, replenish the fuel tank, and make a highway journey playlist (or, you recognize, tune in to your favourite public radio station… only a suggestion). It’s time to hit the highway for these scenic drives!
Okay, so, this primary one will not be essentially a drive. Not anymore, anyway. Cliff Drive has been closed to motor automobiles for fairly some time, however this record would really feel incomplete with out it. Situated in George E. Kessler Park in historic Northeast Kansas Metropolis, Cliff Drive is a beloved Nationwide Scenic Byway — the one in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri.
The highway is roughly 4 miles lengthy, and is nestled beneath steep rocky bluffs and plush bushes. Though driving a automobile down Cliff Drive is at present prohibited, it’s a terrific place for biking or strolling (particularly you probably have babies and must deliver a stroller — except for bikes, you’ll have the road to your self!).
You should definitely stroll over to Lookout Level on 192 N. Garfield Drive for a view of the Missouri River and Northeast Industrial District. Or try to seek out the biggest tree in Missouri, which is situated in Kessler Park.
Additionally, if you happen to’re a fan of vacation lights, mark your calendar for Nov. 3 as Kansas Metropolis Parks and Rec is getting ready to open up a one-mile stretch of Cliff Drive to drivers for somewhat little bit of Winter Magic.
Vacation lights will likely be on show from 5-10 p.m., Nov. 3 via Jan. 1. Learn this text by Northeast Information for a map of lighted areas and extra info.
Flint Hills Nationwide Scenic Byway
Flint Hills Nationwide Scenic Byway on Kansas Freeway 177 stretches from Council Grove, Kansas to Cassoday, Kansas. It’s about two hours from Kansas Metropolis, and greater than 47 miles of sprawling prairie grass, rolling hills and jagged limestone bluffs. Within the fall, the grass turns to a heat, golden brown shade.
In accordance with the Nationwide Parks Service, tallgrass prairies are one of many rarest, most endangered ecosystems on the planet, encompassing solely 4% of their authentic space. Flint Hills in Kansas is the biggest authentic tall grass prairie that continues to be unplowed.
When you’re driving Okay-177, be sure that to cease on the Tallgrass Prairie Nationwide Protect customer’s heart, situated in a historic dwelling north of Sturdy Metropolis, Kansas. The customer’s heart is about midway via the scenic byway, at 2480B Okay-177. There you’ll discover a historic ranch in-built 1881, a bison herd and a one-room schoolhouse.
Weston Bend State Park
Although Weston Bend State Park does not have any scenic byways, the park itself makes for a stunning autumn drive. There are many locations to cease for a picnic or go on a paved or unpaved hike and stretch your legs. It’s about 40 minutes from Kansas Metropolis, so it makes for an ideal day journey.
The hilly, winding highway that leads via Weston Bend presents lovely forest views, as do the roadways surrounding the park. Then, when you get to the highest, you may discover a scenic overlook with views of the Missouri River.
Town of Weston is a perfect autumn vacation spot, too. Quaint and picturesque, you’ll be able to spend a whole weekend exploring Inexperienced Dust Farm, Weston Orchard and Winery, Weston Brewing Firm and Pirtle Vineyard.
Glacial Hills Scenic Byway
Glacial Hills Scenic Byway runs North to South (or vice versa, relying on the place you start) and is 63 miles lengthy. For individuals leaving from Kansas Metropolis, the byway begins roughly 45 minutes away in Leavenworth, Kansas, on the intersection of Okay-7 and Okay-92. Glacial Hills Scenic Byway ends in White Cloud, Kansas.
The byway has sweeping hills and rocky valleys that had been carved by historical glaciers — therefore the identify, Glacial Hills.
There are many historic stops alongside the best way, such because the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison. The Glacial Hills area is dwelling to one of many most well-known Pony Specific routes and incorporates a number of markers, together with the Lewis and Clark Riverfront Pavilion in Atchinson, the place Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery made stops.
In case you make all of it the best way to the tip and arrive in White Cloud, you’ll need to make sure and cease on the 4 State Lookout the place you may get a chook’s-eye take a look at the Missouri River Valley. It’s one of many 8 Wonders of Kansas, and on a transparent day, you’ll have the ability to see parts of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa suddenly!
Glade High Path Nationwide Forest Scenic Byway
In search of an enormous, panoramic view of fall foliage? Glade High Path has you lined. The 23-mile scenic byway is situated in Mark Twain Nationwide Forest — Missouri’s solely nationwide forest.
Glade High Path is a two-lane gravel highway that has seven stops (the place automobiles can pull over) providing all kinds of viewing choices. Not solely is the world identified for its gorgeous, brightly coloured fall leaves, it is also identified for its huge, sweeping glades — open areas within the forest — which is the place the byway will get its identify. In Missouri, glade habitats are dwelling to greater than 500 totally different species of native crops, such because the silky aster, a purple wildflower pollinators love.
This byway is roughly 4 hours from Kansas Metropolis, so that you’ll need to plan for both an extended day journey or an in a single day keep. However to not fear — from cabins, to tent or RV campgrounds, Mark Twain Nationwide Forest has loads of tenting choices.
The tenting space for Glade High Path is situated between stops six and 7. It’s dispersed tenting, which implies campers are just about roughing it in tents away from different campers. There isn’t any operating water, restrooms, hearth pits, or picnic tables so remember to evaluate guidelines and put together accordingly if you happen to plan to camp right here.
Likelihood is your cellular phone service is perhaps spotty, so this downloadable map of Glade High Path may help. The path is open 12 months spherical, however the very best time to catch altering leaves within the space is mid to late October. Joyful leaf-peeping!