I recently found myself traversing the northeast corner of Kansas. Having never driven I-29 south of Omaha, NE, I wasn't quite sure what I was in for. As the interstate weaved in and out of Iowa and Nebraska, and then Missouri and Kansas, I was thrilled to see the landscape change. The natural rise and fall of the land added dimension to the trip, but didn’t prepare me for the amazing places I would experience.
My first stop was to visit the Village West area of Kansas City, KS. I spent time exploring Legends Outlets, an entertainment, shopping, and dining complex amid a growing events area. Cradled among Children's Mercy Park, the Kansas City T-Bones stadium, and the Kansas Speedway, this destination is a great getaway for groups or families traveling in the area.
The central fountain, sculpture scavenger hunt, and Topsy's Popcorn are just a few special ingredients sprinkled on Legends, which is also within walking distance of multiple lodging options, or a short drive from Great Wolf Lodge, home to a pretty cool waterpark.
From Kansas City, I headed to Overland Park. In its own distinction, Overland Park seems more rural though it is a suburb of KCK. The trees and prime shopping capture a vibe in the city. Checking my GPS and spotting attractions on the map had me wanting to stop multiple times.
Downtown Lawrence is lined with interesting shops, dive bars, theaters, bake shops, and more. There is a sense of community as you walk about town, I was even complimented on my outfit by a bearded gentleman smoking a cigarette. It all played to the feel of the area; friendly, energized, and slightly untamed.
As the sun went down, I headed to Salina, my final destination for the evening.
What did I find next? Stay tuned for Blown into Kansas - Part 2.