At either end of Interstate 70 in Missouri, you will find a city bursting with foodie finds, cultural wonders, and history. At the west lies Kansas City on the border of Missouri and Kansas, and on the east you will find St. Louis, bordering Illinois. We recommend a road trip to both, but read on for our top picks in each.
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View from the Top
Kansas City- Head to the National World War 1 Museum and climb to the top of the Liberty Memorial for panoramic views of Kansas City.
St. Louis- Iconic and unique, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis is a symbol of the city. Ride the elevator to the top and take in top down views of the whole city.
Nothing Like People Watching
Kansas City- Designed in the 1920s, head to Country Club Plaza for gorgeous Spanish architecture and posh shopping. You will find a plethora of public art and sculptures worth noting as well, such as the Spanish Bullfight Mural on Central Street, and the Fountain of Neptune on 47th Street.
St. Louis- It would be hard to miss Forest Park—it’s bigger than New York City’s Central Park by 528 acres! The setting for the 1904 World’s Fair, Forest Park is a lovely expanse of greenery and fountains.
FOOD & DRINK
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St. Louis- Italian food shines in St. Louis, home of toasted ravioli! Make a pit stop at longtime local favorite Café Napoli for classic Italian cuisine done right since 1989.
A Fancy Night Out
Kansas City- Fiorella’s Jack Stack is a must-visit for a true treat. It is consistently rated the best barbecue in the city and a true culinary treat.
St. Louis- Enjoy James Beard award-winning Chef Gerard Craft’s new restaurant Sardella, offering contemporary Italian cuisine.
Time for a Drink
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Kansas City- It makes sense that in the country’s capital of BBQ, one of the best bars is also a BBQ joint. Visit Char Bar, and head to the back for the beer garden, featuring croquet, bocce ball, ping-pong, cornhole, and of course, tons of brews on tap.
St. Louis- The beer scene in St. Louis is notable—home to Anheuser-Busch, you know the reputation here is solid. Find major refreshment at Schlafly Brewery, also a great place to grab a bite to eat.
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Kansas City- Spend an afternoon wandering the many local boutiques in Westport, the main entertainment district in downtown Kansas City.
St. Louis- Step back in time and explore Cherokee Antique Row for six blocks of charming antique shopping.
One Stop Shop
Kansas City- Looking to overhaul your closet? Look no further than Legends Outlets for deals at topstores.
St. Louis- Visit the glorious Saint Louis Galleria mall for hundreds of stores, giving you likely more options than you can choose from!
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Catch A Show
Kansas City- Breathe in the fresh air at Crossroads KC, Kansas City’s premier outdoor concert venue.
St. Louis- Old Rock House is a local favorite in St. Louis. Enjoy rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, rap and more at this legendary venue.
Wander Through A Museum
Kansas City- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art offers something for every type of art-enthusiast. Get lost in award-winning photography, Asian art collections, European paintings, and more. The museum is free to visit, and there is even a beautiful sculpture garden.
St. Louis- The City Museum of St. Louis is not your typical museum of long and lovely halls; rather, it is a fun-filled ridiculous adventure built inside an old shoe factory. While you run and play throughout the entire museum, from the seven-story slide to the rooftop Ferris wheel, take in the unique architecture—the building is made entirely of repurposed materials from St. Louis, including old chimneys, salvaged bridges, constructions cranes, and even two abandoned airplanes.
Whether you are craving classic BBQ eats in Kansas City or looking for an out-of-the-ordinary museum experience in St. Louis, these two Missouri cities are excellent examples of how sometimes it is true what they say—the Midwest really is best.