Once in a while, our travels take us to more urban areas. A conference recently took us to Kansas City, Missouri. There are so many things to explore in this city, so I'll just touch on a few that we enjoyed while we were there.
The National WW1 Museum & Memorial
One of the first places we visited was The National WW1 Museum and Memorial. It was later in the afternoon when we got there so we didn't have as much time as we would have liked to look around. The museum and memorial are worth the trip if you are in the area. I'd recommend you give yourself more time that we did. What can you do when you have limited amounts of time due to a conference though.
If you are an avid book reader, you may enjoy a quick trip downtown to see the book building (as I call it). From the Sheraton where we were staying, it was a quick trip on the KC Streetcar (free) to the Central Library. From there it was a quick one-block walk to the parking garage that has a unique design on the outside of the building.
Among the titles shown on the building is The Lord of the Rings, A Tale of Two Cities, and Romeo & Juliet, etc. As someone who doesn't really enjoy reading that much, it was fun to check out. I would imagine that if you love reading it would be more enjoyable. This stop probably won't take you very long but is a neat feature in the city that is worth a quick trip to see.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art was one of my favorite parts of the trip. No doubt because it embraced my creative side. The only way I could have enjoyed it more was if the weather had been a bit warmer. The weather only effects exploring the outdoor Donald J. Hall Sculpture Garden.
The sculptures are spread out well on the grounds with plenty of space for little ones to run around or a nice picnic (weather permitting). Some of the highlights from the sculpture garden include the four large shuttlecocks that are placed throughout the grounds. My favorite part of the sculptures is the glass labyrinth. Proceed with caution though, it is easy to run into the walls.
The indoor galleries are fantastic as well. There is an extensive range of exhibits that cover years of history from around the world. There are paintings and so much more in the galleries. Plenty of art to explore and enjoy!