Ah, day trips – they’re one of the best adventures you can have while staying close to home. Unlike traditional vacations, day trips are accessible by hopping in the car and driving a short distance to reach your destination rather than catch a flight or drive long distances. They’re ideal when you’re short on travel time and just need to get away.

While Kansas City life is pretty incredible, sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and escape from the city to a more quiet, serene location.

Have you ever taken a day trip, or a staycation? If you haven’t, you’re in need of one! There is so much to discover nearby. With beautiful locations just hours away, there are many options when it comes to planning your next day trip. Keep reading to discover some of the best day trips near Kansas City!

Florida, Missouri

Are you a Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn fan? If so (and even if you aren’t) you’ll want to visit Florida, Missouri, just three hours outside of Kansas City. Florida is the birthplace of Mark Twain, one of America’s most renowned authors. Whether you’re a Twain fan or a history buff, you’ll love exploring Florida for its rich history. No one’s lived in Florida, Missouri since the mid-20th century , but visitors are able to tour Mark Twain’s birthplace, a historic site. There are also great restaurants and cafes just minutes away. A day trip to Florida will definitely leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.


Atchison, Kansas

Calling all aviation fans! Atchison, Kansas is a must see if you’re fascinated by all things aviation. It’s the birthplace of Amelia Earhart and has plenty of history to immerse yourself in. Just under an hour drive from Kansas City, Atchison is a great family day trip with plenty to keep the family occupied. From touring Amelia Earhart’s birth home to walking along the historical Atchison Riverwalk, it’s a great place to explore while escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. If you’re fascinated by history then you’ll definitely enjoy visiting Atchison.


Excelsior Springs

Complete with parkland, golf courses and a historic hotel (Elms Hotel) to explore, Excelsior Springs is a great option for those who are looking to visit the countryside and enjoy a peaceful, quiet day. The drive is a quick 35 minutes, a perfect amount  if you’re wanting to stay close to home but still feel like you’ve escaped the city. Have a fisherman in the family who would enjoy casting their line in a peaceful river? Have a history buff in the family who would love to immerse themselves in the rich culture of downtown? Want to explore wineries and breweries and get a feel for the local flavor? Regardless of who is traveling to Excelsior Springs, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Powell Gardens

Stop and smell the roses, literally, when you visit Powell Gardens! Only 45 minutes from Kansas City, Powell Gardens offers so many beautiful, lush plants to see in its 970 acre botanical garden. Powell Gardens is a not-for-profit public garden that is complete with gardens to explore, a nature trail as well as many year-round events to enjoy. They have an upcoming Festival of Lights event to kick off the holiday season, so you’ll want to visit within the next few weeks if you’re looking for a festive day trip!


Branson, Missouri

You may have already visited Branson, but it’s a close destination that never gets old. Less than 3.5 hours away, Branson appeals to the shopper, foodie and outdoor adventurer with tons to see and do. Golfers will enjoy Top of the Rock with courses designed by some of the world’s best golfers (Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, etc.). Enjoy Silver Dollar City, a theme park for the whole family, excellent dining options, shows, and so much more. If you haven’t already visited Branson then you need to make plans to visit some day soon!


We hope you find our list of the best day trips near Kansas City helpful! If you have questions about any of the destinations above or want to learn about other great places to explore near Kansas City, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

A day trip is made even better when you book chauffeured transportation with Overland. Whether traveling with your significant other or planning a family reunion, we have the perfect vehicle for your group. From luxury sedans, SUV’s and vans to spacious motor coaches that seat up to 56 passengers, we have many options in our fleet for your day trip near Kansas City. 

Contact us today to get your day trip booked!