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3 Leaf-Peeping Road Trips from the Kansas City Area

Nature is but a short drive away

If travel restrictions and social distancing have gotten you down, we’re pleased to say that there are some amazing day trips that offer fresh air, excitement, and fantastic scenery all within a short distance from Kansas City. Buy here pay here dealerships can get you into the perfect vehicle for your road trip. So, pack up some granola bars, bug repellant, and bottled water, and check out these three top locations you can drive to from Kansas City.


1 - Weston Bend State Park

Head up the I-29 north and take the exit to 273 west and you’ll see signs for Weston Bend State Park. You’ll find a few walking trails here with breathtaking views of lush green hills and sweeping views of the flowing Missouri River. 

The best bet is the West Ridge Trail. It’s a 2.5-mile loop with a few steep elevation changes, but the track itself is smooth and safe. The lookout point at the West Ridge Trail Point is the spot to stop and soak it all in. You’re also not far from O’Malley’s Pub for a nice (non-alcoholic) pick-me-up. There’s also The Vineyards Restaurant, Holladay Distillery, Pirtle Winery, and the Weston Brewing Company.

The park is located alongside a forested river corridor, which makes it perfect for birdwatching. Head there in the spring or fall to witness glorious migrations. Throughout the park, you’ll find open shelters, enclosed shelters, picnic areas, and a playground.

Nearby there is accommodation at the Inn at Weston Landing Bed and Breakfast and Hatchery House, or you can stay at the Weston Bend State Park Campground, which offers hot showers and modern restrooms.


2 - Ha Ha Tonka State Park

It may be a bit further of a journey, but Ha Ha Tonka State Park is worth it for the views of one of the state’s largest natural springs. About 100 miles from Kansas City as the crow flies, the park has a network of trails with boardwalks for you to explore the intriguing history and geological features of the park. 

Construction of the park started in 1905 and various updates to the park were made until the 1930s, but the hotel burned down in a fire in 1942. The state purchased the park in 1978 and has been steadily opening up new features and amenities to visitors.

There’s a ruined castle to explore, wooded areas, open rocky glades, and relaxing picnic sites. It’s a park that you can return to time and again while still finding something new to explore.


3 - Fayetteville and Bentonville

There is a long list of trails to discover. The Razorback Regional Greenway includes 36 miles of trails over 19 interconnected routes. Then there’s Slaughter Pen, a 20-mile singletrack mountain biking trail with three levels of difficulties. Color Preserve includes trails built near Bentonville with an enduro-style challenge.If you’ve got space in your used car for a couple of mountain bikes, then heading 225 miles south on I-49 to Fayetteville could be the perfect way to experience some amazing trails. The entire area is a mecca for bikers as the network of towns is all connected by bike trails. Bentonville, in particular, has been designed to incorporate biking into life, so you can get just about everywhere on the handy bike trails.


Your chariot awaits

These top locations are perfect for getting out of the city, but what if you don’t have a reliable car that can get you there? Auto Bank of Kansas City has your back. With a massive list of great vehicles at low prices on the buy here pay here car lot, Auto Bank is the perfect place to pick up a bargain

If you need car financing, buy here pay here dealerships like Auto Bank are by far the easiest way to go about it. As the dealership itself takes charge of financing, there’s no running around between two or more different establishments trying to negotiate a loan. Not only that, but a buy here pay here dealership is not concerned with your past credit details. Auto Bank will be able to offer you car financing as long as you have provable income that shows you’ll be able to repay the loan.

Get in touch with Auto Bank today to see how much you can sensibly borrow for a car based on your income. We’ll do everything we can to make sure you have an outstanding, reliable vehicle to take you out and about in Kansas and Missouri.