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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Two Must-See Scenic Views in Kansas City, KS

Lewis and Clark at Kaw Point

Monument to Sacajawea,
who later joined the
Lewis & Clark
The Kansas River flows into the Missouri River at a point that became a camping spot for the Lewis and Clark Expedition well over 200 years ago. Today that point, known as Kaw Point, is a favorite spot for visitors to Kansas City, Kansas. As you stand on the point in Kansas, you look over the confluence of the rivers to Kansas City, Missouri.

Kaw Point Nature Trail
When I visited on a beautiful, but hot, July day, a few were beating the heat in their boats or canoes. The spot is a local favorite for canoeing and kayaking.

It's hard today to imagine what the point looked like when Lewis and Clark visited. One can imagine the bluffs were tree-covered and beautiful on that June day in 1804. When the expedition reached Kaw Point, it consisted of 45 men, including Lewis and Clark, three boats, four horses and a dog.

Today the Kaw Point Park offers nature trails as well as the awesome view.

View from Kaw Point Park

Rosedale Arch
The second great view of Kansas City, Missouri, from Kansas City, Kansas, is the Rosedale Arch. (Rosedale, once its own town, is now part of Kansas City, KS). This WWI Memorial, built in 1923, honors those who served and gave their lives in the 42nd Rainbow Division (comprised of National Guard units from 26 states and DC). Located just a short distance off I-35, the arch site offers a great view of the city.

The arch, inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, was designed by John LeRoy Marshall, a Rosedale resident.

View from the Rosedale Arch

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