Let's be honest, Kansas City, Missouri, is a pretty sweet place. I mean, it's not known as the Barbeque Capital for nothin'... But what's even sweeter is the city's conveniently central location to some other really amazing places. In fact, with so many great places to take day trips, it's just wrong not to take advantage of what the local area has to offer.\nSo, next time you're bored and need something to do, choose to visit one of these epic places within three hours from Kansas City for a spontaneous day trip.\nEagle Bluffs Conservation Area\nDistance: 1 h 55 mins (126 miles)\nThis is a great place for a day or night trip. There are actually several places throughout the state to get a clear view of the Milky Way, but this is one of the closer areas. The Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area is perhaps the best spot with the lowest light pollution for miles.\nView this post on Instagram “Where was I when the rockets came to life, and carried you away, into the Alligator Sky” . . . #milkyway #missouri #midmissouri #missourisky #nightsky #missouriweather #starrynight #stars #midwest #missourilife #missourilifemoment #night #longexposure #missouriadventure #missouriphotographer #moconservation #outdoor #nightscape #missourionly #midwestlife #color #missourimade #columbiamo A post shared by Alec Pettus (@mud_coffee_camera) on Sep 12, 2018 at 10:46am PDT\nDunlap, Kansas\nDistance: 1 h 58 mins (119 miles)\nAn eerie Kansas destination, Dunlap, is one of many Kansas ghost towns. Once a thriving town in the early 1900s, it soon became victim to the Great Depression and most residents and businesses were forced to leave in search of a more promising life elsewhere. The current population is around 80, so most of the town's buildings are deteriorating. If you enjoy urban exploration, this should be a top destination on your list.\nView this post on Instagram Calm before the storm #thunserstorms#igkansas#kansasmagizine#noplacelikeks#memories#praire#urbexing A post shared by Jordan Koster (@jkosterphotography) on Sep 26, 2018 at 8:15pm PDT\nWild Animal Safari\nDistance: 2 h 49 mins (174 miles)\nGet up close and personal with some wild animals as you drive through five miles of man-made safari land. Many of the animals will even walk right up to your car, adorably harassing you for attention and food. Just watch out for those alpacas and llamas; they will happily spit on your face if they think you're shady — or just because they can. It's amazing how can something so cute can be so evil.\nView this post on Instagram 🦓 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #wildlife #zebra #travel #beautifuldestinations #beautifulplanet #drivethroughsafari #instapic #instatraveling #instamood #instagood #happymonday #newadventures #lifeisbeautiful #makingnewfriends #love #instaanimals #instaphoto A post shared by Aysel (@aysel_amin01) on Sep 24, 2018 at 4:49pm PDT\nWebsite\nMissouri Town 1855\nDistance: 35 mins (25.1 miles)\nStep back into the mid-19th century at Missouri Town 1855, where the workers are actors dressed up in character and the entire town is set up to replicate life during that time. It's a truly eye-opening adventure, and you'll surely leave thankful for all the comforts we have available to us today.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Salland & Son (@salland_and_son) on Jul 4, 2018 at 5:38pm PDT\nWebsite\nCoronado Heights Castle\nDistance: 2 h 57 mins (198 miles)\nLocated in Lindsborg, Kansas — a small town with a big personality and deep-rooted history. Not only is Lindsborg (aka "Little Sweden") known for its association with Swedish heritage and the biennial Svensk Hyllningsfest, but it's also home to the stunning and historic Coronado Heights Castle. Spend a day browsing the culture-rich village, then head over to the castle to wrap up a fun-filled day in a charming town you won't find anywhere else.\nView this post on Instagram @coloradobackcountryadventures posing for a quick pic. #eyeswidemovie #kansas #coronadocastle #historicalplace A post shared by EyesWide Life On Simpler Terms (@coloradomovie16) on Mar 6, 2017 at 9:05am PST\nWebsite\nHa Ha Tonka State Park\nDistance: 2 h 38 mins (152 miles)\nThis state park is home to the Europen-style Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins. Besides the physical ruins, the story behind how the castle came to be and it's unhappy ending is interesting alone. I don't want to spoil it for you, so I'll let you figure it out during your trip here... Don't you dare Google it either, you cheater. While the castle may be the main attraction, there are other things to check out here, like a bright blue spring and awesome rock formations.\nView this post on Instagram This sinkhole had me in awe 😲 recently. Only after Ethan and I hiked 200 ft down some steep stairs, did this beautiful sight come into view. It required some sweat, heavy breathing, and imagination that the hard work would be worth it. . 💪🏻 Have you ever had to put in some hard work without the end being in view? . Put your nose to the grindstone and keep working because you know it’ll be worth it? . Did you know it takes that same determination to #simplifyyourlife? 🤔 . Sometimes there seems no end to the piles of clothes falling out of your closet. Or the thought of actually creating a schedule seems too overwhelming to get started. Maybe even reviewing your finances to see where money is disappearing to gives you the heebie-jeebies. . Try picturing that end view in your mind. Reinforce your determination to keep going, keep working, and keep simplifying. I promise it’ll be worth it! 👍🏻❤️ . . . . #getorganized #organizemylife #personalorganizer #organizer #professionalorganizer #organizingmotivation #organizingtips #lifeorganized #simplifyyourlife #lifesimplified #declutteryourlife #makeyourownschedule #debtfreedom #lessstress #behappy #thehappynow #theoptimistprime #adventuretime #digitalnomadlife #bloggerlife A post shared by The Optimist Prime (@theoptimistprime) on Jul 8, 2019 at 1:18pm PDT\nWebsite\nTopeka, Kansas\nDistance: 1 h (63.3 miles)\nAs the capital city of Kansas, you know Topeka will have some pretty amazing things to see and do. There's the zoo, discovery center, Truckhenge, Equality House, and Evel Knievel Museum, to name a few. Click here to see a larger list of attractions in the city.\nView this post on Instagram While I was in Kansas this weekend, I went to the site of Hate Group, Westboro Baptist Church ...and I found something really amazing across the street. Video link is in my bio. Go Press Play ❤️ #LoveThyNeighbor #LoveConquersHate #EqualityHouse A post shared by Jaymes Vaughan (@jaymesv) on Sep 1, 2015 at 11:34am PDT\nWebsite\nSt. Joseph, Missouri\nDistance: 53 mins (54.6 miles)\nIf you enjoy a good museum day, a short drive to St. Joseph would certainly be in order. There are three unique museums to visit, the Glore Psychiatric Museum, showcasing the evolution of mental illness treatment at the State Lunatic Asylum No. 2; the Jesse James Home Museum, showcasing the legacy of the notorious famed outlaw; and The Pony Express National Historic Trail and Museum, pretty obviously showcasing the fastest mail service in the Old West.\nView this post on Instagram The #PonyExpress #NationalHistoricTrail begins in St. Joe, in the far north western part of Missouri. It lasted less than two years. Day 51 #100daysfor100years #findyourpark. #usa #traipse #travel. #Wanderlust #photography #photooftheday #america #getoutside #NationalPark #nps #nps100 #adventure #neverstopexploring #optoutside #thegreatoutdoors #nationalparkcentennial A post shared by Desira Fuqua (@desirafu) on Aug 20, 2016 at 7:10am PDT\nBaldwin City Train Depot\nDistance: 49 mins (45.8 miles)\nEat, drink, and enjoy the Midwest countryside via train. The Train Depot and trains are modelled in a classic 1940s style for an authentic old-fashion feel. Plus, they offer three-hour dinner tours through the scenic countryside. Occasionally, the company hosts events like wine tastings, murder mysteries, and special holiday runs, just to name a few.\nView this post on Instagram "Life is like a train track, full of possibilities and happiness." -Unknown 🖤🚂 A post shared by Paige Pauley (@paigeyyy_p) on Mar 4, 2017 at 11:50am PST\nWebsite\nMushroom Rock State Park\nDistance: 3 h (201 miles)\nPushing the limits of our three-hour criteria (depending on how fast you drive, of course), Mushroom Rock State Park in Kansas is a must-see for any nature lover out there. If you haven't guessed from the photos, the park was named for the curiously shaped rock formations, much resembling a mushroom. It has been enjoyed by humans for centuries.\nView this post on Instagram The coldest vacation. A post shared by Emery Forrest (@emeryforrest) on Mar 26, 2017 at 3:08pm PDT\nWebsite\nLawrence, Kansas\nDistance: 42 mins (40.4 miles)\nWhy not get away from the city by visiting another one? Lawrence is full of great shops, a fantastic state park, and the must-see Museum of Odd. Actually, that's barely scratching the surface of attractions here, so click this link and plan your much-needed outing.\nView this post on Instagram I don’t run anymore. I glide and flow. I don’t race or compete anymore. I play. Aside from stay active and eat healthy, the big lesson Crossfit taught me was find my own pace and live in the moment. Be happy, my people. #crossfit #running #trailrunning #clintonstatepark #lfk #woods #trail #hiking #fitness #nature A post shared by Cliff Lian (@clifflian) on Jul 22, 2018 at 5:24pm PDT\nWebsite\nPrairie Band Casino & Resort\nDistance: 1 h 21 mins (87.0 miles)\nGood food and good fun all in one location. Spend a day getting pampered and betting your luck at this amazing casino — only a short drive west into Kansas. Who knows? Maybe you'll walk away the next big winner.\nView this post on Instagram It's almost the weekend! How about you treat yourself to a nice weekend #getaway? We promise you that our two hot tubs in our patio area won't disappoint! #kansastravel #resort A post shared by Prairie Band Casino & Resort (@prairieband) on Nov 5, 2015 at 8:09am PST\nWebsite\nGrand Falls\nDistance: 2 h 32 mins (153 miles)\nLocated in Joplin, Missouri, is perhaps one of the most incredible sights in close proximity to Kansas City. Grand Falls is one of the top tourist spots in the entire city, and rightfully so. Cascading off a 163-foot-wide ledge, the falls are a great area in the creek for swimming, fishing, and Insta photos. The city wouldn't be complete without its very own oddity, so after you spend the day sightseeing and touring, be sure to investigate the mysterious Ozark Spooklight.\nView this post on Instagram #GrandFalls #GrandFallsJoplin #GrandFallsMissouri #waterfalls #LoveNature #Nature #Earth #Missouri #JoplinMissouri #Grass #Trees #Water #Lake A post shared by Just Nature (@justnature1) on Apr 1, 2016 at 1:12pm PDT\nWebsite\nThe (haunted) Sallie House\nDistance: 57 mins (51.1 miles)\nAtchison's most haunted house is less than an hour's drive from Kansas City, so why haven't you visited it yet? In September and October, you can do a self-guided tour or you can take a guided tour throughout the year. If you're feeling particularly brave, you can even stay the night. If you're not a believer, this house just might change that.\nView this post on Instagram #annabelle has a new friend #salliehouse #livescifi A post shared by Kristin Monger Manning (@kmanningart) on Apr 14, 2018 at 9:12am PDT\nWebsite\nKonza Prairie\nDistance: 1 h 51 mins (123 miles)\nIf you love natural picturesque beauty, you will thoroughly enjoy a trip to the Konza Prairie Biological Station. It consists of 3,487 hectares (that's 8616.5 acres) preserving a native tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas. Herds of wild buffalo, white-tailed deer, flocks of turkey, and numerous wildflowers call this prairie home. I hear the sunsets over these flatlands are absolutely captivating.\nView this post on Instagram I got the chance to go shoot tonight and it was such a beautiful sunset! The Flint Hills never fail! www.siglephoto.com #kansasphotographer #kansasmag #onlyinkansas #kansas #konzaprairie #midwestliving #midwestmoment A post shared by Tim Sigle (@sigle_photography) on Sep 11, 2018 at 11:17pm PDT\nWebsite\nWalt Disney Hometown Museum\nDistance: 1 h 56 mins (125 miles)\nDisney World is kind of far away, so this Walt Disney Museum is probably the next best thing. You could easily spend hours here looking at all of the Disney-related exhibits and displays. In fact, there are a few different memorials throughout the city dedicated to Mr. Disney (even the elementary school is named after him), so don't just stop at the museum. It's not surprising that this little town is super proud of the influential artist who once called it home.\nView this post on Instagram This morning I got to walk down the original Main Street USA and explore Walt Disney's boyhood home. It was pretty magical ✨Check out my story for more!! A post shared by ✨Miranda Lee ✨ (@themagicalmiranda) on Aug 17, 2017 at 10:09am PDT\nWebsite\nRock City Park\nDistance: 2 h 46 mins (183 miles)\nThe Kansas state animal should be a rock (but I digress). Anyways, Rock City is a state park filled with — you guessed it — rocks! These aren't just any rocks though, they're spherical boulders made of sandstone concretions created millions of years ago when Kansas was under oceanic water. This is the largest collection of these boulders in one place; it's estimated there are over 200 formations spanning over five acres; some are almost 30 feet across. That rocks!\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Emery Forrest (@emeryforrest) on Mar 26, 2017 at 6:18pm PDT\nWebsite\nJoyland Amusement Park\nDistance: 2 h 55 mins (197 miles)\nMore urban exploration for those into the creepy dark-carnival atmosphere of an abandoned amusement park. After a good run of 55 years, the Joyland Amusement Park closed permanently in 2006 — perhaps drawing more tourists in its closure than ever before. You may have to get creative with how you access the property, but people often manage.\nView this post on Instagram We found "Joy Land" today, an abandon amusement park in Wichita Kansas. It was pretty awesome. #joyland #joylandamusementpark #roadtrip #slide #amusementpark #abandoned #wichita #kansas #dstravelwest A post shared by Sara Harvey 🦄 (@4theloveoftoys) on Dec 27, 2014 at 3:02pm PST\nSomerset Wine Trail\nDistance: 45 mins (44.5 miles)\nThose who enjoy the finer tastes in life will have a blast touring the Somerset Wine Trail vineyards and tasting local wines. The trail is composed of four award-winning wineries: Somerset Ridge, White Wind Farm, Middle Creek, and Night Hawk.\nView this post on Instagram C a r e f r e e ✨🥂🌲 A post shared by Mrs. King ✨🧚🏾♀️📸 (@mad_hattr) on Jul 1, 2017 at 10:51pm PDT\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.