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Exploring Kansas City

This week I was in Kansas City, MO for work, and I went for the most beautiful and rejuvenating run Tuesday morning. I’d never spent any real time in KC, and it was fun exploring the city on foot! Little did I know that there are beautiful fountains and sculptures around every corner.

That morningย I was told to leave the hotel and turn right at the big fountain. I was worried I’d miss it, but luckily I stumbled across this beauty.


The fountain was created in Paris by sculptor Henri Greber in 1910, and was originally located on an estate in New York. It was then discovered in a salvage yard in 1951 and shipped to KC for restoration. It’s been gracing this park with its presence since 1960 and is is known as the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain on the Country Club Plaza.

Here’s a more detailed shot of the fountain. The four large, cast bronze equestrian figures are said to represent the four mighty rivers of the world: the Rhine, the Seine, the Volga and the Mississippi (source).


One thing I liked about running in KC is that you could be in a “downtown” area one moment and with just a few turns find yourself down a tree-lined neighborhood street.


I loved the colors of the foliage is this neighborhood in particular (there’s also a fountain…I see a pattern!). The leaves are just starting to make an appearance in Chicagoland, and it was refreshing to know spring will come eventually!

While in this neighborhood I stumbled across the funniest dog-related sign in a front yard.


Luckily the complex in which we live provides what we call the “Poop Post” with doggy bags and a trash can. I thought this homeowner’s solution was classic.

My run was only four miles, but I felt refreshed and ready to take on the day by the time I returned to the hotel around 7:15 am. I need to remember to run more often in the morning!

11 thoughts on “Exploring Kansas City”

  1. I’ve never been to KC, so thank you for sharing your photos on what looks to be a wonderful place! I SO have to get me that dog sign. lol

    1. I’m thrilled you liked the photos! I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful KC is ๐Ÿ™‚ And isn’t that sign great? Totally cracks me up, and it’s so necessary!

  2. I love Kansas City. I agree with you– It’s such a great size so that you have the best of both worlds (urban and suburban within blocks of each other). I really find that the people are generous and have midwestern values which I love as an Iowan. Did you get a chance to go to other areas outside of Country Club Plaza? There are some great neighborhoods throughout the metro that are worth spending the time exploring! Glad you had such a wonderful time!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Steph!! I would love to get back to Kansas City to explore more ๐Ÿ™‚ I was just there for one night so I didn’t get a chance to roam too much, but I’ll definitely keep those neighborhoods in mind for my next visit – thanks for the suggestions!

      As an east-coaster originally who’s lived in IL for three years, I have to say that I love the midwestern spirit. The people I meet out here are so kind!

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