Take a straight shot westward across the state on I-70 to Kansas City, a bustling metro that’s redefining Midwestern spirit. From museum visits at the National WWI Museum and Memorial and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to plenty of patio fun at hot spots like Percheron, Fox and Pearl and Messenger Coffee Co., it’s the perfect summer weekend destination for families and friends, couples and singles alike. And of course, there’s always the renowned barbecue scene, which visitors from across the world agree more than lives up to the hype. Pro tip? Start with Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que and Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, and go from there.
Distance: Less than 4 hours from St. Louis