If you want to relax, enjoy the views, listen to the rails clicking below you, visit locations along the way or just be a part of the American rail system, you must take a train trip across the state of Missouri. Whether you enjoy sifting through antiques, perusing small boutiques or catching a sporting event, there are many Missouri travel destinations to choose from.
The train departs from the Downtown or Kirkwood Station twice daily. It makes stops in Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee's Summit, Independence and Kansas City. You need to visit the Amtrak site to learn about the schedule and pricing. You can depart at any stop along the way and wait for a return trip, or spend time at the stop and reboard the next train to Kansas City.
So, let's begin.
First, there is the remodeled train station in Kirkwood, which is staffed by a volunteer group of train buffs. If you decide to explore the town, you can visit Kirkwood Junction to the right and left of the station. The junction is dotted with unique boutique shops, restaurants and the farmer's market. This is definitely a place you want to explore now or later.
Heading west, the next stop is Washington, a quaint river town on the Missouri River. Washington is home to a wonderful walking trail and park right on the river. It is a hilly city, possessing many older buildings which house small shops and restaurants. There is also a very modern section of the town where you will find hotels, big box stores and fast food eateries.
All aboard, once again, for Hermann awaits you. Hermann is noted for its many wineries. Hermann is also on the Missouri River, and is a very old river town. Antique shops sit next to boutique shops. There is a strong German heritage in this village, so you can visit the historical museum, gift store or partake of German foods. But don't forget to enjoy the wineries. Not only can you sip and taste, but you can have a dinner along with your favorite Missouri wine.
On to Jefferson City, the capital of Missouri. You will want to take time to visit the State buildings and explore, once again, a city on the Missouri River. Then comes a stop in Sedalia, which is home to the State Fair of Missouri, and the train continues on to Independence, the birthplace of Harry Truman. The Truman Library is situated in Independence. The Library is surrounded by beautiful manicured grounds, and once inside, a sort of quiet attitude pervades the many exhibits.
The last stop is Kansas City, the home of the Baseball Royals and Football Chiefs. It is also the home of Hallmark Cards, a great touring experience, along with Crown Plaza, which is dotted with lights, a restaurant, a skating rink and other places of interest. You'll need to visit the website to get an overview of all the attractions around the city.
Enjoy your trip across the great state of Missouri. The train rails follow the Missouri River, so as you relax and ride, you can observe the river wildlife, the barges, the trails, the lush scenery in the spring, fall or winter or the barren silhouette trees of winter.
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