Sightseeing in Rock Creek

Museum Visits for Two or Four to Leila's Hair Museum (Half Off)

Leila's Hair Museum

Independence

$12 $6

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Hair museum dedicates its space to wreaths, reliquaries, and jewelry all made from and with hair

Visit for Two or Four to the American Jazz Museum (Up to 45% Off)

American Jazz Museum

Kansas City

$20 $12

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Guests look and listen inside exhibits that chronicle the history of jazz, including a 1930s nightclub replica where live musicians play

6- or 12-Mile Helicopter Flight for Up to Three from Timberview Helicopters (Up to 51% Off)

Timberview Helicopters

Northland

$191 $95

Flight over downtown area delivers views of the city center, Sprint Center, and the Plaza

12-Mile or 25-Mile Helicopter Flight for Up to 3 from KC Copters, A Johnny Rowlands Company (Up to 58% Off)

KC Copters- A Johnny Rowlands Company

Multiple Locations

$359 $149

Helicopters fly around the city to showcase sights such as the Power & Light District in daylight or at night when the skyline's lit up

General or VIP Visits for Two Adults and Two Children to the National Airline History Museum (Up to 83% Off)

National Airline History Museum

Northland

$26 $12

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Photographs, artifacts, and aircraft such as 1941 Douglas DC-3 and 1952 Martin 404 illustrate the history of commercial flight

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Kansas City

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Saturday Night Stargazing for Four or Private Party for Ten from Astronomical Society of Kansas City (50% Off)

Astronomical Society of Kansas City

Powell Observatory

$24 $12

Saturday night stargazing sessions and private functions for all ages gives visitors a tour of the Powell Observatory and the night sky

Visit for Two, Four, or Six People to the Glore Psychiatric Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Glore Psychiatric Museum

St. Joseph

$12 $7

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Psychiatric museum in "1,000 Things to Do Before You Die" explores old-fashioned mental-health treatments in surgical admitting building

Membership to Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Including Dinner Gala (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Robert J. Dole Institute Of Politics

Lawrence

$100 $65

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The Dole Institute's mission is to promote civic participation among young people and demonstrate the honor of working in politics

Visit to the Johnny Carson Birthplace for Two, Four, or Six (50% Off )

Johnny Carson Birthplace Society

Corning

$14 $7

Tour the recently restored childhood home of Johnny Carson, and watch video clips of his classic Tonight Show jokes

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The late-October sun shining down on the stadium illuminates the 76,000 or so fans around you?fans who only pause their whooping, screaming, clapping, and whistling to yell for the Chiefs as another football game begins.

Arrowhead Stadium might initially impress visitors with its upgraded sound and scoreboard systems, expanded concourses, 360-degree video-ribbon board, and upgraded snack choices. But what keeps them coming back to the place is the camaraderie they feel watching their favorite football team catch a touchdown pass or stop an opponent short of the goal line.

The Hunt family recognizes this spirit, which is why when the time came to make decisions about the future of Arrowhead several years ago, they knew that, unlike other teams, who were tearing down and completely rebuilding their venues to better fit the modern world, they needed to preserve their iconic stadium. So with the help of Jackson County's loyal citizens, they raised $375 million and added such features as the Founder's Plaza, the luxurious Scout Investments Club Level, the Chiefs Hall of Honor presented by Time Warner Cable, and a new team store.

1 Arrowhead Dr.
Kansas City,
MO
US

When writer Richard Faulk set out to catalog the nation's oddest corners for his book Gross America, Leila's Hair Museum was an obvious choice. There, Leila Cohoon preserves and furthers the off-kilter artform of hair-based crafts, which stretches back to the 1700s and beyond. In a piece for CNN.com, Faulk notes that, in pre-photography days, Victorian artisans would "[weave] jewelry and decorative lace out of human hair" as a means of remembering departed loved ones, with "successive generations [sometimes adding] to the lacework to create a genealogical record, much like a family bible". In addition to these personal mementoes, Leila's collection includes 400 hair-based wreaths dating before 1900, and numerous reliquaries said to contain the hair of Mary, mother of Jesus, St. Anne, grandmother of Jesus, and pieces of the cross. Hair pieces belonging to Michael Jackson, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Lincoln, and other presidents also reside here. Although not hair-related, the museum also features a brooch that is said to contain threads from the coat of Joseph, father of Jesus. The quirky outpost has attracted the attention of racontours other than Faulk, too--noted gadabout Anthony Bourdain also paid a visit during an episode of his show No Reservations.

1333 S Noland Rd
Independence,
MO
US

In July 1957, former President Harry S. Truman took his first walk to the newly opened Harry S. Truman Library & Museum and took a seat in his private office. Here he wrote his memoirs; welcomed celebrities, statesmen and presidential hopefuls; trained the first museum docents; greeted schoolchildren; and recorded a welcome message for the Oval Office exhibit that continues to greet visitors. Visitors to the historic archives can see this private space and step into a nearly exact replica of the Oval Office—the construction of which Truman oversaw—as well as the original The Buck Stops Here sign.

Throughout the museum, exhibits feature some of the archives' 30,000 photographs, letters, political memorabilia, and Truman-family possessions. In the first room of The Presidential Years, visitors watch a short film on the president's early life and senatorial career. They then pass through rooms filled with artifacts and multimedia displays focused on global issues that Truman faced: the end of WWII, the formation of NATO, and the beginnings of the Cold War. Inside two interactive auditoriums, audiences step into the president's role and vote on many of the issues he faced, such as the 1948 election, Cold War spies, and whether to throw his next birthday party on an aircraft carrier. In Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times, children explore Truman's pre-presidential years and courtship with his wife through electronic driving games, historical quizzes, and a craft table where they can make their own campaign buttons. They can also inspect artifacts such as a WWI cannon and the president's 1940s car.

The exhibits also touch on and buttress the greater American story. Over the museum’s entryway sprawls Independence and the Opening of the West, a 495-square-foot town-history mural created by Missouri native Thomas Hart Benton. Members are invited to annual events such as the Presidential Wreath Laying Ceremony, Veterans Day Celebration, Members Night at the Museum, Bess's Tea and more. And members are always admitted free to monthly Talkin' Truman programs with the museum's curators and archivists.

500 W US Highway 24
Independence,
MO
US

When he was a child, Michael Russell spent a lot of time in his father’s darkroom, watching and helping him develop photographs. As Russell grew into an adult, he still loved photography but opted to pursue a career in front of the camera as a television news reporter. Even as he interviewed celebrities, presidents, and wax statues of presidents, he found himself most engaged with shooting his own video, and with framing shots of natural landscapes and wildlife. He eventually would leave his broadcasting career to teach photography full time, and venture on expeditions to scenic vistas and art fairs. During Russell’s workshops, his picture-snapping protégés can pick his brain as they practice various photography concepts and sample professional lenses.

6800 Zoo Dr
Kansas City,
MO
US

Taking a three-hour lunch break might be frowned upon when you're at the office, but not if you work for Taste of Kansas City Food Tours. The company's tour guides specialize in meals on the move, leading groups to nearby restaurants for samples of their specialties. The stops on the walking tour tend to be locally owned eateries located slightly to the left of the mainstream—though they don't shy away from a famous pizza joint or two.

One route takes guests through Crossroads, and the other explores Westport, but both fill the time between bites with facts about the neighborhood and its history. The tastings on each tour might change from day to day, so surprise is the only common ingredient. One thing you can be sure of, however, is that you'll end the afternoon with a full stomach and a stack of clean plates.

1727 Brooklyn Ave
Kansas City,
MO
US

A glass bridge is suspended above a field of 9,000 red poppies, each flower representing 1,000 soldiers who died in the Great War. This living symbol is one of the many powerful exhibits within the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, the only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to World War I and dedicated by Congress as the nation's official World War I museum in 2004.

Designed by Ralph Appelbaum, who also lent his expertise to such landmarks as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National World War I Museum integrates first-person accounts into a narrative that flows through its permanent and visiting exhibitions. The museum's collection comprises World War I artifacts such as field artillery, a 1917 Harley Davidson motorcycle, and unopened cigarette packs from a 1914 Princess Mary Christmas Box. Beyond the exhibitions, the museum extends to Over There Caf? and a gift shop.

Liberty Memorial, 100 W 26th St
Kansas City,
MO
US