More Travel Facts for the Mill Creek Streamway Park
The cool rush of Mill Creek attracts more than 700,000 visitors a year, making the trail system one of the most popular in the greater Kansas City metro area. So reach for the sunscreen and tour this linear park of shaded walkways, prairie fields, leafy overlooks, bridges and boardwalks, lazy lakes and a landscape rustling with wildlife and recreation.
Here are extended Travel Facts to help you enjoy the summerscape in Kansas, and read the full article to learn more about what makes this streamway park sizzle.
Where to Stay
Full-service hotels include the downtown Hyatt Regency (816.421.1234), with its revolving Skies restaurant, and the Embassy Suites near Country Club Plaza (816.756.1720). Nearer the trail there's the Radisson Lenexa-Overland Park (913.888.6670) and the Courtyard by Marriott (913.631.8800), only a mile or so from the Midland Drive access point.
Where to Eat
Some of Kansas City's most famous barbecue restaurants are far from the trail on the Missouri side. But eateries closer by also have tasty offerings. Try Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue in Olathe (913.782.6858) or Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue in Overland Park (913.385.7427). Panzon's, near the trail in Lenexa (913.492.9555), serves great Mexican fare. For a hearty Italian meal, check out one of the four Garozzo's restaurants (913.491.8300). Fritz's Railroad Restaurant in Kansas City, Kans., and in Crown Center, in the heart of the city, delivers great burgers to your table by a toy train overhead (913.281.2777).
What to Do
The Kansas City area has plenty to offer along with its famous barbecue, jazz haunts and major-league sports teams (baseball's Royals, football's Chiefs and soccer's Wizards). KC is home to NASCAR's Kansas Speedway and the new Power and Light District downtown entertainment area, which is directly across from the new Sprint Arena and features dozens of restaurants and outdoor concerts. The historic Country Club Plaza shopping district, designed in 1922 as the nation's first suburban shopping destination, is a draw, as is the city's thriving arts scene, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and its critically acclaimed new Bloch Building. Other attractions: the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and a museum dedicated to like-new artifacts recovered from a 19th-century riverboat that sank in the Missouri River.
Besides the Mill Creek trail, other favorite pathways are the Indian Creek Trail, which connects Johnson County with southern Kansas City, Mo. The Trolley Track Trail is another popular route. The closest access point for Missouri's cross-state Katy Trail State Park is in Clinton, Mo., a 90-minute drive southeast of the metro area. Closer in, the city's boulevard system is a point of pride, as are its many fountains. It's said that Kansas City has more boulevard miles than Paris and more fountains than Rome.
Bikes, but not bike racks, can be rented at River Market Cyclery in downtown Kansas City, 315 E. Third St. (816.842.2453). The Johnson County bus system connects with downtown, and all its buses have bike racks. Several routes come within a few miles of the trail. Check out Johnson County Transit for details on bus service.