Where to Find Fall Colors in KC

The arrival of fall foliage marks an especially picturesque period in Kansas City, when brilliant bursts of reds and yellows and oranges color tree-lined streets and public spaces. One look and you’ll see why TripAdvisor named Kansas City one of the “15 Best American Cities for Viewing Autumn Foliage.”

Track down some of KC’s most vibrant fall colors of the season:

Loose Park

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A beautiful, urban park just steps away from the Country Club Plaza, this destination is perfect for picnics, strolls and other outdoor activities.

The City Market

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Whether you’re visiting the farmers’ market or sampling international flavors at one of the many restaurants in the area, the foliage at The City Market is sure to wow. 

National WWI Museum and Memorial

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National WWI Museum

One of the prettiest landscapes in KC deservedly ranks as one of the best spots for colorful leaves, which appear even more striking when contrasted with the stark limestone exterior of Liberty Memorial. 

Weston, MO

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A perennial fall favorite, Weston remains one of the liveliest regional getaways. Festival or parade, distillery tour or live show, you’re sure to be swept off your feet by this charming village.

Cliff Drive Scenic Byway

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Pedestrians on Cliff Drive

An incredibly scenic road that cuts through northeast Kansas City, Cliff Drive is one of the city’s most treasured (and well-kept) secrets. Plus, it’s closed off every weekend for walkers, bikers and runners to marvel at the natural wonders found along the route. 

Powell Gardens

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Lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows characterize Powell Gardens, a veritable paradise of wildlife known for its botanical garden, nature trail and surrounding trees swathed in seasonal colors. 

Atchison, KS

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In between haunted houses and Oktoberfest celebrations stands Atchison’s autumnal foliage, an enchanting sight totally unique to any you’ll find in the region. 

Pumpkin Patches

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Area pumpkin patches offer plenty of opportunities for families to enjoy the seasonal colors and crisp weather—plus cider donuts and corn mazes. What more could you ask for?

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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Perfect for picnics on the lawn and days spent exploring countless masterworks inside, The Nelson-Atkins manages to be even more becoming with fall's arrival.

Country Club Plaza

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Shopping, dining or simply enjoying the atmosphere, the Country Club Plaza dazzles thanks to the combination of Spanish-inspired architecture and picturesque fall trees.

Independence, MO

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Idyllic doesn't quite cover it in Independence. The community touts stellar historic attractions like the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Truman Home and Vaile Victorian Mansion, each only amplified in beauty by brilliant oranges, reds and yellows.