There are several unique communities within a short driving distance of Kansas City that have rich, wonderful histories, one-of-a-kind shops and tasty restaurants and are great options for groups to explore on a day trip. To explore Atchison, KS, take I-29 north from Kansas City to exit 20 and follow Missouri Highway 273 to Missouri Highway 45. Go North on Highway 45 to U.S. Highway 59. Take U.S. Highway 59 West four miles to Atchison. See below for our best bets, or visit http://www.atchisonkansas.net.