Country Club Plaza Along The River in Kansas City
Kansas City began in the area now known as Westport. This was one the westernmost steamboat landing in the United States until the Kansas River shifted course and left the area dry. Westport Landing is now an entertainment center of the city. The metropolitan area is vast and requires a car to drive around. There are a lot of dog-friendly things to do in the city. The city is split between Kansas City Missouri and the smaller Kansas City Kansas.
Kansas City has dog-friendly hotels from most of the major hotel chains. The Westin Crown Center and the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center are dog-friendly hotels with a number of dog-friendly amenities. The Hilton President Kansas City and the Hilton Kansas City Airport are both dog-friendly hotels as well. There are pet-friendly La Quintas, Comfort Inns, Holiday Inns and other chains throughout the metro area in both Missouri and Kansas. If you are planning a longer visit to Kansas City with your dog and want more space and your own kitchen and living room areas you can consider one of many dog-friendly extended stay hotels in the area. If you are visiting Kansas City with a motorhome or travel trailer then you can stay at the Rutlader Outpost and RV Park is Louisburg KS, the Trailside RV Park in Grain Valley MO or he Basswood Country RV Resort in Platte City MO.
There are a number of dog-friendly attractions in the area. Independence Missouri, near Kansas City, was the home of President Harry S. Truman. You and your dog can tour the grounds of the Harry S. Truman Farm Home. There is plenty of open space on the farm. You can take a self-guided walking tour of the Westport area where Kansas City was born. The tour features Civil War sites, cemeteries and historical buildings. A map is provided at the Westport Historical Society. Westport also holds an open air farmers' market from May to October on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30. Leashed dogs are welcome. On the Kansas side of town there is The Prairie Center which is a 300 acre prairie preserve which welcomes leashed dogs. The Legler Barn Museum is 53 acres and serves as a historical outdoor museum. Dogs are allowed on the grounds but not inside buildings. Dogs are also allowed on the grounds of the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm which is the last stagecoach stop on the Santa Fe Trail still open to the public. Grinter Place State Historic Site is the oldest home in the county. Dogs are allowed on the grounds, which has a scenic view of the Kansas River and natural areas and woodlands to explore. On Friday through Sunday you can take your dog to the movies at The Boulevard Drive-In. If you want to shop the dog-friendly Legends at Village West is a great open air shopping center in Kansas and in Missouri there is the Country Club Plaza Shopping District with world class stores. There are over 150 stores, some of which are dog-friendly, a number of landmark fountains and a walking path along the river.
There are a number of dog-friendly restaurants in Kansas City. The Farmhouse offers patio seating for you and your dog. This restaurant specializes in Organic and Natural Foods. There are a few Spin Pizza Restaurants in the area with dog-friendly patio dining. There are also a number of dog-friendly restaurant patios at the Legends at Village West Shopping Center and the Country Club District in Kansas City. For dog-friendly restaurants in Kansas see the DogFriendly.com directory. There are some dog-friendly wineries in the area for wine tasting as well.
If you want to take your dog to the park there are a number of dog-friendly parks in the Kansas City area. Weston Bend State Park in Weston Bend MO is a good day trip from Kansas City. In town there are Loose Park, with Civil War sites and a number of ponds and Swope Park, the largest park in the city. Dogs are allowed throughout Swope Park on leash except in the zoo. There are also a number of fenced off-leash dog parks in town.
Nearby Kansas City are dog-friendly Springfield Missouri and St Louis.