Published: October 2009Best Adventure Towns
Overland Park

Overland Park, Kansas

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Photograph courtesy of City of Overland Park

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Eight miles south of Kansas City, Overland Park is more like a quieter, greener extension of downtown than a residential suburb. Locals have 78 parks and four lakes outside their doors, including a 300-acre arboretum and botanical garden. In the 1990’s, the greater Kansas City area announced hopes to create a 1,444 mile system of greenways and trails connecting the smaller hamlets to the city. Since then, local communities throughout the area have created numerous hiking and biking trails, as well as parks and beautiful metropolitan greenways.

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PLAY
The paved Indian Creek Trail spans over 17 miles, 10 of which run straight through Overland Park, and accommodates cyclists, joggers, and rollerbladers (opkansas.org). Hikers can also head to the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, where six miles of paved and wood chip trails wind their way through the gardens and climb up to the limestone bluffs that jut above Wolf Creek, a tributary of the Blue River (opcvb.org).

EAT
Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall… Barley’s Brewhaus & Restaurant comes close, with 99 beers on tap. They also serve burgers and deep-dish pizza and host live local bands (barleysbrewhaus.com).

SLEEP
Originally constructed in 1927 as an apartment building, the Raphael Hotel has since been extensively renovated—and won a slew of Best Of awards for it (doubles from $139; raphaelkc.com).

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