Weston, Missouri, Kansas City
This little community has a lot to show back in a time when things were slower pace. The downtown is pretty well preserved from some 30-50 years ago, and there are some shops for souvenirs, and places to eat. They also have a tour of a tobacco warehouse and a wine processing area where you can get a tour and be able to purchase local flavor. The town is a nice place to rest for a weekend.
The history is fascinating in that it was a large river port back in mid 1800's and competed with St. Louis for shipments. The town grew to 5,000 people, but after floods and fires, it reduced to 1,000 today, and obviously the port is no longer active.
Weston Bend State Park
Catch a glimpse of the Missouri River and enjoy nature’s sites and sounds just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Kansas City metropolitan area at Weston Bend State Park.
Located on the Missouri River, the once-thriving town of Weston can credit its early success to tobacco growing and trade. Today, tobacco production still plays a part in the area’s economy. Five tobacco barns, one of which has been converted into a reservable enclosed shelter, remain in Weston Bend State Park to interpret the important role this industry played in the area’s history.
A scenic overlook, accessible to persons with disabilities, provides visitors with a view of the Missouri River, Fort Leavenworth and beyond. A hiking trail that meanders through the woods and along the edge of the bluff also provides great views of the river. Hikers and bicyclists will enjoy the peaceful setting of the three-mile paved loop trail that weaves through a hilly wooded area.
Secluded picnic sites, a playground and an open shelter, which can be reserved, make it an ideal place for family gatherings. For visitors wishing to get away for more than a day, a campground featuring basic and electric campsites, modern restrooms, hot showers and laundry facilities are available.
Spend a day away from everyday routines, taking in awesome views and enjoying the slow pace of nature at Weston Bend State Park.