#DTRoadTrip: Kicking It in Kansas City (Not Kansas)

Why is it called Kansas City when it’s not even in Kansas? This questioned dominated our conversation as we made our way from Detroit to Kansas City, Missouri.

We researched this question, and we learned that there are actually two Kansas Cities; one in Kansas and one in Missouri. Did you know that Kansas City, Missouri was actually formed before Kansas became a state? The name “Kansas” came from the native Kanza tribe, and it was first given to the city in Missouri. As the city grew in popularity, the state of Kansas formed their own Kansas City in an attempt to merge their popularity with Missouri, and possibly annex their state border to include both cities. This move just made Kansas look silly and desperate, and no one took Kansas City, Kansas, seriously ever again.

We’ve learned a lot of things on our #DTRoadTrip, but the history of Kansas City has to be in our top five favorite lessons. Join us now as we explore the better of the two Kansas Cities, and catch up with DriveTime Kansas City’s Inspection Center team.

Meet the Team


Our Kansas City Inspection Center may look like a enormous auto shop, but our technicians are artists. They are responsible for making DriveTime’s vehicles look beautiful, inside and out, and they don’t skimp on the details. They are in-tune with our customer’s needs, and they prepare every DriveTime vehicle to meet their expectations. DriveTime wouldn’t be anywhere without our incredible inspection center staff.

Time for Some Fun!


It’s no wonder why Kansas City, Missouri is more popular than it’s neighbor across the river. KCMO has everything! Fantastic food, inspiring art exhibits, memorable museums, exciting sporting events and all four seasons!

That’s right. Missouri is one of the few places in the U.S. with four distinct seasons. This makes it an exciting place to live, because nothing stays the same for long.

In the summer, you can enjoy Royal’s games at Kauffman Stadium, motor sports at Kansas Speedway, outdoor art exhibits, downtown farmers markets and average temperatures of 86 degrees.


Autumn turns the green city to shades of yellow, orange and red. Football fans also change color as the red masses flock to Arrowhead Stadium to cheer on the Chiefs.

Just 30 minutes north of the city is Snow Creek where you can ski, sled and tube in the winter.

In Spring, the melting snow reveals Snow Creek’s hiking and biking trails. In Kansas City, the spring brings refreshing rain and restarts the cycle of green.

The one downside to the Kansas City summer is the humidity, so we chose to spend our time in restaurants and museums. We did venture outside for a reverent moment at the Liberty Memorial, and then retreated to air conditioned Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Negro Leagues Baseball and Jazz Museum.

We would love to witness all the seasonal changes of Kansas City. Which one is your favorite? What KCMO hot spots did we miss? Let us know in the comments!

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See you on the road!


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