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Get local perspectives and travel tips from people who live, work and play in Kansas City, KS!

Author: Kate McLiney

Kate McLiney is the Kansas City, Missouri native behind loKCal (pronounced local) - a Kansas City blog. Kate finds joy in exploring the nooks and crannies of our amazing city and can often be found in the newest coffee shop or hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Kate created loKCal with the hope of inspiring others to seek out their own adventures in KC and beyond.

Website : http://www.lokcal.org/

Instagram handle @lo.kc.al

This year I want to focus on trying new places and supporting local business as much as possible. I was planning a trip to Bonner Springs and I found myself in the cutest little coffee shop! Third Space was the perfect place to spend the morning reflecting and goal setting. 

Have you ever wanted to go back in time? Well, now is your chance! Every fall in Kansas City, The Kansas City Renaissance Festival allows you to step back into Medieval times. Visit Kansas City Kansas sent me to the festival on opening weekend and I was blown away! There is truly something there for everyone - wax hands and man-powered rides for children, whiskey and bourbon tasting for adults, and even a romantic date option for medieval couples! 

I have a confession to make - I grew up a Missouri girl. I lived in Kansas City, MO and went to school in Kansas City, MO and didn't have many reasons to cross the border. My entire life seemed to be in my Missouri bubble and I had no idea what I was missing on the Kansas side of town! My grandpa had grown up in Wyandotte County, and he can still name what block everyone lived on and where all the churches were. He is a history buff, so I grew up hearing about Lewis and Clark and John Brown and all of the other influential men and women who made an impact on KCK. I could sit and listen to his stories for hours! It was until I moved back to Kansas City after college that I started exploring all of the neighborhoods he had been telling me about. So of course, I was thrilled when Visit Kansas City Kansas asked me to be their "off the beaten path" blogger this year! I love any excuse to spend more time in the city my family came from.