Book Description: Enjoy a welcome change of pace and discover a world you may not know exists in your own backyard. Day Trips describes hundreds of fascinating and exciting things to do (many free of charge) and most within a two-hour drive of Kansas City. Have a close encounter with birds and mammals at the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Examine their tracks or observe the animals themselves across 7,000 acres of man-made marshes. Learn about the history of the Pony Express at the Pony Express Museum. State-of-the-art exhibits and hands-on displays help tell the dramatic story of one of the first express mail companies. Belly up to the longest mineral-water bar in the world at the Historic Hall of Waters. Rejuvenate yourself with steambaths and all types of therapeutic bodywork. Each day trip includes travel directions, destination highlights, other places to visit along the way, choice restaurants, lodging and shopping.