Photograph the Kansas City Skyline via Kaw Point Park

Added by Jake Fagan

There are plenty of lookout points throughout Kansas City, this one being my personal favorite with no crowds. I like to think of it as a hidden Gem.

Located behind Kaw Point industrial Park is Kaw Point park. This park is located right where the Kansas and Missouri Rivers meet. It has historical significance too, the Lewis and Clark expedition actually camped at this spot for a couple of nights to rest, repair their boats, and to explore around the area. 

There are a couple paved trails in the very small park. To get to the best lookout, head to the very tip of the park where you will find a statue, sit on a rock and enjoy the view. 

As opposed to other lookout points throughout Kansas City, this is less popular than others. And in my opinion the best one since you are away from big crowds, city noise, and right on the river, looking at the Kansas City skyline in its entirety. 

For directions, just simply enter "Kaw Point Park" into your phones GPS and it will take you to the parking lot. it is such a small park that you can just hop on any sidewalk and head in the direction where you can see the skyline the best and you will find the statue and the best vantage point mentioned above.  

Read More


Easy Parking
Family Friendly


Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

My new go-to sunset spot!

Gorgeous view of the KC skyline with no crowds or excessive noise despite being in an industrial part of the city. This spot is a photographers dream sunset point for a skyline shot.

Great Photography Opportunity

The park is a little run down in places and I wasn't so sure I was going the right way because it's behind an industrial building. The park also has plaques commemorating Lewis and Clark and a display called "The Confluence of Nations." On the other side opposite the skyline photography spot, there's the Heritage Trailhead too, if you want to go for a longer walk than the relatively short trails through the park itself.

Great view of the skyline

Great view of the skyline and cool place to see the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers.

Stay Nearby

Oak Grove, Missouri

Kansas City East / Oak Grove Koa

Lawrence, Kansas

Overlook Park

Overview This day-use picnic area, located just north of Clinton Lake in the hills of Kansas, is the perfect spot for a party or family gathering.Recreation A horseshoe pit, sand volleyball court, ...

Lawrence, Kansas

Rockhaven Park Equestrian Campground

Overview Rockhaven Park is located on the south side of Clinton Lake, west of the Dam on the Rock Creek Arm of the lake. Rockhaven Park is the trailhead for the South Shore Trails (equestrian and h...

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike to and Photograph the Waterfall at Line Creek

    Head out to Line Creek Trail in Kansas City, MO where you'll find a photogenic waterfall. The trail stretches 8.25 miles currently with plans for extension. The closest trailhead to the waterfall is located near the Line Creek Community Center and...

    0.5 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike Parkville Nature Sanctuary

    Located just outside of Kansas City, MO, the Parkville Nature sanctuary is a great little place for hiking, photography, or just an escape from the city. The Nature Sanctuary is located directly behind the Platte County Health Department (1201 Eas...

    3 miles

  • Hike through Maple Woods Natural Area

    This is an easy hike through the woods on a non paved path. It can get muddy and washed out after rains and in some places the trail can be blocked by fallen trees or debris. The trail is roughly a loop with some side trails making it a shorter hi...

    1 miles 141 ft gain

  • Hike through Amity Woods Nature Park

    Easy, paved, approximately one mile trail with three mulched side trails. Great for kids and dogs. Near the end of the trail there's a small creek that's great for cooling down and playing. The side trails have wildflowers and birds. The last one ...

    0.9 miles 26 ft gain