Cliff Drive, the only urban Scenic Byway in the state of Missouri, twists and turns along the limestone cliffs high above the Missouri river in Kansas City. Originally built for Sunday rides in horse-and-buggy, Cliff Drive will now once again be free of motorized vehicles, at least on the weekends.
The Kansas City park board approved “Car Free Weekends” at the request of local citizens, closing Cliff Drive to motorized vehicles on weekends from May 16 to October 27 in an effort to promote family and group activities. The historic roadway will be reserved for pedestrians, bicyclists and skateboarders, and it is hoped that this will prove popular and lead to car-free days in other parks and boulevards in the city.
Cliff Drive is located in historic George E. Kessler Park and is approximately 4.25 miles in length, running from Indian Mound in the east to The Paseo and Independence Avenue in the west.