Kansas City is located in the Plains and is the junction point for several Interstate freeways. This large city, population nearly 500,000, is essentially split by the August 21, 2017 eclipse. Totality only occurs in the regions roughly north of Interstate 70 or the Missouri River. The duration of totality increases in the northern direction. Totality lasts for about 45 seconds at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. Barely 38 miles north on Interstate 35, the duration is about 2 minutes and 38 seconds.
There are full commercial services in Kansas City such as hotels, shopping and other services in the area. Nearby attractions include many historical pioneer sites, parks and trails. Travelers to the region are advised to book accommodation early.
Eclipse Viewing Venues
There are many open spaces around Kansas City. The city is situated in the Great Plains with fairly flat expanses in all directions. At the start of totality, 1:07pm, the sun will be high in the sky. There are eclipse viewing possibilities in the city, or to the north.
Official eclipse viewing venues may be established as August 21, 2017 nears. These may be set up to take advantage of the open spaces near the city where a large number of visitors could park.
While there is an extensive highways and other roads, congestion is very likely on the day of the eclipse. Kansas City may be one of the most popular viewing locations for the 2017 eclipse. Travelers should arrive early and expect some difficulty when departing.
Last Minute Accommodations
Those eclipse viewers arriving at the last minute may find accommodation options but they may be pricey. Visitors can also consider staying in St. Louis, and driving to an eclipse viewing location. As mentioned, however, traffic congestion is likely to be heavy on the day of the eclipse.
Area Weather Possibilities
Kansas City is usually sunny and dry in August. Unfortunately, thunderstorms may develop at this time of year, near the time of the solar eclipse. Clear weather is vital for eclipse watching. Eclipse viewers will want to monitor the local weather forecast in advance. Moving to a more suitable viewing location may be necessary if bad weather is due.
Alternate Viewing Possibilities to Counter Bad Weather
If the weather in Kansas City is poor for eclipse viewing, you can travel towards the northwest or southeast. The eclipse cities of Grand Island, Nebraska, and Columbia, Missouri, are both fairly nearby.