Martin W. Schwartz
It all began—as many things do in Kansas City—with barbecue.
Four years ago, Karl and Bethanie Schemel started KC Barbecue Tours, a pit-crawl for foodies on a quest to experience some of Kansas City’s best barbecue joints while letting someone else do the driving.
“As part of that tour, we offered a small amount of sightseeing for digestion time,” says Bethanie. “Our guests enjoyed that portion quite a bit, so we decided that a guided tour was something we could expand on.”
Today, KC Double Decker Tours is offering guided excursions through the city from the open-air vantage point of its 1968 Route Master bus, the same vehicle used for sightseeing in London. Guests can choose a narrated single-loop tour, or take advantage of Hop On/Hop Off service from such attractions as Crown Center, the Power & Light District, the River Market, Boulevard Brewing Company, the National World War I Museum, the Country Club Plaza, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. “My husband, our guides, and I have a deep passion for our city and we’re excited to show it off,” says Bethanie. “This tour is an opportunity for locals and visitors to experience all that Kansas City has to offer.” For more information, call 888-560-7963 or visit KCDoubleDeckerTours.com.