Kansas City Travel Guide

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Kansas City Highlights

  • Pro
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     Ernest Hemingway has lived here & worked for Kansas City Star. 

  • Con
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     cold in winter 

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     This is where my family reunions are made 

Kansas City Things to Do

  • The Grinter House

    Sitting on a hill above the Kaw (Kansas) River valley is a brick home built in 1857, one of the first in Kansas. Its original owners were Moses Grinter, operator of the first ferry service in the territory of Kansas, and his wife Annie, a member of the Delaware tribe. The home's interior is furnished just as it might have been 150 years ago.Open...

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  • Kaw Point

    The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped four nights at Kaw Point in what is now the West Bottoms area of Kansas City, Kansas. This site is the confluence of the Missouri and Kaw (Kansas) Rivers. Captain Clark wrote that "the Countrey about the mouth of this river is verry fine," and the explorers recommended a fort be built there at some future time....

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  • AUCTION IN KANSAS

    While looking for a small town in Kansas we made a wrong turn and at a distance we saw rows of cars, horse trails causing traffic. At these point we were at HWY 35, we stopped and looked for a parking lot amogst others. Got of the vehicle and just followed the crowed and found an "auction place". Horse can be bought between the price of five...

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Kansas City Restaurants

  • KC BBQ

    Great food. Friendly folks, good BBQ and a pretty waitress too! I had the Po'boy plate but I've seen the ribs and chicken. It's all good!

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  • Mexican Restaurant

    Food was absolutely fresh and good. I've had a wonderful tasting salad with very tender turkey meat. Mineralwater. Waitresses are very nice and attentive. But the restaurant was very crowded, pretty noisy and rather when it comes to dining out, uncomfortable like any other over sized buildings. Still it's a nice restaurant when going out with a big...

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  • Tuscan Italian Cuisine

    Tuscan Italian food without the chain restaurant feel to it! Red pepper and mozzarella flat bread bruschetta

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Kansas City Nightlife

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    by savvygirl Written Jul 6, 2007

    Blonde Lounge is one of the only nightclubs on the Plaza in Kansas City, MO. There is usually a line on the weekends but its a great time and the people are watch. The clientele is always a mix of good looking people and there is a dance area, couches, an upstairs for VIP and a cool, clubby vibe.

    Dress Code: Dress to Impress

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Kansas City Transportation

  • Kansas City is on several...

    Kansas City is on several major highways. KCI is a large airport with international flights. (Photo is from Swope Park Zoo in KC,MO)KC metro area is actually many cities that are growing and overlapping one another. There are still pockets of undeveloped agriculture surrounded by the growing city. Because it is so spread out you will need an...

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  • One means of...

    One means of transportation in Kansas City area is by hot air balloon. My wife and I arranged to make a flight at dawn over the Olathe area of Kansas City in July 1999. It was a lot of fun.

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Kansas City Shopping

  • Place to splurge

    For something upscale, open-air and beautifully decorated with lights especially during Christmas, head on to Town Center Plaza.The streets here are also nicely landscaped with colourful plants, water fountains and sculptures. Expensive clothes and jewellery. Some of the shops found here are :- Tiffany & Co- Tommy Bahamas- Armani Exchange- Banana...

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  • Indoor shopping experience

    Many American malls in the Midwest are single storey outdoor complexes where you can enjoy the sun whilst you walk from a store to the other.Well, that's no fun in winter though so I'm glad there is Oak Park Mall. It's like any shopping mall you'll find in the bigger cities and it's huge with 4 main department stores (Dillards, Macy's, Saks and JC...

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  • Something for everyone

    This sprawling shopping paradise is quite new in Kansas City having opened in 2006. It's the place to go for some outlet shopping with brands like Gap, Banana Republic, BCBG, Nike, Adidas, Levi's etc.There are also food and entertainment places catered to children and cinemas/bowling for the adults. Clothes and shoes from outlet stores. Cheaper...

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Kansas City Local Customs

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    by brdwtchr Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This is great for anyone who has ever lived in Kansas:
    You know you're from Kansas if:

    1. You no longer associate bridges or rivers with water.
    2. You never met any celebrities. (Bob Dole isn't a
    celebrity, he's your neighbor.)
    3. You know the meaning of Rock Chalk Jayhawk.
    4. Your closest neighbor is more than a mile away, and
    you can still see him from your front porch.
    5. You can properly pronounce Salina, Basehor,
    Schoenchen, Kechi and Osawatomie.
    6. Going on vacation means going to Hutch to the fair,
    Abilene to Ike's house or Boot Hill to see Miss Kitty.
    7. You know exactly what calf fries are, and eat them anyway.
    8. A traffic jam involves two cars staring each other
    down at a four-way stop, each determined to be the most polite and let the other go first.
    9. A Mercedes Benz is not a status symbol. A Ford F150
    4x4 is. (except
    in Johnson County)
    10. You discover that in July, it takes only 2 fingers
    to drive your car.
    11. The terms Sooners and Huskers cause the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up straight and your blood pressure to rise.
    12. You have owned at least one belt buckle bigger than your fist.
    13. You think that people who complain about the wind in their states are sissies.
    14. You are not surprised to find movie rentals,
    ammunition and bait all in the same store.
    15. You know that the true value of a parking space is
    not determined by the distance to the door but by the availability of shade.
    16. You have been asked, 'Where is Toto' more than once.
    17. You prefer the Little Apple over the Big Apple as a place to live.
    18. You had at least one summer job that was bucking
    bails or custom cutting.
    19. You understand the difference between 3.2 and 6
    point and more than once you've made a beer run to another state.
    20. You learned how to shoot a gun before you learned
    how to multiply.
    21. Your school classes have been canceled because of the cold.
    22. You know in your heart that K-State can beat
    Oklahoma in football.
    23. Traffic congestion is ten cars waiting to pass a
    combine on the highway.
    24. You have had to switch from heat to A/C in the same day.
    25. You know everything goes better with Ranch.
    26. You call that smell coming from the
    feedyards...Money.
    27. Your school classes have been canceled because of the heat.
    28. You complain that you cannot see Scott City...and you are in Dighton!
    29. You know that Mt. Oread is really only just a hill.
    30. You have seen people wear bib overalls to funerals
    and weddings.
    31. You have ridden the school bus for more than an hour each way.
    32. Over 50% of your wardrobe is purple.
    33. In August you break a sweat the instant you step
    outside at 7 a.m.
    34. You instantly know someone is from Johnson County
    when they call everything west of Topeka...Western Kansas.
    35. A tornado warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard and look for a funnel.
    36. You know the real way to pronounce the name of
    Clinton's state and the river... arKANSAS.
    37. You think the opening day of pheasant season is a
    national holiday.
    Brad L. Knauss
    Assistant Director of Marketing
    The Lied Center of Kansas
    (Photo is a KC Chiefs fan.)

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Kansas City Warnings and Dangers

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    by brdwtchr Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This sign at Overland Park Arboretum warns hikers on the trails to watch for copperhead snakes. They are a poisonous snake with a pattern on their backs a bit like the color of autumn leaves lying on the forest floor. In all the years I have lived in Kansas I have only ever seen one. You should not have to worry much about snakes if you stay on the trails.

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Kansas City Tourist Traps

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    by brdwtchr Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    This is not a tourist trap but it is a place designed to help tourists. It is a travel information center and is near I-35 as you come to Kansas City from Olathe. They have free coffee inside, there is a small area where children can play, a gift shop, restrooms, free road maps of Kansas, and lots of free information about every city and activity in Kansas. Spend a half an hour here and you will get so much good information and advice you will save your self many hours later on.

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Kansas City What to Pack

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    by brdwtchr Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Kansas can be very cold in Winter and very hot in Summer. The average temperature is around 50 degrees. 100 degrees in July and 0 degrees in January averages to 50. If you have not been in Kansas before the weather can change quickly.

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Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

  • Take a day and visit historic...

    Take a day and visit historic Parkville, Missouri. A darling picturesque town near North Kansas City. A wonderful place for sightseeing, and shopping, it has many antique and craft stores. Take I-35 to the Parkville exit and follow it right into town.

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  • Union Station on Main Street...

    Union Station on Main Street that is where Science City is located for kids. It is awesome. Also go see Kansas Regional Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty in December 16&17 at JCCC corner of College and Quivera.

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  • Legler Barn Museum is an a...

    Legler Barn Museum is an a park in Lenexa at 14907 W. 87th St. It is a small museum housed in an old stone barn. There is also a small house made of sod, a caboose, depot, and a prairie schooner. Legend has it that the outlaw Jesse James hid out in this barn when going on bank robbing forays from Missouri in to Kansas. The stone barn is interesting...

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Kansas City Sports & Outdoors

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    by Maria250 Updated Aug 2, 2011

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    At the KSC Ice Sports Arena happen tournaments as well as offers to participate in the sport of ice skating & ice hockey. The Ice Sports Arena is a very nice building. Also they have a very disabled-friendly entry with comfortable doors, no stairs, the tribune offers enough space on the ground floor, and the restrooms are very disabled-friendly too. Got a most exotic & fantastic tasting artificial juice there. Too bad, can't remember its name. Color & taste was similar to Fruitpunch.

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Kansas City Favorites

  • You must visit the Plaza Area...

    You must visit the Plaza Area for its restaurants and shopping. You must also visit the Wesport Area for its restaurants, cafés and clubs. There is a beautiful Train Station as well. Overall a very nice Midwestern Big City. This Picture is the same as the night view from my hotel room. However, it is the daytime view on March 11, 2002.

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  • It was a long time ago but I...

    It was a long time ago but I found the Plaza area facinating with it's reproduction cowboy saloons. I thought the 'fort' in the middle was a little odd as it looked as though it had been transplanted from Mexico. The best view was at night from a hotel across the river that had a glass lift on the outside giving a lovely view of all the pretty...

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  • There is something of a joke...

    There is something of a joke about Kansas, that when you are passing through you MUST drive through quickly to avert the boredom that might ensue. However, if you happen upon Kansas City, Kansas (one of the larger cities in both Kansas and Missouri), there is reason to stop for a while and take in the surroundings. I have heard that it is a great,...

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