Favorite thing: We visit Kansas City and surrounding area frequently. I'll be adding things to this page when ever I go there. Check it again in a few months for updates. Photo is the skyline at night as taken from the Hyatt hotel we stayed at.
just a little tidbit i found... every day Excite Travel has a featured city on their website. today (4 september 2000) i went to look at fares and lo and behold, the featured city was kansas city. i enjoyed what they had to say and knew it all to be true, so i thought i'd share it with you.
(and remember, it's not plagarism if you give 'em credit..)
Fondest memory: 'KANSAS CITY, 250 miles due west of St Louis, straddles the
state line between Kansas and Missouri. Virtually all its main points
of interest are on the Missouri side, where the fountains,
boulevards, and Art Deco and Mediterranean-style buildings, and
the slow but encouraging revitalization of downtown, are unusual
and welcome features in a Midwestern city. Kansas City, Kansas,
on the other hand, is a dull sprawl of suburbs that doesn't have
much to attract visitors.
Kansas City was a convenient staging post for 1830s wagon trains
heading west. Its consequent prosperity – and rough and tumble
'sin city' image – was brought to an abrupt end by the Civil War.
However, its fortunes revived in the 1870s, when the railroads
brought the boom in meat packing that was responsible for the
development of the huge stockyards, which finally closed down in
Thanks to Mayor Pendergast, an outrageous figure with whom the
city still has a love-hate relationship, its many jazz clubs continued
to sell alcohol during Prohibition. As in Chicago and New Orleans,
speakeasies, brothels and gambling dens went hand in hand with
superlative jazz – and, to a lesser extent, blues – spawning the
careers of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and, in the Fifties, Charlie
Parker. KC's resurgent jazz scene, fine restaurants, high-spending
Royals and Chiefs sports teams, and theme parks help make it a
popular short-break destination for the people of the western
You must eat some BBQ. Bryants, Gates, it doesn't matter, this is where you get the best BBQ in the world.
Also, you've got to see the Plaza. It is truly one of the gems of the midwest.
Fondest memory: When I'm away from KC, I miss the food, the people, and just overall the city. It is almost the perfect size.....not as big as New York, but with every major feature and amenity you would ever need.
It truly is the best kept secret in the U.S.
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