Kansas City Travel Guide

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Kansas City Things to Do

  • Liberty Memorial

    This is a very impressive memorial dedicated to the people who fought in World War I. Construction of the memorial began in November 1921 and was completed in November 1926. In 2014, President Barack Obama signed legislation designating the Liberty Memorial as a national memorial. What is interesting to note is the inscription at the base of the...

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  • Parks & Gardens

    Kansas City is a city of parks. This rather large park is on a prominent point of land attached to the Liberty Memorial. It is central to northern mid-town and is a great place to take a break from the urban. This park comes complete with fantastic vistas, monuments and relaxing spots for a picnic, a run or a walk. Just a note this park had a...

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  • Country Club Plaza

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Throughout the Plaza are lights-like 280,000 strung up around and on the buildings. That is as long as 80 miles of lights strung. The tradition began in 1930, and now has compounded into an annual event that draws 500,000 people to come down on Thanksgiving evening to see the beginning of the light show being turned on. What a spectacular event,...

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  • Downtown

    Sorry but eppersonjm is wrong. In 55 years, I have lived in every part of Kansas city. And I can tell you without hesitation that if you go to the east side of Kansas City Missouri, Kansas City Kansas, or SE Kansas City Missouri you are in real danger of becoming a crime victim. Do I go there occasionally? Yes, because I like to go to BB's...

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  • Union Station

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Union Station in downtown KCMO is a grand old lady, still beautiful and friendly. Nice book store and other shops and places to eat. The KC railroad exhibit is nice, but for a $7 ticket, most of the displays were not in working order, there was no staff on hand to take our tickets or answer questions. The model train display is impressive and FREE!...

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  • Crown Center

    4 out of 5 stars

    This is the nucleus of the midtown area between downtown and Westport which is at Main and 39th. The main intersection is Main and Pershing/22nd Street. Hall family developed this and it is big with many offices and condos and numerous shops and eateries. Value is over $200 million and has in excess of 3 million square feet of space

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Kansas City Restaurants

  • Fine Dining

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    "Affäre" is a Berlin-ish restaurant in the Crossroads District, located in the space formerly occupied by the fabulous Bar Natasha. I recently lunched there with several dear friends on a quiet Black Friday. We had a great time getting caught up, and liked the food quite a bit as well. It's a very welcoming space, a good addition to the...

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  • Barbecue

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The only thing as good as cooking and eating southerners' style BBQ, is eating out with a bunch of great Oklahoma-ladies in a Missouri-Smokehouse. We've had great food, and been in great mood. Smokehouse Bar-B-Que offers great service, very friendly staff, good music. It's though not too much of a cosy place as it lacks a bit of southern style, I...

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  • Steak Houses

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The food is okay to good. They steaks are the main attraction and they have about 6 kinds to offer. Seafood is another specialty, with a pork chop and a chicken plate also. Prices average range is $30-45, even though you could get a chicken breast for around $20. The KC strip is very good and of high quality. A lot of appetizers are also good, and...

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Kansas City Nightlife

  • Bars & Taverns

    I'm not sure if the frozen cocktail "wave" in summer 2012 was just a one-year fad, or whether this is going to be the kind of drink that people will want to come back for on a regular basis. The owners of "Snow," a new iced cocktail lounge in the Crossroads District, are clearly betting on the latter. They've opened a hip new space in the new art...

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  • Jazz & Blues

    Located at the historic 18th & Vine neighborhood in downtown Kansas City....the Blue Room is a smoke-free, acoustic friendly club....We saw the McFadden Brothers, originally from this part of the city and have been all over the world, performing their variety act; a mix of singing, jamming, tapdancing, and making everyone laugh out loud. It was an...

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  • Nightclubs

    Kick up your heels and doe-see-doe. I've got a hankerin' for a cuppa' joe. Actually, it's not really like that. They play mostly contemporary country and alternate the lineup with a bit of alternative stuff. They do get guest appearances during the summer months. This year the concert lineup has Type O, Andy Griggs, and David Lee Roth. Large...

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Kansas City Transportation

  • Hertz Rent A Car

    Hertz Rent A Car is great place to rent a car while visiting Kansas City in Missouri . They have all these special services at this location: after hours drop off available, Gold Canopy service, Gold Choice, vehicle upgrades, and infant seats. They have a friendly shuttle service, which is a bonus and they never keep you waiting. Upon picking up...

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  • You Need Wheels

    Like many American cities we largely dismantled our public transit systems in the mid-twentieth century. We love our cars. If you are from out of town "sorry".If you do not have a friend in town to loan you a car or drive you around you will need to have a car of your own. I have seen friends tackle this in a couple of ways.Most rent a car and then...

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  • Crown Center walkover SAves the Feet

    Between Westin Hotel in Crown Center and Union station is a walkover that traverses across two streets. It also connect to the other Crown Center attractions. VEry convenient.

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Kansas City Shopping

  • On the Plaza

    If you have looked at many of my pages, you may have noticed that I do not write very many shopping tips. The primary reason for that is that I am not much of a shopper. When I need something, I try to decide what I want, find out where I can get it, go get it, and then return to more interesting pursuits. Kansas City, Missouri is, however, a place...

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  • River Market

    If you like to cook, if you like to garden or if you like to do both you must visit this Kansas City institution. They have been at the same location for almost 100 years. What started as a farm seed business has grown over the years to become one of the best places in Kansas City to buy your seeds and garden tools? A few decades ago the started...

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  • KC Souvenirs

    Nice collection of Kansas City products - barbecue products, books, posters and paintings, etc. Not a junky t-shirt and trinket shop. Central location in the Crown Center Shops next to the Westin Crown Center Hotel. You can't leave town without picking up some barbecue sauce from Gates or Arthur Bryant or some of the other great local eateries (not...

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Kansas City Local Customs

  • Fairs & Festivals

    We went to a wonderful celebration at the Union Station downtown Kansas City. It was for the Memorial Day holiday. They had the Kansas City Symphony play a patriotic concert, then there were fireworks over Liberty Memorial afterwards. They announced that there were 24,000 people attending the event this year. This was a free performance. Check out...

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  • Kansas City People

    One of the many places where you might hear live music in the metro area is in the entry way and food court of the Crown Center Shops. It may be a barber shop quartet, an elementary school choir, or it may be some of KC's professional jazz musicians. You never know who you might hear performing, there might be some old guy who played here with...

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  • The Plaza

    If you stay in Kansas City long enough you will end up at some point on the Country Club Plaza. This once great Kansas City landmark has become a shell of it’s former self. It was as recently as 15 years ago filled with local restaurants and shops and only smattering of national chains. Now it has gone the way of most good shopping districts in the...

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Kansas City Warnings and Dangers

  • Re: The Real Scoop on Kansas City

    • For those who say that East of Holmes is dangerous and that if you go to the Plaza and Westport as if you want to take the risk are most likely from the suburbs and have no idea how if really is in the city. They tend to base their opinions off of other peoples' stories and then create a stigma in people’s minds. Yes, East of troost is not the...

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  • The Real Scoop on Kansas City

    I have lived in Kansas City all my life and know it all. Inside the 435 loop, the entire east side of Kansas city east of Holmes is high crime especially near Troost and Prospect. Dont risk your life to go to any club, music venue, anything on KCMO east side including 18th and Vine district. On the Kansas side of state line, Kansas City Kansas and...

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  • Liberty Memorial has Many Upward Steps

    There are 42 steps besides the 200 feet elevator trip to get to the top. The elevator is somewhat cramped at max of 10 people per time. It is retro looking, but I guess must be redone for safety?? They allow only around 20 on top at a time due to maybe being to heavy??

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Kansas City Tourist Traps

  • Worlds of Fun

    Yeah, it's just a cheesy amusement park.But it's fun, and if you're driving across country and need a break for a day, it's a great place to blow off some steam. Get to the gate early, if you can, if you want to beat the crowds.Admission after 4:00 pm is half the price! If you just want to surround yourself with the great sounds of an amusement...

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  • Country Club Plaza

    It's a big outdoor mall. It's well themed to look like a Mediterranean town, but it's still just a collection of shops. But it is so much fun to walk through.There are statues in hidden corners. There are mosaic tiles on the walls. There are comfortable benches. There are fountains everywhere. There are some great stores and good restaurants. There...

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Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

  • Downtown KC

    The 18th and Vine Historic District has one of the best music museums around. It also has jazz and blues festivals during late summer. Also good night life. Robert Altman, a KC native, shot his movie Kansas CIty in this area. It's now the home of the Mutual Musicians Foundation. It's best, if you plan to stay in town, to hire a cab to get there...

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  • Fort Osage

    This was a drop off point for parties heading west. It at one time was the last stop, and a fort to protect the settlers around here. The fort is reconstructed, but still has that old charm. A lot of history is depicted at the fort and the tour. Lewis and Clark came through here, and Clark designed the structure in 1808-09. It was a trading post...

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  • Country Club Plaza Vicinity

    I was very glad to see this new center in the middle of Kansas City. "Urban Conservation" is one of my big soapbox issues. I can go on and on about it. We all love nature, don't we? We all cherish America's "wild areas" and National Park, right? Sometimes though we are in danger of loving them to death. Sprawl, commericalization, overcrowding,...

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Kansas City Sports & Outdoors

  • Kansas City Royals

    Home of the American League's Kansas City Royals, Kauffman Stadium remains one of the country's most beautiful venue in which to watch a baseball game. In recent years since the death of long-time owner Ewing Kauffman, the team's years of glory and success have given way to years of futility. However, a recent change in management has left fans...

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  • Kansas City Wizards

    Major League Soccer (MLS) is a first division professional soccer league in the United States. Sporting KC formerly known as The KC Wizards and KC Wiz (respectively) since 1996, but didn't garner city wide interest until 2000 when the team had an outstanding year and became MLS champions. It's sort of the equivalent of winning the superbowl of...

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  • Kansas City Chiefs

    Right next door to Kauffman Stadium is Arrowhead Stadium. I don't think I can say enough about this team and it's history. Since the day we set foot on Kansas soil, we have heard of two things...Kansas State and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have deep roots in Kansas City despite the fact that the team originated from Texas. (funny isn't it,...

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Kansas City Favorites

  • Fountains

    Another one of Kansas City's many public fountains, this is also on the bike/walking path east of the Plaza. The piece was designed by the famous Swedish sculptor Carl Milles. (For another piece by Milles, see the page about the "Konserthuset" on my Stockholm page.)

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  • The Arts

    In the 1990s Kansas City's convention center, Bartle Hall, was expanded southward across the I-670 freeway. An innovative use of steel cables helps to secure the section of the building which extends over the highway lanes. As a result of a new city mandate (1% for art), there was a considerable amount of money in the budget to be spent on artworks...

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  • Neighborhoods

    It's a common misconception in Kansas City that the Rockhill Neighborhood is so named because it's located on a prominent hill which had a lot of rocks on it. Au contraire, my dear friend. "Rockhill" was the middle name of William Rockhill Nelson, owner-editor of the Kansas City Star at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century and developer of this...

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