Kansas City Travel Guide

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Kansas City Highlights

  • Pro
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     Friendly people, great barbecue, wonderful fine arts. You will be surprised how pretty it is. 

  • Con
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     Lacking in public transportation; downtown is deserted (but changes are coming). 

  • In a nutshell
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     Blues, Brews, Bar-B-Ques, and the CHIEFS at Arrowhead! 

Kansas City Things to Do

  • Liberty Memorial

    We had allowed perhaps as much as two hours for this stop; 5 1/2 hours later we tore ourselves away with reluctance. It has been noted that this is a Smithsonian-quality museum. I would add that it has many interactive features, such as light tables where you can create a WWI poster and email it to yourself or others. On the practical side, it has...

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  • Union Station

    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

    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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  • River Market Area

    Kansas City began as a river town, though we seldom think of it as such today. Along the banks of the Missouri where the Town of Kansas sprang up now sits The City Market, sometimes known as the River Market, and during one "exciting era," as The River Quay. Produce wholesalers call this area home, but on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the farming...

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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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  • Worlds of Fun

    Worlds of Fun is a very enjoyable theme park with plenty of great rides, like the Timber Wolf (a wooden roller coaster), the Boomerang (the name explains itself), and my favorite, the Mamba, which features two huge drops and goes up to 70 miles per hour. I really like the park because it's a unique place and not a chain theme park as well. Worlds...

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Kansas City Restaurants

  • Pizza Joints

    Spin is a great place to sit with friends and have a pizza that is above average. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual but still nice. There is seating out side great for nice evenings. They offer a good range of pizza, salads and sandwiches. There is wine and beer available also. The quality of the ingredients is high and the service is friendly...

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  • Fine Dining

    "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

    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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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

  • 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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  • Park where designated-Westport

    There are places in a parking garage about one block form the center intersection of Westport. They also have some surface parking, and street parking. The warning is make sure you do not go past the time limit on the street and some lots. That holds true for shops and designated bar parking, also. You get tickets and/or towed for a price that...

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Kansas City Shopping

  • On the Plaza

    If one place could illustrate the heartbeat of Kansas City, it would be the Plaza. Known as the first outdoor mall in the world, the outdoor district is peppered with 180 shops, 38 restaurants, numerous hotels and several entertainment venues. The Plaza abounds with activity almost around the clock. Spanish Colonial architecture and fine art,...

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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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  • Crown Center

    Crown center is home to shopping, dining, entertainment, two million square feet of office space, residential living, and the city's two largest hotels; attractions that bring people and vitality to the inner city. The international headquarters of Hallmark Cards, Inc. also is located within the 85-acre Crown Center complex

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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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  • 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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  • Independence, Missouri

    The Community of Christ (formally the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) has their world headquarters here. The religion has about a quarter of a million followers. Their temple is located across the street from the LDS visitors center, and is an interesting structure, winning numerous awards for it's unusual architecture....

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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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  • 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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  • 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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