Kansas City is one of the most amazing destinations in the USA. Considered by some as the home of swing and bebop and by others as the “City of Fountains,” Kansas City is different for each visitor. Music lovers are attracted to jazz clubs and gambling dens, and culture lovers are all about the museums and history.
With more fountains than Rome, it offers scenic walks wherever you look. Make a stop on the way to discover interesting neighborhoods and browse through eclectic shops. Families are particularly attracted to this city for their events and activities for children, and there’s a lot for adults too! The museums make a tour of the whole story, from jazz music to a tribute to African American baseball players. Formerly, it was a commercial center for pioneers heading West US. However, today Kansas City is a burgeoning metropolis with activities and attractions for tourists of all tastes and ages.
The Kansas City Power & Light is a vibrant area where you will find meals, entertainment, live music and shopping in the heart of downtown. It’s the first thing not to miss if you are looking to live the city from inside out.
Country Club Plaza
Local people call it “the square”; It is an outdoor mall designed in European style. TheSpanish architecture and European art make this area of 15 blocks is a key tourist attraction. You will find every taste shopping center here, along with a lot of local production articles and the top brands in the world too!
Take the time to enjoy the many fountains you will find, maybe drink something nice in one of the terrace bars around, and protect yourself from the sun! It gets pretty heated out, so bring a hat!
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Any trip to Kansas City would not be complete without a visit to one of the most important art museums in the United States. It is recognized worldwide, and you can tell why! It houses more than 33,000 works of art and features a sculpture garden of almost 20 acres. The best part of all this is that both admission and guided tours are free, all day! You have two options: you can see the facilities of the place in the company of an expert guide or use one of the players that the museum offers its visitors (do not forget to bring your own headphones!).
From African art to artifacts and photographs ethnic Chinese and European views; every artistic manifestation of the world is represented here. The interactive sculpture park is the perfect place for picnicking! Of course, we would expect you to clean after yourself! From its permanent exhibits to its charming restaurant and outdoor park, there is no doubt why this museum is so popular worldwide. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the historical building too! It’s just as beautiful as the works of art it hosts.
Indulge yourself in Jazz Club
Bonus: Visit 18th & Vine – The Jazz Museum
If you are into everything Jazz (I know I am), you are in for a treat! Immerse yourself in the TRUE jazz culture and learn about the style, the rhythm and the music of great passion. Music memorabilia, interactive exhibits and jukebox with jazz classics are the highlight of this museum. Special exhibitions of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker. Visitors can mix rhythms and instrumental sounds in a recording studio.
National Museum of the First World War at the Freedom Monument
Perhaps this is one of the most popular attractions because it is dedicated to preserving the history, experiences and artifacts used during the war. Both its technology and its interactive exhibits help bring to life thousands of personal stories and experiences. Your ticket is valid for two days of use, allowing you to take advantage of the experience.
Another thing to note: temporary exhibits constantly rotate and you can find more information about them on the official website of the museum. The Freedom monument symbolizes the courage, sacrifice and honor and truly represents a historic legacy for the nation. the ability to honor those who fought to defend the United States and died.
Noteworthy, its amazing story, its inspiring architecture and its combination of culture, entertainment and education make Union Station one of a kind. Built in 1914, was a station that was in charge of welcoming hundreds and hundreds of passengers each year. It stopped working in the 80s; in 1996 the renovations ended and the station was reopened.
From the 90 feet tall roofs, the huge chandeliers, planetarium, temporary exhibits and the science center along with live theater; this wonderful work of art is a pride for the city. The semi-permanent display station has more than 40 varieties of different sizes and is free. Union Station is full of activities for tourists of all ages, so you can not stop your pace.
Opposite to places like South Dakota, this city combines all the old-school magic from the Mid West with the sparkle and modernization of the big cities. Because of this mix, Kansas City is a must on the books!
Bonus: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
“At the heart of the Kauffman Center is a living tradition of extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences. Ten years of collective research, planning, and design have brought into focus the mission of the Kauffman Center. This is a building for today and for generations to come.”
– Julia Irene Kauffman
I got the opportunity to attend an orchestra performance in the Kauffman Center, and I was speechless! The acoustics are amazing and the events are always incredible. If you are ready to enjoy a cultural event, that’s the option. In addition, if you’re in doubt about ehat to wear, ALWAYS dress up. These events are high-class!
Finally, if you are an antique-freak, you will LOVE the Webster House! Even if you are not, visiting this construction is especially relevant. I had dinner there (I was on a date, that place is PRICY), and as delicious as it was, I would not have been able to afford it in a normal situation. Unless you are feeling like you really want to splurge!
Still, you can visit the Webster House, check out the things they have there, and maybe buy a one of a kind article that will be a part of your personal collection, because there are things that are unique, beautiful and ranging in prices.
Extra travel tips:
Hotels: You can find hotels for any budget, but they range from $15 to $600 USD. Take your pick!
Distances: Ultimately, the distances are not so small, because it is a city of concrete, but you can find things condensed in a single spot, but it is hard to visit every location by foot. Commuting by cab/Uber is easy, and also the bus system is pretty effective.
Clothes: Bring comfortable clothes to sightsee during the day, and dress up classy if you are attending an event during the night! Don’t fear being overdressed. You will love the sparkle of the city!