Kansas City has been reputed as the city that sizzles with the best barbecue in all cities of the states, glazed with the sweetest sauce there is. Kansas City is a large, major Midwestern city on the border of Missouri and Kansas, wedging itself between the two and hiding in plain sight from the tourists. It can also be considered a city at par, or even greater than Paris, but still a notch lower than Rome, when it comes to housing a number of boulevards and fountains than any other city in the world.
While in Kansas City, you can visit the Downtown Center, which includes the Central Business District or locally called The Loop, and the famous River Market, a neighbourhood that has many shops, restaurants, bars, and an active farmer’s market every Saturday. Head further south of downtown and you will find yourself in the Country Club Plaza, or locally called as the Plaza, an outdoor shopping centre patterned after Seville in Spain.
What to see & do
The Central Business District of Kansas City has many beautiful art deco buildings. One of the notable features of the Central Business District would be its famed skyline, further accentuated by its position atop the sizable hill. Aside from the beautiful art deco buildings, mid-century design and modern glass towers can be seen. From the Central Business District, you can visit the Crossroads Arts Districts, a regional centre for art, culture, and nightlife. Here you can find a number of inspiring mix of shops from apparel to home design. Shops are scattered throughout the district, which in turn can be considered the largest collections of art galleries and studios in the Midwest.
One of the top choices of destinations in Kansas City would be the National WWI Museum. Upon entrance to the modern museum, you will be treated to a glass walkway over a field of red poppies, which is reminiscent of the symbol of the trench fighting. With the museums’ superb and engaging displays, expect to learn and relinquish forgotten memories about the war. The National WWI Museum is also crowned with the Liberty Memorial, from which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
How to get around within Kansas City
From the Kansas City International Airport, you can reach Kansas City centre by boarding #129 bus, also called as the I-29 Express. The bus express is being managed by The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority which offers hourly service to and from the airport, beginning at five o’clock in the morning until seven o’clock in the evening. Another service called the KCI Shuttle, offers a shuttle service between the airport and downtown hotels.
From the city centre, you can practically reach most of the tourist destinations by hopping into The Metro bus service. If you want to reach downtown, you can hop into The Metro Area Express (MAX) and #57 buses. If you want to travel in style, you have the option to rent a limousine from Blacklane, which can be hired throughout Kansas City.
How to get there
You can book a flight and reach Kansas City via Skyscanner, your online source for cheap flights. You can reach Kansas City International Airport, the city’s premier gateway. The airport is being served by airlines such as Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, SeaPort Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, and US Airways Express. The aforementioned airlines fly to destinations such as Toronto-Pearson, Seattle/Tacoma, Chicago-O’Hare, Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, Salt Lake City, Denver, Cincinnati, Great Bend, Harrison (AR), Memphis, Salina, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland (OR), St. Louis, San Diego, Tampa, Washington-National, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston-Intercontinental, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles, Charlotte, and Philadelphia. Meanwhile, another airport called the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport only serves smaller planes.