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Kansas City, MO
Travel Guide

Union Station featuring heritage architecture, landscape views and a high rise building

With art galleries, farmers markets, jazz clubs, state-of-the-art sports stadiums, theaters and a zoo, there’s never a dull moment in this city, whose residents love barbecue and sports.

Visit the buzzing districts, markets, museums and performing arts venues of Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City’s diversity has prompted many nicknames since first being settled in the 1820s. Come and see why it’s known as the Barbecue Capital of the World, City of Fountains, Gateway to the South and Paris of the Plains.

Downtown Kansas City blends entertainment with business activities of the Financial District. Admire architectural landmarks including the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Central Library and KCMO City Hall. Select from more than 50 bars, cafés, restaurants and barbecue joints in the Power and Light District. Enjoy live cultural performances at Folly Theater, KC Live! and the Sprint Center.

Bordering downtown’s southern edge is the Crossroads Arts District, where boutiques, galleries and restaurants occupy spruced-up warehouses. Watch ballet, Broadway, opera and rock shows at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. On the Missouri River’s banks is the city’s oldest neighborhood, River Market. Visit the Arabia Steamboat Museum and browse food and retail stalls at the 150-year-old City Market.

Travel south to Penn Valley Park, home to the Liberty Memorial and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. See hands-on attractions at Science City at Union Station. Spot colorful ocean life at Sea Life Aquarium. Continue south to the nightlife district of Westport or scrutinize the exhibits at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Relax at Swope Park, which has the Kansas City Zoo and the open-air Starlight Theatre. Attend an NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium and a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium. Across the state border in Kansas City, Kansas, are Children’s Mercy Park soccer arena, Kansas Speedway and Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark.

Reach Kansas City by flying to Kansas City International Airport, located 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of downtown. The free KC Streetcar makes traveling in and around the downtown area effortless and fast.

Where to stay in Kansas City

Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
3.5 out of 5
4445 Main St, Kansas City, MO
The price is $119 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in Country Club Plaza Area, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Union Station ...
4.2/5Excellent! (964 reviews)
"Pandemic was reason for lack of food/restaurant."

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
401 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $134 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Country Club Plaza Area, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fountain of Neptune and JC Nichols Memorial Fountain. Kansas City Art Institute ...
4.1/5Very Good! (957 reviews)
"Beds were very comfortable, especially for being 7 months pregnant which was a huge plus! Live music and great drinks/food every evening during the weekend which was really nice so we didn't have to get out in the crowds on the plaza. Very convenient spot for the times we did go to the plaza, all ..."

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza, an IHG Hotel
Loews Kansas City Hotel
Loews Kansas City Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO
The price is $189 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Located in Crossroads Arts District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kansas City Convention Center and T-Mobile Center. Union Station and Crown Center ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (189 reviews)
"New, clean, beautifully appointed property with dramatic views and outstanding staff."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Loews Kansas City Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Columbus Park Cozy & Private Downtown Apartment
Columbus Park Cozy & Private Downtown Apartment
Kansas City, MO
The price is $80 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Columbus Park, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Arabia Steamboat Museum, T-Mobile Center, and Kansas City Convention Center. Isle ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
Great downtown location; convenient to all of KC from here.
"Great property in a historic part of KC, Columbus Park, and blocks away from the legendary Garozzo's restaurant and City Market. All points in the KC metro are within 30-40 mins drive from this location. Very clean unit overall, listing photos present accurately, fast internet, and quick responses ..."

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

Columbus Park Cozy & Private Downtown Apartment
Steps to Shops, Eats, Museum Free Parking + W&D Zencity
Steps to Shops, Eats, Museum Free Parking + W&D Zencity
Kansas City, MO
Located in Country Club Plaza Area, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mill Creek Park and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Uptown Theater and University ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Perfect location!
"Easy Walking distance to Country Club Plaza which has wonderful restaurants and shops. Plenty to do! Downtown Kansas City is simply beautiful with the most unique architecture!"

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

Steps to Shops, Eats, Museum Free Parking + W&D Zencity
THE GRAND - Modern DT Apts with Free Parking by Zencity
THE GRAND - Modern DT Apts with Free Parking by Zencity
3.5 out of 5
1125 Grand Blvd, Apt #405, Kansas City, MO
Located in Financial District, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Kansas City City Hall, T-Mobile Center, and Kansas City Convention Center. Municipal ...
THE GRAND - Modern DT Apts with Free Parking by Zencity
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Kansas City

You’ll get the most out of your time in Kansas City by renting a car and exploring at your own pace. The city is spread out, so you’ll struggle to walk everywhere, but there’s ample free parking and not too much traffic. If you’re staying downtown, take a ride on the Kansas City Streetcar, which is free to ride and connects the River Market and Union Station. Local buses also serve the city center. Visit the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority website.Browse Kansas City rental cars.

Best time to visit

If you struggle with hot, humid weather, it’s best to avoid Kansas City during the summer, when temperatures often get into the 90s F (mid 30s C) and days can be muggy. Come during fall and you’ll find pleasantly warm days and cool nights, and a lively schedule of festivals like the American Royal. Spring is similarly pleasant, while winter can get a little chilly, though it’s the cheapest time of year.

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Reviews of Kansas City

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 5, 2020

I live here so I was just spending time with my husband

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

love the area

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Arrived late and left early so we didn’t get a chance to see much of the city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

Nice city to visit!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

I am not a big city person but due to the Covid the streets were mostly quiet until the evening when protestors were out.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

This is my hometown, so of course, I love KC! The only downfall of the Fontaine was the view of the plaza lights. I feel like we would have been able to see the plaza better from a different location, but the area is great and the hotel is beautiful!

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