Kansas City, MO

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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts which includes interior views and modern architecture
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

Stoney Creek Hotel Kansas City - Independence
Stoney Creek Hotel Kansas City - Independence
3.5 out of 5
18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, MO
The price is $129 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28
$129
per night
Sep 27 - Sep 28
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Independence. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our ...
9.2/10 Wonderful! (1,493 reviews)
"Nice hotel"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

Stoney Creek Hotel Kansas City - Independence
Loews Kansas City Hotel
Loews Kansas City Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO
The price is $199 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9
$199
per night
Oct 8 - Oct 9
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Kansas City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the bar and the property condition ...
9.4/10 Exceptional! (1,261 reviews)
"Luv the ambiance"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

Loews Kansas City Hotel
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
The price is $161 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9
$161
per night
Oct 8 - Oct 9
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Kansas City. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the property condition in our ...
8/10 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"excellent location,"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza, an IHG 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.
Shady Frase Farm in the Heart of Kansas City!
Shady Frase Farm in the Heart of Kansas City!
Kansas City
Stay at this campground in Kansas City. Enjoy a fitness center, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Arrowhead Stadium and T-Mobile Center are located ...
10/10 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
The perfect vibe
"Jeff was incredible and made us feel so safe. It was a genuine authentic experience."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2023

Shady Frase Farm in the Heart of Kansas City!
Cutest Cottage in the Heart of Waldo
Cutest Cottage in the Heart of Waldo
Kansas City
Stay at this cottage in Kansas City. Enjoy WiFi, 1 bedroom, and a shower/tub combo. Popular attractions Van Noy Mansion and National Museum of Toys and Miniatures ...
Cutest Cottage in the Heart of Waldo
Worlds of Fun Village
Worlds of Fun Village
3 out of 5
8000 Northeast Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO
Stay at this 3-star cabin in Kansas City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the property condition in our reviews. Popular ...
8.6/10 Excellent! (107 reviews)
"The place is clean, quiet, and there are restaurants nearby"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2023

Worlds of Fun Village
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

Verified traveler
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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