Kansas City, MO

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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

Hotel Lotus
Hotel Lotus
3 out of 5
3830 Blue Ridge Cut Off, Kansas City, MO, 64133
The price is $89 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Kansas City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (969 reviews)
"Super convenient location. Room was just above lobby. Noisy in early am cuz of people scraping chairs on floor when leavingleavingbteakfadt"

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Hotel Lotus
Loews Kansas City Hotel
Loews Kansas City Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO, 64108
The price is $199 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Kansas City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (637 reviews)
"One of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed out. 5/5 stars!!!"

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Loews Kansas City Hotel
Stoney Creek Hotel Kansas City - Independence
Stoney Creek Hotel Kansas City - Independence
3.5 out of 5
18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, MO, 64055
The price is $109 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Independence. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,063 reviews)
"We used the nearby Tesla EV supercharger and dined at the Los Cabos Mexican restaurant next door. We enjoyed the view of the lake from the window of our room."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Stoney Creek Hotel Kansas City - Independence
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.
HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof Kansas City - Worlds of Fun
HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof Kansas City - Worlds of Fun
2 out of 5
4301 N Corrington Ave, Kansas City, MO, 64117
The price is $55 per night from May 18 to May 19
Stay at this apartment in Kansas City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
2.6/5 (975 reviews)
"IT WAS NICE TO BE ABLE TO WALK TO MOST PLACES, THE ROOM WAS NOT BAD BUT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE COOKING STUFF IN THE ROOM, NOT HAVING TO PAY FOR IT. DID STAY A FEW MORE DAYS"

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof Kansas City - Worlds of Fun
HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof Kansas City - Independence, MO
HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof Kansas City - Independence, MO
2 out of 5
14800 E 42nd St S, Independence, MO, 64055
The price is $57 per night from May 18 to May 19
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Independence. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
2.8/5 (870 reviews)
It was ok
"It was a good stay. The bed was comfortable the room was clean. The water wasn’t hot enough for me to take a shower. I managed to run the shower water for two hours before it got warmer or hot."

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2022

HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof Kansas City - Independence, MO
Worlds of Fun Village
Worlds of Fun Village
3 out of 5
8000 Northeast Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO, 64161
The price is $89 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3-star cabin in Kansas City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (39 reviews)
"Relax"

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

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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