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Kansas City, KS
Travel Guide

The land of jazz, barbecues and fountains is carving out its place as a prime travel destination in the heart of Midwestern America.

Kansas City, also known as “K.C.,” balances many identities: a cradle of jazz, home to world-renowned fountains, and the birthplace of the American barbecue. The largest city in Missouri might seem a bit disjointed – it’s even split across two states and a river – but it all comes together in an inviting way. Art galleries, city parks, high-profile performances and museums all serve to make this city one of the most interesting in the Midwest.

Swing past the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art or explore ancient relics and modern masterpieces at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The museum’s sculpture park is an ideal place to bring a picnic. Children will love the hands-on experience at the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City. Explore the unique exhibits in the Arabia Steamboat Museum, wander through the River Market area and stop by the City Market on weekends to sample local produce and handmade goods.

The historic Westport area is a great place to stop for lunch and explore the city’s past. Look for restaurants serving home-style barbecue and classic hickory-smoked cuisine. Music aficionados should head down to 18th and Vine, which is just east of downtown, to experience one of the heartlands of American jazz.

Head beyond the city center and visit the expansive Swope Park. In addition to numerous trails, a golf course and gardens, the park is also home to the Kansas City Zoo and the Starlight Theatre, two of the most visited venues in Kansas City. To the north of the city, Worlds of Fun will keep the kids amused for hours, while the Harley-Davidson Factory will appeal to motorcycle enthusiasts. When the weather gets warm, bring the family to Schlitterbahn Water Park, home to the mighty Verrückt, one of the world's tallest waterslides. Back in town, the Liberty Memorial has an internationally renowned World War I museum.

Although Kansas has a reliable public transportation network, the car is still the major mode of transportation in the city and is necessary if you want to explore some attractions outside the city center.

Where to stay in Kansas City

Top Hotels in Kansas City

Radisson Hotel Lenexa Overland Park
Radisson Hotel Lenexa Overland Park
3.5 out of 5
12601 West 95th Street, Lenexa, KS
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $50 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Situated in Lenexa, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Oak Park Mall and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Johnson County Community College. Overland Park Convention Center ...

3.6/5Good! (939 reviews)

"The hotel was extremely clean, the checkin/checkout was fast. The staff were friendly as well"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

Radisson Hotel Lenexa Overland Park
Aloft Leawood-Overland Park
Aloft Leawood-Overland Park
3 out of 5
11620 Ash Street, Leawood, KS
The price is $75 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Towne Center Plaza and Overland Park Convention Center. Museum at Prairiefire is ...

4.1/5Very Good! (958 reviews)

"I’ve stayed here before and it’s very convenient to my family and a few restaurants"…"

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Aloft Leawood-Overland Park
Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City
Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City
3.5 out of 5
10401 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, KS
The price is $300 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

This family-friendly Kansas City resort is located in I-435 West KC-KS, within 1 mi (2 km) of Village West, Legends Outlets Kansas City, and Hollywood Casino ...

4/5Very Good! (808 reviews)

"We will be coming back next year for a longer stay! I had no idea how much they had at the hotel. The staff was phenomenal and there was constantly something to do. We were very impressed and can’t wait to go back!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City
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.

Vacation Rentals in Kansas City

Cloverleaf Suites Kansas City - Overland Park
Cloverleaf Suites Kansas City - Overland Park
3 out of 5
6300 W 110th St, Overland Park, KS
The price is $89 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Overland Park Convention Center, Towne Center Plaza, and Corporate Woods. Overland ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,798 reviews)

"I like that we could cook and it was an apartment setting and i'm happy that we had enough room for our kids to have there own space"…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Cloverleaf Suites Kansas City - Overland Park
WaterWalk- Kansas City-Overland Park
WaterWalk- Kansas City-Overland Park
3.5 out of 5
11200 Glenwood St, Overland Park, KS
The price is $109 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Situated in the entertainment district, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Overland Park Convention Center, Towne Center Plaza, and Corporate Woods. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (132 reviews)

"The whole place was amazing. Everyone was polite, clean and we enjoyed ourselves. Could use a pool or a contental breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

WaterWalk- Kansas City-Overland Park
Staybridge Suites Overland Park - Kansas City S
Staybridge Suites Overland Park - Kansas City S
3 out of 5
7020 W 108TH ST, Overland Park, KS
The price is $89 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated in Overland Park, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Overland Park Convention Center, Corporate Woods, and Towne Center Plaza. Overland Park 9/11 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (74 reviews)

"The young man at the front desk was extremely friendly and helpful. Check in was fast and easy. The hotel is extremely clean. Breakfast was grab and go and choices were good. We were very happy with our stay and plan to stay when we visit again next month."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

Staybridge Suites Overland Park - Kansas City S
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.

Popular places to visit in Kansas City

Top things to do in Kansas City

Reviews of Kansas City

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 45.37671232876713%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.445205479452055%
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5/5 - Excellent

Houston

May 12, 2020

My hometown city and will always love where my heart is.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 2, 2020

My mom had surgery at the KU Medical Hospital, which is just down the street. We came up the night before so we would not have to drive an hour before her 6:30 check in time. We love Kansas City, so much to do!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

Loved every meal! Moste of all lovesd Swagat fine indian, Louisiana Kitchen, and Noodle co

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

I live here alreay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

I stayed at this hotel for our first night but since it wasn’t a available the next, we stayed at another hotel a bit closer to the Legends. This other hotel was not clean and really small for the same price. I was so disappointed.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 19, 2020

ITs interstate highway around the outside of town is excellent.

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