Kansas City, KS

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Kansas City

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

American Motel Kansas City, Kansas
American Motel Kansas City, Kansas
2 out of 5
7949 Splitlog Ave, Kansas City, KS, 66112
The price is $55 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 29
Stay at this motel in Kansas City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.1/5 (597 reviews)
"The room was fine, bunch of meth heads in the parking lot. Nothing special, was what you'd expect from a $40 hotel, it served its purpose"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

American Motel Kansas City, Kansas
Best Western Premier KC Speedway Inn & Suites
Best Western Premier KC Speedway Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
10401 France Family Drive, Kansas City, KS, 66111
The price is $109 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 29
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Kansas City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
3.8/5 Good! (980 reviews)
"Hard to get to property with all of the road work being done."

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2022

Best Western Premier KC Speedway Inn & Suites
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Kansas City at Village West, KS
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Kansas City at Village West, KS
3 out of 5
1805 N 110th St, Kansas City, KS, 66111
The price is $107 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Kansas City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.9/5 Good! (989 reviews)
"I had a wonderful experience. The staff was amazing! I had booked a third room that was not needed. The manager was so helpful in getting the room canceled."

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Kansas City at Village West, KS
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.
Downtown Bungalow | Fully Updated | Best KC Views
Downtown Bungalow | Fully Updated | Best KC Views
Kansas City, KS
The price is $86 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 29
Stay at this vacation home in Kansas City. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and fenced yards. Popular attractions T-Mobile Center and Union Station are located nearby. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Very Nice Stay
"Came to Kansas City for the weekend for an event. House was very clean and cozy. Easy access to freeway to travel anywhere in Kansas City."

Reviewed on May 30, 2022

Downtown Bungalow | Fully Updated | Best KC Views
Cozy quiet townhouse B, 5 minutes to downtown Kansas City, MO
Cozy quiet townhouse B, 5 minutes to downtown Kansas City, MO
Kansas City, KS
The price is $90 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 29
Stay at this vacation home in Kansas City. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions T-Mobile Center and Union Station are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Cozy property
"This is a cozy property perfect for a small family to base KC adventures from. Kris was incredibly prompt with responses when we had been given the wrong address (3 times) by VRBO. I am sorry that the ice storm caused him to need to respond so late, and I was super pleased that he was able to immediately ..."

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Cozy quiet townhouse B, 5 minutes to downtown Kansas City, MO
Cozy quiet townhouse A, 5 minutes to downtown Kansas City, MO
Cozy quiet townhouse A, 5 minutes to downtown Kansas City, MO
Kansas City, KS
The price is $90 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 29
Stay at this vacation home in Kansas City. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions T-Mobile Center and Union Station are located nearby. ...
1/5 (1 review)
No good. Canceled our reservation the day of
"Do not use. The host Canceled our stay and blamed the management company saying it was double booked. We were traveling 8 hours to our destination so we had to scramble to find lodging."

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Cozy quiet townhouse A, 5 minutes to downtown Kansas City, MO
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.

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