It's not just what we do in Kansas City. It's how we do it. And how you treat visitors says everything. That's why The Huffington Post recently named Kansas City the coolest city in America and why Travel + Leisure has named KC the #1 affordable getaway five years in a row. We are not ones to rest on our laurels, but we welcome visitors to relax, kick back and see how we do KC.
You may think of Kansas City as a world-class barbecue town, but there's more to our culinary scene than delicious meats slow-smoked to perfection. Kansas City also boasts James Beard Award–winning chefs and contemporary restaurants cooking up innovative dishes and farm-to-table favorites. In fact, Saveur named KC “America’s Next Great Culinary Destination.” Trust us: when you visit KC, pack an appetite.
Come hungry for one-of-a-kind experiences, too. Visit the only museum in the country dedicated to World War I, and run the bases at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Not to mention free attractions the whole family will love—one of which is the best art museum in the country according to Yelp, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Kansas City has come into its own as a thriving arts community. From First Friday art crawls in the Crossroads to independent galleries popping up in the West and East Bottoms, our makers and creators are drawing a crowd.
It doesn't stop there; KC is home to award-winning performing arts, too. And if you want to see where Kansas City's heritage really shines, enter any one of 40 dimly-lit jazz clubs in town. The applause easily carries over from the performance hall to the playing field, as any native Kansas Citian will tell you: we are fanatical about our teams. There's nothing like a day at the K supporting the 2015 champs of the MLB or joining 80,000 Chiefs fans at one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. And if someone tells you to go to “Blue Hell” at Sporting Park, don't be offended—it's actually a good thing.
They say the best souvenirs are the ones that don't cost a thing. But when you consider the wealth of available shopping options, the KC keepsakes you pay for are a close second. Serious shoppers already know about Hallmark's Crown Center and the Spanish-inspired Country Club Plaza, but you'll want to check out local gems like Birdies or Westside Storey for truly inspired finds.
So consider this your open invitation. You're welcome anytime. Because more than anything else, we know how to make visitors feel right at home. That's how we do Kansas City.