Whether you’re coming for the weekend or coming to stay, Greater Kansas City has something for everyone with a plethora of Kansas City, Missouri hotels available. Missourians always speculate that St. Louis is more east coast, while Kansas City has more of a west coast feel. You will find a city split in two, one side in Missouri and the other in Kansas, but both meld into one great destination!
You might enjoy one of several affordable Kansas City MO hotels near Kansas City International Airport (MCI), which serves a large metropolitan area of over two million, giving easy access to the city. Many travelers arrive by car; the city is bisected by I-70 and I-35 with I-435 looping completely around. It’s very easy to maneuver the city; there are a variety of suburbs surrounding the downtown area, giving visitors many selections of where to stay.
Downtown hotels provide excellent central points for touring local attractions. The vibrant Kansas City Power and Light District is the place to party here, with trendy restaurants and bars and a lively nightlife. You can find weekend rates at several excellent business oriented hotels which are downright cheap! Perhaps you would enjoy staying on the fabulous Country Club Plaza, just south of Downtown, with its upscale hotels, restaurants and great shopping. The Plaza is wonderful as you can walk from place to place. State Street, just south of the Plaza, brings you to a drive of incredible mansions on a boulevard of fountains. There are also many nice discount Kansas City hotels located in the suburbs from which to choose.
Once settled, there are a variety of nearby attractions. Be aware as you drive of the many beautiful fountains scattered throughout the city. Visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (it’s free!) with over 33,000 works and host to the most important travelling exhibitions in the country. The Negro Leagues Baseball/American Jazz Museum have combined in the Historic 18th and Vine District to preserve these important contributions to American culture.
Kansas City is known for its barbecue, so be sure to stop in at one of many Gates or Arthur Bryant’s locations for really tasty, finger licking bbq.
Sports enthusiasts, get ready to cheer as Kansas City is home to several major league teams. If you are visiting during the winter, do your best to obtain tickets to a Chiefs football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Many believe it to be the loudest in the NFL! The Royals eye baseball’s World Series every year. Soccer fans delight in watching the Wizards while tennis enthusiasts cheer for the Explorers. And don’t miss NASCAR events which can be viewed at the Kansas International Speedway’s 1.5-mile banked oval track.
If fun and fortune is what you’re interested in, climb aboard one of the metropolitan area’s four riverboat casinos. Check out the rates at these casino hotels in advance as they seem to always stay busy. Your Kansas City vacation could prove to be a profitable visit in more ways than one!
Kansas City’s rich theatre history, meanwhile, is preserved through more traditional venues such as the Midland, Lyric and Folly Theatres. Enjoy a beautiful evening enjoying a theater production at outdoor venue, Starlight Theatre, or try one of the newer additions, Union Station’s Theatre District for arts enjoyment. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will host the Kansas City Symphony, The Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Ballet.
A variety of family-friendly activities await you, such as Worlds of Fun theme park with over 40 roller coasters and other rides, plus its Oceans of Fun for Aruba Tuba twisting inner tube slides and an 800-foot lazy stream. Do not miss visiting the Kansas City Zoo. Open year-round, it features 200 acres filled with animals in natural settings, a 227 foot long suspension bridge between exhibits, a KidZone and an IMAX Theater.
Kansas City is a welcoming city with Midwestern charm and friendliness. Straddling two states, it is up-to-date but still retains some of the homestyle feel you crave. Enjoy using this OneTravelSource City Guide to help with your plans!