The Best Things to See and Do in Kansas City

The Best Things to See and Do in Kansas City

From history rich abandoned buildings that only the brave dare to enter to a European inspired open-air shopping center, the most populous city in Missouri discriminates against no one. Head to a football stadium where strangers become friends as they face the cold weather together. Catch a glimpse of the local art culture when you visit the Crossroads District. Discover where Kansas City jazz was first born and how jazz clubs still pay tribute to the old but recognize the new. Travel around one of the finest general art museums in the country for free or have a gander at one of the largest collections of WWI artifacts in the world. Kansas City is known as the city of fountains, the birthplace of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and an interesting place full of history and culture. Discover 10 things any visitor should see and do in this wonderful city.

1. Country Club Plaza

Simply called “the plaza” by locals, this open air shopping district is designed to look like something out of Europe. Spanish architecture and European art make this 15 block area one of the top tourist sites in the entire city. With over 150 stores including big names such as Tiffany & Co, Burberry and Pottery Barn there is no shortage of shopping choices.

From bakeries that cater to doggy treats to Kansas City’s own classic cup sidewalk café where people watching is the main event, visitors will find themselves spending the day here. At Christmas time there is something magical in the air with the twinkling Christmas lights, the sounds of the hoofs as the horse drawn carriages go by and the music of the street performers. Designed in 1922, this nation’s first planned suburban shopping center should be one of your first stops in Kansas City.

J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain Kansas City
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