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About Kansas City

by SmarterTravel Staff
Jazz saxophone player in Kansas City (Photo: Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association)

Kansas City has long been famous for barbecue, music, and the more than 200 fountains that earn it the nickname "City of Fountains." But billions of dollars in improvements and revitalization over the last few years have inspired new life, and more reasons to visit, in Missouri's largest city. Best of all, Kansas City is an affordable city to visit.

Kansas City's best known attractions favor sports fans, families, and art lovers. The College Basketball Experience offers fans interactive exhibits and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. The recently renovated Kansas City Zoo includes an indoor rain forest, a 227-foot long suspension bridge, and more than 1,000 animals from around the world. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art maintains its ranking as a top museum in the country with large collections of modern and contemporary art, African art, and photography.

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Vibrant neighborhoods are as much a draw as the largest attractions. The Power & Light District offers eight blocks of shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, and an outdoor stage with live entertainment. The Crossroads Arts District is home to more than 400 local artists, plus galleries, boutiques, and restaurants.

Kansas City has a major airport, and is well served by many airlines, including low-cost carriers. With many airlines to choose from, flights to Kansas City are easy to find, and are often competitively priced as well.

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