What do we get wrong about Kansas City before visiting the place?

What do we get wrong about Kansas City before visiting the place?

Kansas City? Is not that in the state of Kansas? Nope, it is not. Kansas City is actually in Missouri and is even the largest city in this state.

The US state of Missouri has many fans. This may be due to its central location, which allows relatively easy trips to Kentucky and Tennessee, to Arkansas or Oklahoma – to name just four out of a total of seven neighboring states. Or maybe it’s the fact that the country is crossed by two world-famous rivers, the Missouri and the Mississippi. It could also be the wild nature and the comparatively thin population that attracts many tourists to Missouri. Here, friends of outdoor activities will feel like in paradise.

Whatever the reason for a trip to Missouri, Kansas City is part of the travel program and is well worth more than just a stopover or a night out. Even though city is actually located in Missouri but admittedly, a very small part of it towers over the border and is actually located in Kansas.

Downtown KC – a neighborhood like no other

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In the US, “KC” is nicknamed when talking about Kansas City. The city has everything travelers expect from America and what they expect, but it is not overcrowded. But on the contrary. Thanks to the energetic completion of the revitalization of Downtown KC just a few years ago, visitors have ample opportunities to shop, stroll, eat, drink and listen to music. Music, and especially jazz, was and is a big topic in Kansas City. This is best experienced in the “Power & Light District”.

Named after a skyscraper, this area comprises nine blocks of streets that were built around ten years ago for restaurants, shops and entertainment. In the bars, casinos and in the public squares there is always live music for the visitors. As the locals more often choose to stay home and entertain themselves with casino games online (you can read more about them), it is not too crowded and something is allowed here, which is strictly forbidden almost everywhere else in the US: Drinks, which were bought in the restaurants, may be taken outside with openly. The entire complex also includes a hotel, a cinema and the newly renovated “Midland Theater”, which dates back to 1927.

Art and culture – in the museum and elsewhere

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Culture is a top priority in Kansas City, and not just when it comes to the fine arts. Corporate culture also applies here a lot. This can be wonderfully melded at the Hallmark (Hallmark Visitor Center, 2501 McGee Ave.) and Harley-Davidson (Harley-Davidson Vehicle & Powertrain Operation Plan, 11401 N Congress Ave) offices. Harley fans can sign up for a guided tour here; Hallmark’s exhibition is open every day except Sundays for the nearly 100-year history of the greeting card company. The “big” culture is then celebrated in two renowned museums that have different emphases. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (4420 Warwick Blvd) is all about modern art; the permanent is very worth seeing and shows u.a. Works by Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. In addition, the museum management organizes ten to twelve high-profile special exhibitions every year.

Also worthwhile for art lovers is a visit to the “Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art” (4525 Oak Street). It houses collections of European and American paintings and also has an outstanding collection of art from China. Incidentally, there is also the historic photo collection of the greeting card manufacturer Hallmark in the museum.