Kansas City is located on the Missouri River's right bank, at the western border of the state of the same name. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, famous for its many magnificent fountains and boulevards, and the best U.S. barbecue attracts tourists with its open-mindedness and elegance. The dynamic city with its modern skyscrapers, neighboring harmoniously with the old districts, offers its guests a lot of entertainment: night clubs and restaurants, stores and boutiques, curious museums and galleries, lush parks, and a zoo. Kansas is considered the birthplace of jazz. This is where you can hear famous performers of exciting jazz compositions. Kansas is a city of discoveries and surprises, which knows how to amaze and charm.
Attractions of Kansas
The city streets have prepared many exciting places for guests, including museums and art galleries, zoos and entertainment centers, restaurants, and stores. In order not to get lost in the variety of attractions in Kansas, it is better to make up your tourist route in advance.
In the early XIX century, the United States acquired the French land in North America. American colonists came to the territory of Kansas. In 1821, the land became part of the American state of Missouri.
In the middle of the XIX century, there was a settlement, which was considered an important transport hub on the way to the Wild West's development. In 1853, Kansas City received the status of a city.
During the Civil War of 1861-1865, many fierce battles took place in the vicinity of Kansas City. The townspeople took an active part in the military actions.
In 1865, the city was railroaded, which triggered its active development.
Starting from the second half of the XX century, there was an outflow of the white population in Kansas from the central areas to the suburbs. This led to the formation of large black ghettos with high crime rates in the center.
The end of the twentieth century was marked by the new heyday of Kansas. The outflow of the population stopped, the economic growth and development of the tourist industry began.
Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:
The best time to visit Kansas City
In early September, every year in Kansas, there is Kansas City Irish Fest. The festival was founded by people from Ireland and gradually turned into one of the most popular ethnic festivals in the region. Annually, it attracts about 90 thousand people. The festival program includes Irish songs and dances, comedians, and artists of other genres from many countries.
Every year in the first half of August, a popular Missouri Wine & Jazz Festival is held in Kansas. The festival of music and an amazing drink is held outdoors. Famous musicians and aspiring artists perform jazz and blues. And local winemakers present the best varieties of their products. Usually, guests can taste over 100 types of wine.
Kansas is beautiful at any time of year. But if you don't like winter chills, it's better to come here from May till October.
Kansas is located on Tornado Alley, a part of the United States, where tornados often occur. Before going to the city, read the weather forecast and the rules of behaving in case of tornadoes. Special sirens inform about its approach. They are tested on the first Wednesday of each month. If you hear the siren at another time, keep in mind that this is not a test.
In Kansas, public transport includes buses and streetcars. Streetcars are free of charge. But they run only 3 km within the city center.
You can try the famous barbecue in almost any restaurant in the city. But B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ at 1205 East 85th Street and Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue network of restaurants are especially famous for their cooking of this dish.
What should a tourist do in Kansas?
- Take a walk around Downtown. There are many cultural and entertainment facilities in the lively business district of the city. Walk around the center, admire the beautiful Art Deco buildings, elegant glass towers, and houses of the middle of the XX century. Pay attention to the futuristic structure of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
- See the public library. The building, which houses the central library of the city, is considered one of the most extraordinary in the world. It is made in the form of a series of books, standing on a shelf. Interestingly, the citizens themselves made a list of books, the backs of which decorated the library building.
- Dive into the world of the latest technologies at the Science City Museum. An incredibly interesting scientific center, where both adults and children can learn scientific discoveries. Here you can see the stars in the planetarium of Arvin Gottlieb, learn the history of the legendary spaceship Apollo, feel like a chemist or a computer scientist, take part in creating models of the most complex technical devices.
- Stroll along Crossroads Arts District. This is a neighborhood in the city center, considered the hub of culture and art in Kansas. There are art galleries, creative studios, restaurants with the original design. The extravagant atmosphere of the neighborhood is complemented by the sounds of live music on its streets.
- Visit the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The magnificent seashell-shaped building houses two concert halls, the Muriel Kauffmann Theater and the Helzberg Hall.
- Get acquainted with the exhibits of the Jazz Museum. The most curious museum occupies half of the modern building, located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. Here you can see unique exhibits from famous Kansas jazz clubs, personal belongings of famous performers, and musical instruments used in jazz. One of the museum's attractions is the dress of the first lady of jazz vocal Ella Fitzgerald.
- Spend the day at the zoo. The park, which is home to more than 1300 animals, covers an area of 82 hectares. Rare representatives of the fauna can be seen in the thematic areas of Africa, Australia, Tiger Trail, Tropics, Valley. Especially popular with visitors are the exhibitions "Ray Creek" and "Penguin Paradise," boat trips on Lake Nakuru, and rides on the elevator American Heavenly Safari.
- Try local dishes. Order barbecue, which is cooked here from several types of meat and served with thick sweet and spicy sauce, or ribs in the Kansas style. For desserts, try brownies (chocolate cake) or cheesecake (shortcrust pie with cheese).