Kansas City Tourist Information and Tourism

(Kansas City, Missouri - MO, USA)

Kansas City is an important, historic trading post and was founded in the 1820s, when the city became a major center for cattle. These days, Kansas City is a vast and spacious city, straddling the Missouri and Kansas state line.

Featuring many notable buildings dating back to the 1930s, Kansas City is known for its friendly atmosphere, tourist attractions, boulevards lined with trees, large city parklands, numerous fountains and famous barbecues. With a major network of roads and highways, popular areas of tourism here include River Market, the 18th and Vine district, and the Westport district.

Hotels are plentiful in Kansas City, with a vast selection of lodging including budget motels, mid-range hotels and luxury accommodation options. A good selection of hotels are to be found particularly concentrated around the Blue Ridge Boulevard, Hillcrest, the Main Street, the Plaza Circle and West 12th Street. Further choices stand close to nearby Kansas City International Airport (MCI), which is around 18 miles / 29 km from the city and close to Ferrelview, Platte City and Tiffany Springs. Those wishing to invest in Kansas City real estate will find that the local property market is very buoyant, offering good returns and investment possibilities throughout the main districts. More information about Kansas City Hotels.

Tourism is an important industry in this part of Missouri and the city's main tourist information outlet is the Greater Kansas City CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau) in the City Center Square, between Baltimore Avenue and the Main Street. Located on the Blue Ridge Cutoff, the Missouri Visitors Center is also of note and is just off the I-70 interstate.

Kansas City features plenty of tourist attractions, including the Harley Davidson Assembly Plant - with free walking tours providing information about the production of this world-famous motorcycle; the Union Station - one of the region's most famous landmarks, boasting a multi-million dollar science museum and 3D movie screen; Kansas City Zoo - with landscaped enclosures representing the original habitats of the zoo's collection of animals; Worlds of Fun - two exciting adjacent amusement parks containing a selection of roller coasters; and many spectacular fountains, such as the Crown Center Fountain, the Firefighters Fountain, the JC Nichols Fountain and the Vietnam Veterans Fountain.

Other tourist attractions in Kansas City include the Liberty Memorial - a tall 217-foot / 66-meter tower with an observation deck offering superb cityscape views; the Quindaro Ruins - an important ghost town, listed on the National Register of Historic Places; Hodge Park - an enormous and spreading parkland, with sports fields and a popular golf course; and Loose Park - one of the most glorious parks in Kansas City, with a large lake and numerous scenic picnic spots. More information about Kansas City Tourist Attractions and Kansas City Landmarks.

Kansas City also contains a number of reliable museum options, with the best including the American Jazz Museum - celebrating Missouri's golden era of jazz, with comprehensive displays; the Arabia Steamboat Museum - situated in the River Market area of Kansas City, with information about the Arabia, which sank in the Missouri River in 1856; the Toy and Miniature Museum - housing a vast collection of toys and antique dolls; the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum - with memorabilia relating to the origins of segregated baseball; the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art - regarded as one of the most impressive art galleries in the USA, with works by Picasso, Van Gogh and Andy Warhol; and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art - focusing on modern art forms, with a large collection of individual pieces. More information about Kansas City Museums and Kansas City Art Galleries.

Tourist attractions situated near to Kansas City include the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art - part of the University of Kansas campus, with seven spacious galleries; the Truman Farm Home - full of information about the late President Harry South Truman; the Kansas Speedway - a mega-motor sports complex with regular races and fast-paced entertainment; Powell Gardens - important botanical gardens, with a breathtaking display of indigenous flowers and plants; Independence - a small and extremely historic town, around 20 minutes from the city center; and Unity Village - a serene retreat for visitors staying in Kansas City, full of peaceful gardens, fountains and forests. More information about Kansas City Attractions Nearby.

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