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Kansas CityUnited States of America

The locals call it “KC” – the home of hot jazz, cool fountains, hickory-smoked barbeques and the iconic Harley-Davidson.

Divided between two states and a river, the largest city in Missouri makes an unusual mark on the tourist map.

Kansas City is the celebrated capital of the all-American barbeque. The pungent smell of hickory smoke oozes from many of the city’s best-loved restaurants, and sampling this homespun delicacy is a priority for most visitors. The city is also famous for its fountains, which are as glorious and elaborate as any in Italy, lending a Renaissance elegance to the public parks and squares.

KC is also synonymous with world-class jazz, and the legendary live music scene in the clubs and bars around 18th and Vine is one of the city’s main cultural attractions. The historic Starlight Theatre in Swope Park is one of the last surviving, self-producing open-air theatres in America, with a sell-out programme of musicals, comedy and drama. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has one of the best collections of modern art in the Midwest, housed in a striking building shaped like a bird in flight, while the Spencer Museum of Art displays treasures from around the world alongside the prestigious ethnographic archive of the University of Kansas’s anthropology department.

There are plenty of unusual attractions to satisfy a variety of tastes. The Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City brings out the child in everyone with its nostalgic collection of dolls, bears and tin models, while the Arabia Steamboat Museum tells the fascinating story of this historic vessel which sank in the Missouri-Kansas River and has now been fully restored. The displays of personal artefacts belonging to First World War soldiers in the museum at the Liberty Memorial offer a poignant glimpse of life on the front line.

Don’t leave Kansas City without visiting the home of a genuine American icon. The Harley-Davidson motorcycle company was founded in 1903 by two friends and has since become one of the industry’s biggest success stories. Join a factory tour for a glimpse behind the scenes of this famous marque and have your photo taken astride a gleaming machine to make the folks back home green with envy.

Kansas City has a reliable public transport system which links up most places of interest in the city centre, but a car is recommended for exploring further afield. Parking is usually plentiful at these out-of-town attractions.

Top hotels in Kansas City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Overland Park
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Overland Park
3 out of 5
11400 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS
NZ$123
per night
3 Apr. - 4 Apr.

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and Johnson County Community College. Corporate ...

3.8/5Good! (3,753 reviews)

"Nice quite clean Atmosphere! Everything was absolutely nice"…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2020

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Overland Park
Radisson Hotel Lenexa Overland Park
Radisson Hotel Lenexa Overland Park
3.5 out of 5
12601 West 95th Street, Lenexa, KS
NZ$124
per night
19 Apr. - 20 Apr.

Situated in Lenexa, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Oak Park Mall and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Johnson County Community College. Overland Park Soccer Complex ...

3.6/5Good! (1,134 reviews)

"Has the feel of a fancy hotel without having to pay a ton. The hot tub was great and the staff was extremely friendly."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

Radisson Hotel Lenexa Overland Park
Hyatt Place Kansas City/Overland Park/Metcalf
Hyatt Place Kansas City/Overland Park/Metcalf
3 out of 5
6801 W 112th St, Overland Park, KS
NZ$154
per night
4 Apr. - 5 Apr.

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Overland Park Convention Center, Towne Center Plaza and Corporate Woods. Overland Park ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,396 reviews)

"Great location, safe and near some very good shopping and dining options."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

Hyatt Place Kansas City/Overland Park/Metcalf

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