Kansas City

Welcome to Kansas City

Known for its central location and overall affordability, Kansas City is one the nations’ finest treasures. Travelers to this entertaining metropolis in America’s heartland discover a jazzy city brimming with surprises; a city with a great future forged by a rich historical past. Its 2.1 million citizens enjoy a vibrant, creative community with a rich tradition as an All-American city on the rise. But there’s more to this Midwestern metropolis than what meets the eye.

Swinging Jazz

From the Roaring ‘20s to the early ’40s jazz reigned in Kansas City.  The city’s 12 Street became world renowned for its jazz clubs, gambling parlors and brothels – earning Kansas City the moniker the “Paris of the Plains.”  Today, more than 40 venues feature Kansas City-style jazz on a regular basis. Learn the story behind the legends at the American Jazz Museum or join in a jam session at the Mutual Musicians Foundation – both located inside the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District.

World-Famous Cuisine

When most people think of Kansas City, barbecue comes to mind. And there’s good reason: the city’s signature food is served up at more than 100 barbecue establishments, each boasting a house specialty. But there’s more to KC than just savory ‘cue. From food truck favorites to farm-to-table eateries, KC’s food scene is cooking in all kinds of ways.

City of Fountains

Kansas City is home to more than 200 fountains – more than any other city in the work except Rome. From large and majestic to small and whimsical, discover waterworks dedicated to fallen firefighters, the city’s children, women’s leadership and more. Take a tour and find your favorite.

A New Downtown

$10 billion can do a lot for a city. Get to know one of “America’s Best Downtowns” (Forbes).  The Power & Light District, a collection of entertainment venues, restaurants and nightlife is something that everyone can enjoy. For a change of scenery hop on the KC Streetcar. With 16 stops and convenient hours, the 2.2 mile mode of transportation connects you to some of KC’s most vibrant districts and attractions, like Crown Center, Union Station, the Crossroads Arts District and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Best of all, it’s free to ride.

For the Sports Fan

KC’s love of sports will leave you cheering. Check out KC’s all-star sports attractions. Attached to T-Mobile Center is the College Basketball Experience, a hands-on hoops haven, or take the field with legends at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which recreates the sights and sound of America’s favorite pastime prior to integration. We are also known as the Soccer Capital of America – not to mention home to NASCAR races, Major League Baseball games and the NFL’s loudest stadium.  

We hope to see you very soon in Kansas City, The New Midwest.  To learn more about all there is to see and do in Kansas City, go to VisitKC.com. There you can plan your stay, access savings at local venues or just get to know KC and its fun-loving citizens.  Follow the Kansas City conversation on social with @VisitKC and #HowWeDoKC.


University of Missouri, Kansas City
Volker Campus
5000 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64110

Rockhurst University 1100 Rockhurst Rd,
Kansas City, MO 64110

Avila University
11901 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO 64145

Local Transit & Amtrak Arrival Times

Kansas City Regional Transit | Home | RideKC
East bound: 8:40 AM, 4:00 PM
West bound: 1:55 PM, 8:45 PM

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A Streetcar in downtown Kansas City, Missouri
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Two plates of food
People listening to headphones in a Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri