Kansas City Travel Guide


American Jazz Museum

The Premiere Jazz Museum in the United States. It is located in the historic 18th & Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri. The American Jazz Museum preserves the history of the American Music: Jazz. The museum has exhibits on Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and more. Items on display include a saxophone owned by Charlie Parker and various Down Beat awards. The Blue Room is a fully funtioning jazz club on site and the Gem Theatre is a larger venue across the street hosting jazz music.

18th and Vine Historic District

The 18th and Vine District is a center of African American culture in Kansas City, Missouri. In the 1980s, parts of the film Kansas City were filmed there. Façades left from the movie remained on most of the dilapidated buildings until the end of the 1990s. During the 1990s the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum were opened.

Crown Center

Crown Center is a shopping and entertainment complex operated by the Hallmark Cards corporation and located adjacent to the company's headquarters in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. It features three levels of shops, a set of open air fountains, an ice skating rink and overstreet walkways leading to Kansas City's Union Station.

Country Club Plaza

The Country Club Plaza is the first suburban shopping district in the US. Designed and constructed in Kansas City by businessman J.C. Nichols in 1922, it was intended to accommodate shoppers who would arrive in automobiles. The availability of filling stations, garages and parking lots was a central theme in the layout of the Country Club Plaza.

The plaza was built in a swampy area of Kansas City known as Brush Creek Valley. Nichols began acquiring land as early as 1907, and when his plans were first announced the project was dubbed as 'Nichols' Folly'. Once opened, the Country Club Plaza proved to be an immediate success, which has lasted with little interruption to the current day.

The basic design of the plaza reflects European, and especially Spanish influences. There are more than thirty statues and tile-laced murals on display in the area as well as architectural reproductions, such as the Giralda Tower of Seville, which is the tallest building in the Country Club Plaza. On 'The Path of Golden Lights', there are also light standards which were made from the same molds as San Francisco's Path of Gold lights. Other works of art celebrate classical works of art, nature, and historical American themes.

Union Station (Kansas City)

Kansas City Union Station is one of many train stations in the United States bearing the name Union Station.

Around the turn of the 20th century, the Kansas City Terminal Railway, a company controlled by the 12 railroads serving Kansas City, decided that a new location was needed for the train depot. The location at the time was prone to flooding by the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. A new location was selected south of the central business district, above and away from the floodplain. The architect chosen to design the building was Jarvis Hunt, a proponent of the City Beautiful movement. The Beaux-Arts station opened on October 30, 1914 as the third-largest train station in the country.

Liberty Memorial

Liberty Memorial, in Kansas City, is dedicated to the victory of liberty over oppression, in World War I against the Axis.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the major art museum in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, and is considered one of the finest smaller collections in the country. The museum was opened in 1933 after bequests from the estates of Kansas City Star publisher William Rockhill Nelson, schoolteacher Mary Atkins, and others. Today, the museum is arguably best known for its collection of Asian art, especially that of China. The museum also has a large collection of ancient art, modern sculpture, European painting, and other representative works from Africa and The Americas. The museum has one of the most extensive collections of Henry Moore sculpture in existence.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1994 in Kansas City, Missouri. The core of the museum's permanent collection is the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, a gift of the museum's founders. The collection includes works created after the 1913 Armory Show to works by present-day artists. Artists in the permanent collection include Dale Chihuly, Arthur Dove, Louise Bourgeois, Andrew Wyeth, Fairfield Porter, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frank Stella, Lesley Dill, Romare Bearden, Christian Boltanski, Robert Mapplethorpe, Garry Winogrand, Kojo Griffin, Jim Hodges, Wayne Thiebaud, and Hung Liu.

Airline History Museum

The Airline History Museum is located at the Kansas City Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Missouri. It was originally known the "Save a Connie Foundation" and is still incorporated under that name. It was founded by former TWA employees.


Westport was the name of a town in Missouri, along the Missouri River near Kansas City, Missouri. It was first settled by Reverend Isaac McCoy and his family in 1831, platted three years later, and formally incorporated in February 1857. The community thrived during the mid-1800s as an outfitter for migrants traveling any of the four now-historic trails (Oregon, California, Santa Fe and Lewis & Clark) which went through the area.

During the Civil War, there were many skirmishes between pro- and anti-slavery groups in the area, including the Battle of Westport in October 1864. After the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 and the Civil War, Westport's role as the starting point for migrants slowly declined, even as nearby Kansas City grew. It was annexed by Kansas City in 1897. The present-day Westport neighborhood is known as a center of entertainment and nightlife (including blues music) in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun is an amusement park in Kansas City, Missouri. It is most noted for its roller coaster Mamba. Other notable rides include Boomerang, Detonator, Rip Cord, Timberwolf, and Thunderhawk.

Downtown Kansas City

The Central Business District is centered around 10th and Main and includes most of the large office buildings and corporate headquarters.

Quality Hill is in the west end of the business loop and was originally developed as mansions to house the owners of the stockyards below. In the 1980s it was one of the first Downtown areas to be successfully redeveloped. It is now a very popular neighborhood with a mix of townhouses, apartments, and Case Park.

The Garment District is just to the east of Quality Hill, across Broadway. It originally housed the city's thriving textile industry. Its old industrial buildings have since been redeveloped into loft apartments and offices.

River Market - the area between the freeway loop and the Missouri River. Its old industrial buildings hold the City Market, a popular farmers market, and numerous loft apartments, condos, and offices.

Columbus Park - a residential neighborhood just east of River Market. A traditional home of Italian Americans, more recent immigrants include Vietnamese and other Southeast Asians.

Government District - an area on the east side of the freeway loop centered around Ilus Davis Park (The Civic Mall) that includes City Hall, Jackson County Courthouse, Bolling Federal Office Building, Charles Whitacre US Courthouse, and other government offices.

SoLo - short for South Loop, this area long targeted for an entertainment district is now under development. Lining Truman Boulevard and I-670, the district is bordered on the west by the H. Roe Bartle Hall Convention Center and includes Municipal Auditorium, H & R Block's new headquarters and the new 18,000 seat Sprint Center (the latter two under construction).

Crossroads Arts District - the area just south of the freeway loop is the city's primary art gallery district.

Westside - just west and southwest of the freeway loop, this area is the traditional center of the region's Hispanic community, primarily Mexican-Americans. Southwest Boulevard is know for Mexican and Spanish restaurants.

West Bottoms - one of the earliest settlements in the area later become home to the Kansas City Stockyards and the center of Mid-America's cattle industry. Today the area is an industrial district full of giant old brick warehouses and factories. It also houses the Kemper Arena and American Royal complexes.


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