Kansas City, which is located in the Kansas state in Midwestern United States, is one of the major tourist destinations in the country. The 3rd largest city in Kansas, the Kansas City is panoramically located at the meeting point of the largest river in the country the Missouri and Kansas Rivers. The city serves as a consolidated city-county government known as the ‘Unified Government’ and is the third-largest city of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The current city was founded in the year 1886 through the consolidation of five municipalities - old Kansas City, Armstrong, Armourdale, Riverview, Wyandotte. The city is located at an elevation of 265 meters above sea level and has a total land area of 332.50 km2. Currently the city is home to 145,786 residents with English as their official language. Kansas City lies in the Midwestern United States, as well as near the geographic center of the country.
All the flights coming to Kansas City land at the Kansas City International Airport which is also known as Mid-Continent International Airport. It is the major airport serving Kansas and ranked in the top-five airports in the North America Airport Satisfaction Study. The airport currently operates 15 airlines to and from the Kansas International airport. Having four distinct seasons, the city experiences Humid Continental type of climate and is part of USDA plant hardiness zones 5b and 6a. July, with a 24-hour average temperature of 27.2 °C, is the hottest month of the year and January with an average of −0.6 °C, is the coldest month. The city receives an annual snowfall of 13.4 inches. The months from June to September and October and November, is the best time to visit Kansas. Kansas City Irish Fest in May, Kansas City Renaissance Festival in Late August to mid-October, Kansas City Improv Festival in Spetember, Dogtober Fest in October, Autumn in the Grove in October and Weston Irish Fest are some of the major festivals celebrated in Kansas City.
National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, commemorating the lives of men and women who died during the war is the major historical attractions in the city. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is another popular sightseeing place that showcases as an impressive general collection with a very large collection of East Asian art and broad range of pieces from around the world. Arabia Steamboat Museumdisplays items like clothing, shoes, medicine, guns, bottled fruits and vegetables, jewelry and perfume, that were excavated from the site of the residence of the Steamer Arabia inhabitants.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is another museum where tourists can enjoy sight broad range of works including painting, sculpture, installations, prints and works on paper, photography, and time-based media. Union Station (a historical railway station), Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City (housing antique dolls, cast iron toys and miniatures), Hallmark Visitors Center (displaying the history of the greeting card industry) and Airline History Museum are among the major sightseeing places in Kansas City. Kansas City Zoo, World of Fun, Oceans of Fun, Loose Park, Swope Park and Cosmic Center are some of the entertainment centers suited for both kids and adults.
Eating and Shopping
Like any metropolitan hub in Unites States, Kansas too offers cuisines from all over the world to suit the palate of every traveller. Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Woodyard Bar-B-Que and The Local Pig are some of the best places to enjoy a wonderful BBQ meal. Seva Cuisine of India is one of the most popular places for enjoying an Indian meal. Kate's Kitchen for brunch, Fogo de Chao for Brazilian steaks, Stroud's Restaurant & Bar for fried chicken and Cosentino's Market and Deli is a foodie heaven where you should not miss enjoying a meal while in Kansas City. The city is also very famous for its nightlife and alcoholic beverages and pub crawling is an enjoyable activity. From high end restaurants to mid-range eateries to budget places, the option of enjoying a hearty meal is plentiful for all kinds of travellers.
The city is dream destination for shopaholics as there are numerous shopping options. For the brand conscious there are international boutiques and glamorous malls scattered all over the city. the city has its share of street markets as well. Oak Park Mall, Zona Rosa, One Nineteen, Legends Outlets (premier discount shop), Town Center Plaza, Crown Center, Independence Center, Great Mall of the Great Plains and Brookside are some of the major shopping destinations in Kansas City. if you are looking for an exceptional shopping destination in Kansas City, then go to Country Club Plaza which is a 15-block district, with more than 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants making it one of the City’s premier retail, dining and entertainment destination.
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