No matter the reason for visiting Kansas City, there’s no question why National Geographic named KC one of its Best Trips 2019 — because now, more than ever, it’s time to “revel in the revival.”
Explore the progressive art scene in galleries, exhibitions and hidden graffiti alleys. Sample the exquisite culinary culture, from iconic barbecue to farm-fresh favorites. Discover national and international stories of heroism, courage and sacrifice in renowned museums. Or, shop among Spanish-inspired architecture to find local goods and high-end apparel.
“Kansas City continues to rise through the ranks as a stellar visitor destination,” said Derek Klaus, director of communications at Visit KC. “Some of the city’s best sights, sounds and tastes can be experienced in a single trip — each as authentic and memorable as the last.”
A testament to KC’s creative culture, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s collection comprises works that encompass more than 5,000 years of history. Tour its halls for looks at impressionist masterpieces and an ancient Chinese temple, roam the sculpture park — highlighted by larger-than-life Shuttlecocks — and marvel at seasonal exhibits.
Queue up to satisfy ‘cue cravings at Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, a gas station-turned-restaurant well-known for its fresh flavors. Frequently featured on top 10 lists and travel TV shows, Joe’s is a sensational representation of KC barbecue. Download the KC BBQ Experience app to track barbecue travels, starting with this popular stop.
Found in the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a remarkable museum using artifacts, interactive displays and a replica baseball diamond to trace the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Negro League baseball players from their rise in the early 19th century to Major League Baseball’s integration post-World War II.
Kansas City’s premier shopping hotspot, Country Club Plaza features designer brands that dazzle shoppers and boutiques boasting regionally produced goods that locavores love. There’s also Spanish-inspired architecture, picture-perfect patios and countless fountains large and small, making the plaza a one-of-a-kind destination district for visitors of all ages.