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2 Days in Kansas City

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With a booming arts scene, striking jazz, eclectic die-hard sports, scrumptious barbecue – every block or boulevard of the city offer something that is singular to Kansas city. To let you find a way to realize a fascinating sojourn to KC, we have charted out a '48 hours trip guide', that highlights the city-go-to landmarks.

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Day 1- Kansas City Tour!

Breakfast at 8:00 AM

As soon as you are seated at First Watch, they will greet you with a hot cup of coffee and a glass of water. With a diverse menu selection, you can try its fresh start breakfast items, that include two fresh eggs, thick sliced bacon, choice of grilled ham, sausage links or turkey sausage. These are complimented with an English muffin and yummy potatoes.

Address: 409 Armour Road, North Kansas, Missouri
Phone: (816) 842-7300

City Hall and Observation Deck at 9:00 AM

Once you're done with the delicious breakfast, head to City Hall and Observation Deck, where you can admire the splendid art deco architecture and soak up the breathtaking city views. The interior's intricate architectural design with Italian marble and oak veneer paneling will simply awestruck you. Take the elevator ride up to the 30th floor, where you can simply stand and gaze at the scenic views of the city and overlooking suburban neighborhoods, the Missouri River and beyond.

Address: 414 E 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri
Website: www.visitmo.com/observation-deck-at-city-hall

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art at 10:30 AM

After a tour of the city's 3rd tallest building, you can stop by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum showcases outstanding collection of international art that utilize modern technology. After speculating the extraordinary art collection, you can take a quick bite at one of the onsite cafe or shop for souvenirs at the gift shop.

Address: 4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri
Website: www.kemperart.org

Distance from City Hall: 4.2 miles or 4 minutes drive

Clark's Point at 12:00 PM

After a spectacular art rendezvous, head to Clark's Point - its popularity dates back to 1806 as a significant stop over spot for explorers Lewis and Clark on their way back from famed journey to the Pacific Ocean. You will be welcomed by the bronze statue of the two great explorers. You will loose the sense of the present here, gazing at the magnificent spread of city's views.

Address: 611 W 8th Street, Kansas City, Missouri
Phone: 913-321-5000

Distance from Kemper Museum: 4.7 miles or 11 minutes drive

Lunch at 1:30 PM

Before your next stop at Nelson Atkins Museum, sit yourself down for a good lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. You can relish a delectable American style meal at Cafe Sebastienne (4420 Warwick Blvd). From poached egg salad to wild boar sausages, there are lots of delicacies you can try. Or if you want to try some really good grilled items with fresh, seasoned salad, drop by Grand Street Cafe (4740 Grand Ave)


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Nelson Atkins Museum of Art at 3:00 PM

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is the place to be in KC - One of America's premier art institutions. From contemporary art to antiquity - there is nothing short of prestigious works you can expect here at Nelson Atkins. Their priced collections, include exceptional Asian, American and European art. As you walk pass the 17-acre Sculpture Park, you will be delighted to see the stunning bronzes, showcasing work from Oceania, Africa and the Americas.

Address: 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri
Website: www.nelson-atkins.org

18th & Vine Historic District at 4:30 PM

You must definitely swing by this historic district to get a glimpse of the city's bygone days - the roaring '20s era, famous for defying Prohibition's mandates. The focal points are the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum. Spend a quality time in this swanky neighborhood and you'll find the answer to why KC is so closely associated to jazz.

Address: 1616 E 18th Street, Kansas City, Missouri
Phone: 816-871-3016

Distance from Nelson Atkins museum: 4.6 miles or 9 minutes drive

Westport Historic District at 6:00 PM

To explore the city's social scene, head to Westport Historic District. This venue oozes elite vibe amidst its specialty shops, chic boutiques, trendy bars and high end fine restaurants. If you have some extra cash to spend, you can enjoy a couture shopping experience or else simply browse around perusing the de luxe scene.

Address: 400 Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri
Phone: 816-561-1821

Distance from 18th and Vine: 14 miles or 19 minutes drive
 

J. C. Nichols Memorial Fountain at 8: 00 PM

I must say you must definitely visit the beautiful J. C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, that mainly contributed to KC's nickname 'City of Fountains.' This 40 ffot geyser, surrounded with its four horsemen, indeed is a magnificent site. While in the vicinity, take a walkimng tour of the downtown area.

Address: Main Street at 47th St, Kansas City, Missouri
Website: www.kcfountains.org

Distance from Westport District: 18 miles or 25 minutes drive

Dinner at 9:00 PM

Westport District offers a plenty of dinning options. If barbecue is what you're looking, you ought to stop at the city's much loved BBQ joint, Jack Stack Barbecue, that dish out some seriously awesome hickory smoked prime rib. Your bet for best German/Austrian fare is at Grunauer (101 W 22nd St). They serve fantastic home made style food and you can select from great range of draft beer choice.

Nightlife at 11:00 PM

Let your hair down and soak in KC's ultimate night scene at CrossroadsKC at Grinders. You will be totally fascinated by the stunning lightning from the city's skyline, the dramatic stage setting and the perks are the very affordable ticket prices. Enjoy the outstanding music scene, from reggae to rock, with delish pizza, great BBQ and cold beers.

Address: CrossroadsKC at Grinders, 417 E. 18th Street, KCMO
www.crossroadskc.com

Day 1- Kansas City Tour Map Guide


Day 2- Kansas City Tour!

Breakfast at 8:00 AM

When you're done with your breakfast at PT’s Coffee Roasting Co., you will thank us for recommending it to you. Pair your morning cup of espresso, cappuccino or latte with its really awesome bagels, umpqua oats, ham cheddar or choose your own from its diverse breakfast menu. Awesome service and delicious food - this place will not disappoint you at all.

Admire Turn-of-the-Century Architecture at Union Station at 9:00 AM

This is the perfect venue to start your day. Gazing at the dramatic  dramatic turn-of-the-century architecture will give you a jaw dropping moment. After getting awestruck, you can get yourself together and swing by  interactive children's science center - a fun way of learning things. Shops and restaurants are a plenty here, and if you're seeking for more entertainment, catch a show at the live theater stage or catch an exhibit on KC's railroad history. You can easily spend good 2 to 3 hours in this thriving spot.

Address: 30 W Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri
www.unionstation.org

Tribute to World War One at 11:30 AM

After marveling the stunning architecture at Union station, head to Liberty Memorial and National World War One Museum. While in KC, you must pay your tribute to the brave heart, war veterans of the World War I. This is the sole US museum, dedicated to World War I, showcasing items that were collected on Armistice Day at the end of the war. The hightlights here include a 217-foot tow, the Great Frieze, two sphinxes depicting Future and Memory and courtyards.

Address: 100 W 26th Street, Kansas City, Missouri
www.theworldwar.org

Distance from Union Station: 0.9 mile or 43 minutes drive

Lunch at 1:00 PM

As you wander around the Union Station, you will come across many fine restaurants. You can stop by Tenderloin Grill (900 SW Blvd) for incredibly good sandwiches. Vegan or vegetarians need not worry, for Cafe Gratitude (333 Southwest Blvd) offers fantastic vegetarian meal options.

Kansas City Zoological Park at 2:00 PM

Stash away some time aside to explore the state-of-the-art 200-plus acre, Kansas City Zoological Park. You will come across over 1500 exotic animals here. From the wild Australian outback to the deepest Congolese jungle, to the Kenyan Savannah - there is a multitude of things to explore here. If you are accompanying with children, you can avail golf cart tour; but book ahead.

Address: 6700 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, Missouri
Website: www.kansascityzoo.org

Kauffman Center at 4:00 PM

Opera, music, theater or dance - Whatever your whim is, Kauffman Center's performance halls, with its pitch-perfect acoustics, stunning decor and flourished lighting, will absolute gratify you.  The venue is home to Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. You can select and book a show ahead from its website.

Address: 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri
Phone: 816-994-7200
Website: www.kauffmancenter.org

Distance from Kansas City Zoological Park: 8.8 miles or 14 minutes drive.

Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark at 5:30 PM

Beyond museums and historic sites, you can delve in the city's Schlitterbahn Waterpark. The waterpark resort offers a staggering number of cool activities you can engage in. The draws, include -  Verruckt, the world's tallest water slide; watery roller coasters; score of mini slides, surfer's space; and multiple beaches. Adults can fix up a quick drink from one of the many refreshment bars available.
 
Address: 9400 State Avenue, Kansas City
Website: www.schlitterbahn.com

Distance from Kaufman Center:14 miles or 18 minutes drive

Dinner at 8:30 PM

Stop by Providence New American Kitchen to relish a scrumptious steak, seafood or perhaps a traditional American meal. From Lobster Arancini starter to Scottish Salmon, to BBQ Short Ribs, to Bruleed Cheesecake - the joint will absolutely satiate your palate.

Address: Central Business District, Greater Downtown, Power & Light District
1329 Baltimore Avenue, KCMO
Phone: (816) 303-1686

Jazz and Live music at 10:00 PM

After a delectable dinner, sit yourself down at Jardine's Restaurant and Jazz Club for a fantastic jazz scene. From Mike Metheny to Ida McBeth - several renowned artists have performed here. If you're with your date, this is the perfect  venue to mellow out to the echos of outstanding live jazz

Address: 4536 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: 816-561-6480

Night Cap at 11:30 PM

Grab a few rounds of superb drinks at Howl at the Moon. Famed as as dueling piano bar, you will enjoy the original takes on the work of Macklemore, Michael Jackson, and other legendary artists. The place attracts many hip crowds. So loosen up - dance and drink!

Address: 1334 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO
Phone: 816-471-HOWL (4695)
www.howlatthemoon.com



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