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Know All About Kansas, Missouri

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Welcome to the extremely friendly and cool destination, Kansas City.  This bowl shaped, Alpine beauty is geographically surrounded to the north by glacier-carved limestone and to the south by bedrock cliffs. The people of Kansas take their jazz and barbecue very seriously and they are absolutely unrivaled. That said, there are scores of other music and food, you can delve in the city. The lively and amiable local vibe, coupled with interesting neighborhoods and stunning attractions are magnetic and by all means, will lure you to come back here again and again.

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History of Kansas City

Etienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont was the first recorded European who visited Kansas City and explored the regions of lower Missouri River. The city flourished as a trading post in 1821. In 1853, Kansas City was officially incorporated to the 50 states of the US. The city's much loved jazz came into limelight in the beginning of the 1930's Prohibition-era tenure, when Mayor Tom Pendergast allowed alcohol to flow freely. This was a roaring good times in KC, with the establishments of numerous nightclubs, vaudeville houses and dance halls. By the mid 1940's, with the indictment on tax evasion, the entertainment scene faded.

After the civil war, Kansas City witnessed a boom in population, that led to the extension of city limits to further south and east. The City grew as the 22nd largest city in the nation in 1900. Post World War II, the city's suburban development started with a streetcar system. The neighborhoods of Quality Hill and Pendleton Heights serve as the city's first subrubs.

Important Locations in Kansas City

Kansas city spans in Jackson, Cass, Clay and Platte counties.The city's major suburbs include Lee's Summit and the Missouri cities of Independence and the Kansas cities of Olathe, Overland Park and Kansas City. The trendy Power & Light District has heaps of modern bars, restaurants and fine restaurants. The thriving art deco-filled Midtown and downtown have also evolved as an attractive residential option. KC is also a home to more than 200 working fountains - the Nichols Bronze Horses, the Black Marble H&R Block fountain and the fountain in Crown Center are some highlights.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Renowned as US's premier art institutions,Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art encompasses a stunning museum building and a sprawling 22-acre lawn. It exhibits magnificent collection of prestigious arts, spanning from ancient to modern works, especially famed for its collection from US, Asia and Europe.Click here, and take a sneak peak into the museum.

Steamboat Museum
The centerpiece of the museum is once famous steamboat 'Arabia', that disappeared under the sea. A tour around the boat's hull and deck will reveal those recovered items, such as tons of cargo, china, bourbon cases, jewelry, French perfume, preserved food and hardware. Interestingly, you will find those perfumes being sold on the gift shop there.To know more, click here.

City Hall and Observation Deck
The assets of the facility are its exquisite Art Deco architecture and the breathtaking views of the city from the top observation deck. The Art Deco structure is an architectural masterpiece, decorated using Italian marble and oak veneer paneling. And from the 30th floor of the structure, you can catch the panoramic view of the city, the Missouri River and beyond.Dig out more here.

American Royal Museum and Visitors Center
Visit the facility and gather an insightful information about the impact of livestock industry on the city's development and also KC history. The highlights of this interactive museum are: hands-on exhibits, a resourceful short film,memorabilia, and numerous livestock shows.Click here to unearth more.

National World War I Museum
Dedicated to World War I, National World War I Museum is America's sole museum displaying items collected at war's end, such as replicas of trenches, propaganda posters, theaters and guns. The museum's exhibits are so distinct and appealing, that it narrates the war stories to the visitors.Visit the link to know the place well.

Union Station
This majestic building is definitely a head turner. The fabulous turn-of-the-century architecture of the building will leave you awestruck. This venue is the epicenter of entertainment and educational opportunities that houses a plenty of attractions, such as specialty shops, interactive children's science center, a live theater stage, restaurants, KC's railroad history exhibitions and movie screens.Explore more here.

Westport District
This historic neighborhood is decked up with several red-brick buildings, that is home to copious trendy shops, dazzling nightlife spots and fine diners. The district is bustling with numerous social affairs all-year round, that make the Landing, KC's mecca of social scene.To get more information about ;Westport District, click here.

People and Culture of Kansas City

The residents of KC are referred Kansas Citians. The City brims with salt-of-the-earth Midwesterners, - their simplicity and straight-forwardness will strike you. The city is fondly called the " Soccer Capital of America", owing to its die hard soccer nuts and popularity at both youth as well as professional levels. When it comes to performing art, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre is the leading professional theatre company in the metropolitan area. Whether its the Kansas City Symphony, Ballet, Chorale or jazz, there is no dearth of live music and art venues in the city, mostly concentrated in the Westport entertainment district.

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Time Zone and Phone Codes of Kansas City

Kansas City is in the Central Time Zone (UTC-6). The Summer Daylight Saving Time (DST) is Central Daylight Time (UTC−5).

Standard time zone: UTC - 6 hours
Daylight saving time: 1 hour
Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT - 5 hour
Time zone abbreviation: CST

Phone Codes of Kansas City

Area codes: 816, 975
International Country Code: 1

Best Time to Visit Kansas City

The ideal time to plan a visit to Kansas City from April to October. Durimg this time of the year, the temperatures hovers in the 60s to 80s, the air is soothing and the spring flowers bloom or fall foliage beam. If you want to participate in the much hyped Jazz Music Festival, then plan a June vacation. In terms of weather, summer is warm and humid; winter onsets in late October and winter is cold, with snowfall. While spring and fall are quite pleasant and mild.

Some notable festivals/events of Kansas City:

Kansas City Renaissance Festival
KCI Expo
The Gala of the Royal Horses
Lawrence Busker Festival
Kansas City Microbrews and BBQ Festival
Gladstone Bluesfest
Juneteenth Parade and Celebration
Kansas City Irish Fest

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