Visiting the eclectic downtown Kansas City is an experience filled with variety. Within its 10 different neighborhoods, you’ll take in culture, visual and performing arts, or historic jazz at 18th and Vine. You can also explore the city markets and the National WWI Museum. Whatever you choose to do in Kansas City, staying in a hotel like the Crowne Plaza will keep you close to a multitude of diverse attractions within a short distance from downtown. The Holiday Inn downtown is a great, centralized place to stay. There are many budget minded Kansas City hotels both in and around the city, so you are bound to find a hotel that suits both your itinerary and wallet.

The Best of the Crown Center District

The Crown Center is a midtown collection of 60 boutique shops and dining establishments. The district is close to downtown, and if you stay at inexpensive places like the Westin Crown Center or the Sheraton Crown Center, you are close to several family activities, live theatre, the Sea Life Aquarium, a chocolate factory, ice-skating for $6, or the famous Hallmark Visitors Center. Purchase tickets for Legoland with Scorebig and become the architect of your dreams where adults become kids again.

Getting around is easy with the Rapid Transit Line, which connects Crown Center to Country Club Plaza

The Best of the Country Club Plaza

The Country Club Plaza spans over 15 blocks. There are so many things to do that you won’t want to miss, like the gondola float ride on Brush Creek or romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through town. The Plaza, known as the Rodeo Drive of the Midwest, has over 150 eclectic shops offering high-end shopping. Ethnic restaurants line the streets with Latin, Mexican, Italian, and Chinese food, or you can dine on comfort food or seafood. If culture is part of your to-do list, take in a live theatre production at the KC Rep. If you are visiting Kansas City in the fall, don’t miss the Plaza Annual Art Fair showcasing the local talent.

In Kansas City, you are the designer of your own one-of-a-kind vacation.

The Best of Westport and 39th

An old outpost, Westport and 39th is transformed into a beautiful historic district with the liveliest of night spots for young professionals in their 20s and 30s. The tree-lined streets are filled with nightclubs and dancing, piano bars, and restaurants for all ages. It is also known as the shopping/entertainment district. International eateries of vegan, Creole, or Asian flavors will fill you to your heart’s content. If you decide to go on a walking tour, there are placards noting the evolution of the historic district, something history buffs will enjoy.

Pack your bags and don’t forget the top 10 gadgets to bring with you, making travel to Kansas City the greatest experience. Finally, because Kansas City is centrally located and a major airline hub, finding discount airfare is easy.


Linda Manning lives in trendy Newport, R.I., with her husband Paul and young English Springer Spaniel Brooklynn.  As a licensed boat captain and certified diver who loves to travel, the art of writing was born.  She enjoys going on Press Trips to exotic places, then showing the world how travel can change their life. At home, Linda loves gardening, cooking, entertaining, art, museums, and all Newport has to offer.




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