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I'm Goin' to Kansas City, Kansas City Here I Come.

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A March 2006 trip to Kansas City by travellingdave

Super 8 Motel Photo, Platte City, Missouri More Photos
Quote: Spring trip to Kansas City, MO, touring the 8th and Vine historic district, Country Club Plaza, and more.

I'm Goin' to Kansas City, Kansas City Here I Come.

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Overview

National World War One Museum Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the American Midwest. The birthplace of both jazz music and BBQ, the city is in a class of itself. Located near the exact center of the USA, KC is truly in the heart of it all, and this heartbeat doesn't stop pumping out good times and great music.Begin your visit with a stop at Arthur Bryant's BBQ in the historic 18th and Vine district. It doesn't matter if you're not hungry, or if you're the most pious vegetarian, once you enter this small corner restaurant on 18th and Brooklyn Avenue, you'll rush to the front, zealously ordering a 5-pound plate of BBQ pulled pork and fries. It truly deserves to be your first stop - and possibly t...Read More

Super 8 Motel

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Hotel | "Super 8 KCI Airport (Platte City)"

Super 8 Motel Photo, Platte City, Missouri
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This motel features standard Super 8 quality located just north of the KCI airport in the nearby town of Platte City. A free shuttle service is available from the airport terminal to the motel, but you may have to wait a while before being picked up. My approximate wait time was around 30 minutes.I arrived to a somewhat unfriendly clerk who refused to believe that I had a reservation (I had made the reservation around 20 minutes earlier). I had to wait around 2 hours before she received the confirmation email from the reservation center (which she could have phoned earlier for as I had asked). She didn't seem to mind wasting my time, as I sat and waited for her in the lobby. Don’t expec...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 3, 2007

Super 8 Motel
2500 Northwest Prairie View Rd
Platte City, Missouri
(816) 858-2888

Sleep Inn Airport

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Hotel

Sleep Inn Airport Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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This sleek and modern member of the Choice Hotels family is a truly nice place to stay near the KCI airport. It's sparkling clean, updated corridors lead to premium rooms with King-size beds, walk-in showers, and satellite television service.The hotel offers complimentary airport pick-up, and is located on the KCI airport city bus route, making connections to either the airport or downtown Kansas City simple and easy.The hotel offers a hot, nourishing continental breakfast featuring waffles, biscuits and gravy, toast, cereal, and fresh juices - much better than most hotel offerings. The gravy actually has real sausage pieces cut up in it, and the staff make sure everything is right wit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2007

Sleep Inn Airport
7611 NW 97TH Terrace
Kansas City, Missouri 64153
(816) 891-0111

Econo Lodge Airport

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Hotel

Econo Lodge  Airport Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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This hotel, located just across the road from the Kansas City International Airport, is perhaps the most inexpensive choice of a hotel in this area. The age-old adage rings true here, "you get what you pay for". In addition to a rather inexpensive invoice upon check-out, the guest is also provided with terrible service, rooms of sub-standard quality (even when compared with the most basic of family-owned motels), and a high degree of uncleanliness in every aspect of the property.For $39, I reserved a room through the Econo Lodge toll-free reservation desk, and then called for airport pick-up. To my bewilderment, the desk agent didn't believe I had a reservation, so he didn't bother to send the...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

Econo Lodge Airport
11300 Northwest Prairieview Rd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64153
(816) 464-5082

Doubletree Kansas City

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Hotel | "Radisson Downtown Kansas City"

Doubletree Kansas City Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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The recently-opened Radisson Downtown Kansas City is by far the most affordable entry-level luxury hotel in the downtown area. As a stylish, youthful property, this hotel has demonstrated itself to be a place to stay for businesspeople and families alike. It's my top choice when staying in the heart of the nation. We were arriving after a long drive across the state of Kansas, and we were happy as we'd ever been seeing this high rise on the Kansas City skyline, which seemed to invite us over to its large, spacious rooms. I was drooling over the thoughts of relaxing in my SleepNumber bed by the time we arrived at the self-parking garage, and headed in to the hotel. As we entered the lob...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

Doubletree Kansas City
1301 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
(816) 474-6664

Economy Inn

Hotel

Econo Lodge  Airport Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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This very decrepit motel was first discovered by myself via the travel coupon books found in gas stations. Upon arrival, I knew something was afoot. When the clerk saw me at the door struggling to get in, she pressed a button and the electronic gate lifted, allowing me entry. While checking in, a clearly drunken man was asking if the clerk had more toilet paper. He clearly lived in the hotel. I paid the $45 for the room, then headed to the room to find that while the hotel's corridors and lobby were decrepit, the rooms weren't as bad. The two large queen beds were comfortable and reasonably clean. The air-conditioner was mold-infested, though, and could not be used. Cable television was provid...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

Economy Inn
7901 East US Highway 40
Kansas City, Missouri 64129
(816) 921-5600

Ruby Tuesday

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Restaurant

Ruby Tuesday Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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After checking in to the Sleep Inn KCI Airport hotel on an early Sunday afternoon, I found myself very hungry and in need of a solid meal. My hotel was in a semi-rural setting with not much around, so I wasn't too optomistic about my chances of finding something other than a disappointing fast food chain nearby. I was entirely wrong; as I stepped outside, like an oasis on the horizon I saw the familiar sign of Ruby Tuesday, beckoning me in for one of the best meals of my vacation.I'm usually unimpressed with chain restaurants in general. The mundane, reheated, mass-produced menus that usually exist in these restaurants definitely was kicked out of this place long ago - here it's all abo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2007

Ruby Tuesday
9770 NW Prairieview Rd
Kansas City, Missouri 64153
(816) 891-7091

Arthur Bryant's Barbeque

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Restaurant

Arthur Bryant's Barbeque Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City's best barbecue is located a few blocks east of the historic junction of 8th and Vine street, close to downtown Kansas City.Upon stepping into this small restaurant on a shady corner in Kansas City's predominantly African-American neighbourhood, you'll understand why movie stars and past presidents have taken the time to seek out this restaurant and sample its excellent barbecue.I walked into the restaurant and found myself among a few tables, mostly businessmen and locals enjoying lunch. The atmosphere is 1970s retro, totally out of time and space with the present. It's a dark, somber, cafeteria-like atmosphere, but the food makes it all worth while. In fact, I thi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2007

Arthur Bryant's Barbeque
1727 Brooklyn Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri 64127
(816) 231-1123

Chipotle

Restaurant

Chipotle Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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One of the best Mexican fast food restaurants in the United States, Chipotle never ceases to amaze with its signature burritos and fajitas. With a very small, limited menu, Chipotle serves up the good stuff and the good stuff only. Burritos (with rice and beans) or Fajitas (with peppers and rice and black beans) are filled with the meat of your choice (stewed beef, chicken, or pulled pork) or served veggie (with guacamole). Those watching their carbs may opt for a healthy Baja Bowl instead, combining all the ingredients, sans tortilla. Side dishes include nachos, chips and salsa, and rice. Kids meals available, and the spice can be adjusted to their liking. One of the few fa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

Chipotle
4851 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
816-756-5158

National World War One Museum

Attraction | "Liberty Memorial National Historic Landmark"

National World War One Museum Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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The Liberty Memorial National Historic Landmark, a Kansas City icon, is located just south of downtown on a hill overlooking the city. It is the official National World War I Memorial of the United States.Built in 1921, the memorial pays tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in the first World War. It was dedicated on November 11, 1926, by President Calvin Coolidge. To get to the memorial, take Main Street south from downtown and turn right onto Memorial Drive, then another right into the memorial park. The views from the memorial are stunning, of the Missouri River valley and of downtown Kansas City. The monument's intricate detail are worth appreciating. On Decemb...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2007

National World War One Museum
100 West 26th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
(816) 931-0749

Clark's Point - Case Park Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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This statue in an obscure corner of downtown Kansas City is the point where Lewis and Clark surveyed the Missouri River confluence.Surrounded by a ring road, the monument is easily accessible from downtown Kansas City. From Broadway Blvd., take 9th Street west (it is a one way road) until you hit Jefferson Street. Turn left and follow the road two blocks to the monument. Get back to downtown via the same route.There is no admission to the statue. Just park, and walk over. The views of the valley are impressive, and the statue highlights the history of the area.Joke with your friends here, too, as Lewis and Clark are proudly overlooking Kansas City, Kansas, which is ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2007

Clark's Point - Case Park
803 Jefferson Street
Kansas City, Missouri

Union Station

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Attraction

Union Station Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City's famous Union Station is the hub of transportation activity in this great city. Amtrak is located here, and thousands of trains pass through every month. It has had a long history of closures and renovations, and what stands now is one of Kansas City’s most beloved and treasured landmarks, and one of the city’s main centers of entertainment.Aside from the beauty of the building itself, Union Station is also the location of some of America's history. On June 17, 1933, four FBI agents were gunned down here in what is now termed the Kansas City Massacre, prompting the formation of the FBI as we now know it. The bullet holes from the shootout are highlighted here, and there are so...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2007

Union Station
30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
(816) 460-2020

18th and Vine District

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Attraction

18th and Vine District Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City's 18th and Vine Jazz District is well-known as one of the jazz hotbeds of the world. Along with other jazz neighborhoods, including Basin Street in New Orleans, Beale Street in Memphis, 52nd Street in New York and Central Avenue in Los Angeles, the 18th and Vine district helped spawn the creation of jazz as we know it in the United States.Its favorite son, the legendary Charlie Parker, is the most famous jazz musician to come out of this district. It's centerpiece is the world-famous Gem Theater and the Blue Room jazz club. These icons provide a glimpse into the history of the neighborhood. Our first stop while visiting this historic district was the Blue Room, a fu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2007

18th and Vine District
1800 Vine St
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
+1 816 474 8463

Country Club Plaza

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Attraction

Country Club Plaza Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City's Country Club Plaza is the heartbeat of the rich and famous living in this midwestern city. Adorned with dozens of stylish fountains, this city-square-meets-upscale-shopping-district is a center of commerce in KC, and is the place to see and be seen.Bordered by the Ward Parkway to the south, W 47th Street to the north, the J.C. Nichols Parkway to the east, and Jefferson street to the west, this large entertainment district in southern Kansas City, near the Kansas State Line, is sure to please first-time visitors.With upscale eateries and shops, trendy stores, gorgeous fountains (which make Kansas city the City of Fountains), and beautiful Moorish architecture, this...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2007

Country Club Plaza
4745 Central
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
(816) 753-0100

River Market Brewing Company

Attraction | "River Market District"

City Market Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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The River Market is a trendy district of Kansas City that lies just north of the downtown core. Bordered by US 169 to the west, Oak Street to the east, I-70 to the south, and the Missouri River to the north, this area is home to many good restaurants and bars, and is a popular hang-out spot for college students on Friday nights.Similar in size and location to its Missourian counterpart, St. Louis' Laclade's Landing, this district features a lot of old warehouses-turned-restaurants, although on a much more low-key, family-friendly level.Wander the main building, the City Market, for some interesting stores and services. Many Chinese grocers call this district home, so come here ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 10, 2007

River Market Brewing Company
500 Walnut St
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
(816) 471-6300

Downtown Kansas City Walking Tour

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One Kansas City Place Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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Downtown Kansas City is mostly the economic heart of the city, with very little to see and do by itself. There are almost no hotels here, except a few business hotels, and no attractions of great interest. The downtown core is bordered by a ring of Interstate highways (670, 70, and 35).The interest here lies in the architecture of its many buildings, which some term "Little Manhattan." The city is home to many impressive buildings, from art deco to more modern types. There are a couple things of interest downtown, easily seen on the following walking tour of the downtown core:Start your walk at the transit center of downtown, at 12th and Main. Here you'll find a nic...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 10, 2007