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Kansas City

Goin' to Kansas City
The Hub of the Heartland

Charlie Parker Memorial in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
Charlie Parker Memorial in the Jazz District


For breakfast, head to the the bustling City Market.  This lively outdoor open-air market features an eclectic mix of dining, shopping and entertainment. For your last day, sightseeing options abound.  In nearby Independence, about 20 miles east of Kansas City on Interstate 70, visit the Truman Presidential Museum & Library spotlighting the presidency of Harry S. Truman.  His home, separate from the museum, is also open for tours.  Also in Independence is the National Frontier Trails Center, which will entertain those interested in the westward movement on the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails; pioneers gathered in the area to start on all three trails. Tour the authentic high-Victorian Vaile Mansion, then visit Clinton's Soda Fountain on the Square where Harry Truman once worked as a young boy.  Another  option is to drive southwest to State Line Road where you will find the Alexander Majors Historical House, once headquarters of the Pony Express.  Just to the north and across State Line Road, drive through the Mission Hills area of lavish homes in wooded terrain.

Lidia's Kansas City
Lidia's Kansas City

Consider scheduling a tour of the self-proclaimed “second largest brewery in Missouri,” Boulevard Brewery.  Afterward, taste some of the ales, lagers and newly-released craft beers, many of them aged in Tennessee bourbon barrels.

Once you've seen the sights, head to Crown Center near Union Station and visit the empire that greeting cards built at the Hallmark Visitors Center. For lunch, try nearby Lidia's Kansas City, opened by New York city restaurateur Lidia Bastianich, featuring sumptuous Italian dishes.  Of course, you could always sample more barbecue.

Refueled, visit Village West and The Legends shopping and entertainment center, located near the Kansas Speedway.  There you'll find Cabela's, an 180,000-square-foot hunting, fishing and outdoor equipment shop, a plethora of restaurants-including Dave and Buster's T-Rex Café (created by the folks from Rainforest Café) and Yard House Restaurant.  Nearby, catch a T-Bones minor league baseball game after dinner and root for the home team.

For more information, contact the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association,


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* Charlie Parker Image Courtesy of the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association.

(Updated: 04/19/10 SG)

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