We’ve all heard the stories of people from New York who have never been to see the Statue of Liberty. Or D.C. denizens who’ve never set foot in the Lincoln Memorial. Sad but true, we get so caught up in the new-car smell of a vacation to never-visited places that we often overlook the charms right in front of us.
Too many of us in Kansas City, even, have to plead guilty to that charge. But here’s something you can do about it, and it doesn’t even require a staycation—you can build these attractions into your free time almost all year long. So slow down, enjoy one bite at a time of the best that this region has to offer, and see what you’ve been missing.
We’ll start with some iconic places, the ones that define Kansas City either visually or historically, or speak to its character. There are others, of course, and you may find them, especially if they’re free. We also know that no matter what we include, some places that should be here, according to some, aren’t. You’ll also note that this is pretty Kansas City-centric. There are great places in the suburbs here—the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at the Johnson County Community College or the Deanna Rose Farmstead in Overland Park come quickly to mind—but we’ve focused more on the central city area itself.
So regard this as simply a good start to all things Kansas City.
And this is just getting you started; many other venues are worthy of your time and money. The Jesse James Museum and Home. The Sprint Center. The T-Bones. Powell Gardens. The best barbecue in America. The 1954 All-Electric House. But can you even make a decent size dent in our Top 10 in just a few days? Probably not. So much to do, so little time. You’ll have to come back.