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Kansas City Introduction


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Kansas City means jazz, barbecue, dazzling fountains and greeting cards. Split between Kansas and Missouri, Kansas City embraces a host of small communities within its metro area—each with its own character, history and appeal. Kansas City also has a raucous nightlife that spawned many of the legendary jazz artists of the 20th century.  Click here to see the full Kansas City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Kansas City Geography


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Kansas City sprouted on the southern bank of the Missouri River, but the city now extends in all directions, including across the Kansas-Missouri border. The metro area includes the outer Kansas communities of Lenexa, Overland Park, Shawnee and Olathe, as well as the Missouri towns of Gladstone, North Kansas City, Liberty, Independence and Parkville.   Click here to see the full Kansas City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Kansas City History


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Long before European settlers arrived, the Osage, Kansa and Wyandot tribes shared the bluffs where the Kansas and Missouri rivers merge. In the early 1800s, trappers and traders established a settlement on the southern bank of the Missouri that would later become known as Kansas City. A supply post was built next to the trappers' settlement, while nearby communities named Independence and Westport became starting points for travelers heading west on the Oregon and Santa Fe trails.  Click here to see the full Kansas City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Kansas City Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Kansas City has a nice mix of historical sites, cultural museums and pleasant public spaces. One of the best places to start a tour of the city is the 18th and Vine Historic District. This old African-American neighborhood was a hotbed of jazz players in the first half of the 20th century—a legacy that is chronicled in places such as the American Jazz Museum. The adjacent Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a shining point of the community.   Click here to see the full Kansas City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Kansas City Nightlife


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Because Kansas City was a breeding ground for jazz in the 1920s through the 1940s, nurturing legendary players Charlie Parker and Count Basie among others, the 18th and Vine District is a must for aficionados. Though no longer the heart and soul of the jazz scene (no single area of town has a lock on the jazz scene anymore), Kansas City has reached back to its roots to make certain there are still many opportunities to hear excellent live jazz at many locations throughout the city. Some of the more traditional include the Blue Room and the Gem Theater.   Click here to see the full Kansas City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Kansas City Restaurants & Dining


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The title of the cookbook published by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (Barbecue...It's Not Just For Breakfast Anymore) gives visitors some idea of what to expect when surveying the town's restaurant options. This is foremost a meat town, with more than 100 barbecue joints ready to serve up a carne-copia of delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The most famous is Arthur Bryant's, though Gates is not far behind. Both are no-frills, down-to-earth eateries that specialize in ribs, brisket and burnt ends. Or, if you fancy a classic cut of sirloin served in a historic Kansas City landmark, you can head to either the downtown Majestic or Plaza III in Country Club Plaza.   Click here to see the full Kansas City travel guide on Travel42 »

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