From its plethora of public fountains to its spicy barbeque and jazz roots, Kansas City proves a true crossroads in America’s heartland.
Immerse yourself in the city with a visit to the fountains at Crown Center, an area chock full of opportunities for shopping and dining. Nearby, the Country Club Plaza represents one of the oldest suburban shopping centers in the country, and is another tantalizing place to spend the afternoon. From there, Ward Parkway provides a chance to stroll a landscaped boulevard while taking in statues and stately residences. Zip over to Swope Park for miles of outdoor recreation opportunities, including golf courses, amphitheatres, and complete zoo and wildlife rescue facility. The uniquely-designed Nelson Atkins Museum is worth a visit for arts aficionados, while the American Jazz Museum chronicles swing and bebop musicians, part of Kansas City’s prized cultural heritage.
Enter the fiercely-contested Texas vs. Kansas City barbeque debate by trying the ribs in one of the city’s many culinary gems. The historic City Market is open year round, and hosts local and gourmet food vendors in a charming open atmosphere. A mainstay of the college basketball circuit, Kansas City also hosts the Chiefs and the Royals in their hometown stadiums -- always sure to be a raucous good time. As the day winds to a close, browse the retail storefronts and locally-owned restaurants of the 39th Street District’s enchanting Restaurant Row. 18th and Vine is still home to the sultry jazz clubs of Kansas City legend, while the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and the perennially popular Starlight Theatre are the locals’ favorite places to catch a show. Break out your opera glasses for an evening of opera or symphony performances at the Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts.
Unwind in your IHG hotels after a long day spent in the city and enjoy the comforts of your room, smiling front desk service, and all the amenities you’ve come to expect. A stay with IHG hotels means you’ll be enjoying top value on your dollar, while not scrimping on service.