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Kansas City

List of points of interest

Location: Kansas, United States, North America

Best time to visit: fall


What to do and what to see:

In the heart of America’s breadbasket, Kansas City, Missouri is a bustling metropolis located on the state’s western border near the juncture of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. Nicknamed “The City of Fountains,” K.C. boasts more fountains than any city in the world other than Rome, and it offers something for every traveler in the way of arts, entertainment, sports and culture. Art lovers will appreciate the downtown Crossroads Arts District. More than sixty art outfits have opened galleries for browsing and collecting, and a special late-night street fair is held the first Friday of each month. The renowned Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is nearby, which includes a 17-acre sculpture park. If a traditional park is more your style, stop by Kansas City’s 1700-acre Swope Park, the second-largest city park in the U.S. The Kansas City Zoo is located inside Swope Park, along with the outdoor Starlight Theatre, two unique golf courses, and the Lakeside Nature Center. For more park action, head fifteen minutes east of the city and visit Fleming Park, containing the Audubon Nature Center for birding and the 970-acre Lake Jacomo for boating. History fans should explore the circa-1855 reproduction city of Missouri Town, complete with authentic crops, livestock and costumed interpreters. / Kansas City also has plenty of modern sports action. The Chiefs play American football in the 77,000-seat Arrowhead Stadium, and a stone’s throw away is the Kauffman Stadium, home to Major League Baseball’s K.C. Royals. NASCAR racing fans will love the Kansas Speedway, a 1.5 mile tri-oval track with room for 82,000 spectators, while baseball history buffs should plan to stop by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. / And you can’t mention Kansas City without including the music vibe. Jazz abounds in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, where names like Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker and Big Joe Turner made their marks, and all are commemorated here in the American Jazz Museum. Fall is generally the best time to visit, and travelers are sure to enjoy all that this dynamic city has to offer.

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