Why Fly Over The Midwest When You Can Visit Kansas City?

Kansas City, Missouri has the reputation as an agricultural center. Many don't consider it a tourist destination. However, KC has a number of fine attractions, restaurants and hotels that are sure to please any visitor.

Things To Do

The Nelson-Atkins Museum One of the best art museums in the United States, and the best place to visit in Kansas City, is the Nelson-Atkins Museum located at 4525 Oak.

If traveling to the Nelson by car, be sure to use the underground parking garage. There is a small fee, but it is very secure and provides direct access to the museum lobby. Try to arrive as close to opening time as possible. There is much to see, and parking is more readily available.

The Nelson has two main levels. The first level houses ancient and European art. The second floor is for the American and Asian collection. The separate Bloch Building is the location of modern and African Art.

Many who visit the museum forget to look at the outdoor, sculpture garden. This is not to be missed. Visitors here will see sculptures by Rodin, Renoir and Henry Moore.

The Nelson is open at 10a.m on Wednesday through Saturday and at noon on Sunday.

The Kansas City Zoo The Kansas City Zoo has seen a great deal of renovation and improvement in recent years. The zoo is located in Kansas City's Swope Park. Over 200 acres of the park are used by the zoo to house its nearly 1,000 animals.

One of the zoo's most interesting areas is the Australia area. There is a replica of a working sheep station as well as wallaby, kangaroos and an Australian aviary.

Try to take in as many of the "keeper chats" as possible. These programs give great information about most the species at the zoo. The daily sea lion performance should not be missed. Nikita the polar bear is a Kansas City favorite. The zoo is open every day.

Places To Eat

After a day of attractions, Kansas City offers some great dining options. Many of the city's finest restaurants are located near the Nelson-Atkins in the Country Club Plaza shopping district. There are dozens of unique restaurants here including a vegetarian restaurant in the basement of a church and there are some national chains as well.

Plaza III Steakhouse The Plaza III at 4749 Pennsylvania is a long-time Kansas City favorite. They offer a variety of steak selections with choice of sides and an extensive wine list. It is best to make reservations on Saturday night when jazz is performed by some great Kansas City talent.

Classic Cup Another area favorite is the Classic Cup at 301 W. 47th. They are open for all meals and serve a dinner menu that includes salmon, steak and lamb. They have a nice dining area along the sidewalk.

Places to Stay

Some of the best hotels in the city are also on the Country Club Plaza. There are a range of price options available.

Raphael The Raphael is located at 325 Ward Parkway. This luxury hotel features large rooms and suites with valet parking and 24-hour room service. The on site Chaz Restaurant is a great place for dinner. Make reservations at this hotel as far in advance as possible. It is very popular.

The Courtyard Kansas City The Courtyard is a less expensive hotel option on the northern edge of the Plaza at 4600 JC Nichols Parkway. Complimentary parking, a swimming pool and a fitness center are among the amenities.

Aubot Bio: Kevin Caldwell is the owner of www.airporthotelguide.com. Kevin built the site to help his fellow travelers easily find hotels near the hotels they visit. Kevin enjoys traveling and writing about the different places he visits.