48 Hours in… Kansas City

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For my first trip of the new year, I took a weekend jaunt down to the city of fountains: Kansas City. No joke,  there’s a lot of fountains. visiting an ever gracious host,  my friend Jess,  a KC native,  showed me around this charming hub of the central us.

I flew Spirit air down to KC, and I managed to find a flight for 78 bucks round trip! Anyone who’s flown Spirit however, knows that you make up for the fare in the a-la-carte add-ons this airline has. So I’m packing super light, only a small duffle that will fit under my seat. No bag fees for me please!

Only an hour flight from Chicago,  I arrived in the early afternoon on Saturday and took a quick driving tour of the downtown area.We were blessed with beautiful weather (60 degrees in January, like what???) which we took advantage of by walking around outside.

The architecture of the city struck me right away because it is a wonderful mix of old,  new and refurbished. There are lots of modern and artistic buildings including the performing arts center and the Kansas City start building. But I also loved the reclaimed warehouses turned restaurants that pepper the downtown.

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Our first stop was the art museum,  which is free for visitors to explore. The first thing you’re likely to notice is the over-sized shuttle cocks that litter the front lawn. A famous kc landmark,  I couldn’t help but get a goofy picture in front. Inside the museum there is a beautiful modem art wing as well as a classic renaissance and sculpture exhibit.

Next on our agenda was a visit to the plaza. A famous shopping area,  this is one of the oldest open air malls in the USA,  and it is built in a Spanish style. Complete with painted tile work and bell towers,  it felt like a mini trip to Europe,  although I was disappointed to only find chain stores.

To get a panoramic view,  we also made a stop at the world war one memorial. Built in the 1920s, this 230 foot tall tower is a great way to remember the veterans while taking in the expanse of the city. Plus on a bright sunny day,  you get to enjoy the outdoors.

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The final stop on our historical city tour was union station. Steps from the memorial,  the train station is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Airy and open,  the high painted ceilings wow you right away. Then with a little more exploring,  you’ll find the station is filled with all kinds of goodies,  including a science museum,  theater, restaurant and post office.

I had a ton of fun exploring around via car,  just taking in all the neighborhoods and cute buildings. It’s really spread out but easy to see via car (or bike in nicer weather). The city surprised me with the number of parks, cute houses and unique architecture.  I never expected it!

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Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

3 thoughts

  1. I’m so jealous you got to go up the WWI tower! I’ve been 3 times now and it’s been closed every time, usually due to the chilly weather and/or wind factor. My parents live in KC so we get to go a lot and I love that city!

    1. What a bummer for you! We felt so lucky to get good weather and a clear day. It was a really beautiful view from the top. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you! Hopefully next time you’ll get lucky :)

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