Steaks, Barbecue, Jazz and Other Kansas City Treats

Welcome to the "Heart of America" and the mid-western hospitality. From humble beginnings as a trading post in 1821 Kansas City, Missouri has become the largest city in a metropolitan area of 1.8 million people. When it comes to attractions, the Kansas City of today has plenty to keep visitors busy. So roll up your sleeves and get ready for a few steaks, barbecue sauce, jazz and other Kansas City treats.

Located near the geographic and populations centers of the nation, Kansas City, Missouri truly is the "Heart of America." It is the nation's 36th largest city in population and the 13th largest in land area. Kansas City takes in parts of four counties - Jackson, Platte, Clay and Cass.

Kansas City boasts more fountains than any other city except Rome and more boulevards than any except Paris. Swope Park is one of the largest urban parks in America. Major sports spectators can enjoy baseball with the Royals, football with the Chiefs, and NASCAR racing at Kansas City's recently built speedway.

Kansas City is best known for its steaks, barbecue and jazz. With more than 60 barbecue restaurants and numerous cook-off competitions, it is arguably the nation's barbecue capital. Kansas City became a hotbed of jazz shortly after World War I in the now-famous area around 18th and Vine. Jazz is undergoing a renaissance here, a factor in the Kansas City Jazz Museum, a complex that also includes a Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. There's also a variety of accommodations available in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Some of the best Missouri hotels are represented here.

Kansas City is a major transportation hub. About 400 flights a day come and go from Kansas City International Airport. The city is one of only five U.S. cities with three intersecting interstate highways. It ranks first in inland foreign trade zone space, underground storage space, greeting card publishing, frozen food storage and distribution, and hard winter wheat marketing. Both General Motors and Ford have major plants here, ranking Kansas City eighth in the nation in auto assembly. The city is also home to a Harley Davidson motorcycle plant.

Kansas City knows how to entertain visitors. From its beginnings this city has a rich history of delighting travelers with amusement parks and innovative shopping areas. Whether you are visiting the home of Hallmark Cards or watching a "hog" being assembled at the Harley-Davidson Final Assembly Plant, today's traveler will find a multitude of diverse and fun attractions.

Modeled after the tale, Around the World in Eighty Days, Worlds of Fun theme park features more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Catch more than 60-acres of surf, sand and fun at Oceans of Fun, the Midwest's largest tropically-themed water park. Hundreds of exotic animals reside in their natural habitats at the Kansas City Zoo.

For Kids fun there's Union Station's theater district and the interactive museum, Science City. Nearby Kaleidoscope allows children to explore their creativity during free workshops. You can also get a speed-rush at one of many Kansas Speedway racing events.

 The city's casinos offer traditional gaming, dining, live entertainment and movie theaters. One-of-a-kind boutiques and fashion's favorite labels can be found at Kansas City's shopping attractions. See live theater at Crown Center, a development of Hallmark Cards. Take an architectural tour of the Country Club Plaza.

There's just so much to Kansas City, you'll be blown away!

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