Kansas City defies expectations in every way. Most people assume it’s nothing more than a podunk cow town in Kansas. Wait, no, Missouri? (It’s both.)
Yes, barbecue brisket and KC strip steaks are a staple on local menus, but the cosmopolitan city is anything but unsophisticated. For a city of its size, “The Paris of the Plains” oozes culture, whether you’re perusing the art collection at the top-rated Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art or listening to a performance by the Kansas City Symphony under the swooping roof of the state-of-the-art Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches on. Kansas City recently made the list of National Geographic Traveler’s “Best Small Cities for 2018”. The town is trending in the “most artsy” category and you’ll see why when you stroll past some of the city’s famous fountains on Country Club Plaza, listen to live jazz at The Blue Room or explore the works of emerging artists in the Crossroads Arts District.
Kansas City is on a roll and not just thanks to the new streetcar systems zipping passengers for free up and down Main Street. There’s also a slew of new developments transforming the city’s hospitality options. That’s why I’m taking you to my native KC to revisit some of my favorite hot spots and the coolest hotels in Kansas City that are oozing with local appeal.