Revel in the Revival

Kansas City was recently ranked 10th out of 28 must see travel destinations in 2019 by National Geographic!

Most visitors to this Midwestern city come for the barbecue and all that jazz but soon find themselves caught up in an urban renaissance. Recent additions include the 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City, a $50-million reinvention of the 1888-built Savoy Hotel and Grill, and the free RideKC streetcar. The two-mile route stops near the National World War I Museum, where Great War Centennial Commemoration events continue in 2019. In the historic 18th and Vine jazz district, visit the side-by-side American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. West of downtown, empty industrial buildings in the West Bottoms now house retro-cool retailers and clubs, like The Ship, a restored 1930s speakeasy. “To me, West Bottoms speaks to the history of Kansas City: the stockyards and trains and commerce moving through the middle of the country,” says KC native Chris Goode, CEO and founder of Ruby Jean’s Juicery. “But no matter where you go in Kansas City, it will feel like home. The city just has soul.”

HOW TO GO: Walk and roll through downtown, learn about recent revitalization efforts, and hear stories of Kansas City’s colorful past on the Original KC Streetcar Tour.

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John Bennett

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