Welcome to Kansas City. It’s a place where wide boulevards, bountiful parks, beautiful architecture and more than 200 fountains stand ready to welcome you with open arms – and an open mind. From world-class arts and entertainment to world-famous barbecue, here’s a sampling of standouts that keep this Heartland metropolis thriving.

Kansas City Traditions

It’s impossible to imagine Kansas City without these three lifelong residents – jazz, barbecue and fountains. And for good reason. They’re a testament to the city's culture, history and heart.

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Unique Sights

Country Club Plaza

Kansas City’s international flair doesn’t stop at its beautiful fountains, as proven by this famed Spanish-inspired shopping district. Modeled after sister city Seville, Spain, this upscale 14-square-block entertainment district is filled with romantic Moorish architecture, outdoor artwork and intricate fountains.

Crown Center

Part international headquarters for Hallmark Cards, part entertainment complex, Crown Center is just one more example of KC’s exemplary creative spirit coming alive. A must for families, you’ll find fun and inspiration throughout the entire structure. There are hands-on art sessions at Kaleidoscope, three in-house theatres and an outdoor plaza which hosts numerous festivals and events in addition to the popular winter ice terrace.

The Crossroads Arts District 

A haven for hipsters. An avenue for artists. And the perfect place to people-watch. Old warehouses now house locally owned boutiques, restaurants and a thriving arts scene. During First Fridays, you’ll find thousands flocking to the district to tour the 60 galleries and shops open until 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.

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