Bustling and bright, artsy and refined, Kansas City is the perfect place for those still young at heart to take a weekend trip away from home. Between renowned museums and culinary experiences unlike any other, you’ll find that KC is a destination with nearly endless options to enjoy, dine and explore.
Guide your experience with this itinerary for baby boomers in KC:
Morning, Day 1 – Streetcar Sights and Sounds
Hop on the KC Streetcar to explore Kansas City in sleek, simple style.
“Farm fresh” doesn’t get any fresher than at this River Market favorite. Start your KC adventure by savoring comfort food packed with local, organic and seasonal flavor.
The City Market
If you’re sightseeing on a Saturday, this farmers’ market is an absolute must. Tour the diverse stalls and stands in search of colorful spices and produce—or get a bouquet of flowers to commemorate the memory.
KC Streetcar Exploration
Kansas City’s premier mode of free public transportation whisks you from one destination to the next. The 2.2-mile route runs from River Market to Union Station, which means you have access to some of the best there is to see in Downtown KC.
Noon, Day 1 – Urban Adventures
Make your way from one stop to another in the heart of Kansas City's arts and culture scene.
Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue – Freight House
One of the most popular places in the city to get barbecue, this restaurant is located in a converted freight house situated only a stone’s throw from Union Station.
Kansas City’s art scene is more thriving than ever. Tour some of the more than 100 independently owned galleries in the Crossroads Arts District for compelling, thought-provoking works.
Amigoni Urban Winery
Head down to the Stockyards District of the West Bottoms, where you’ll find this celebrated winery housed in a 100-plus-year-old building with its own unique history. Take a tour and try a wine tasting, or just sit back, relax and partake in several varietals available to enjoy.
Night, Day 1 – Refined Nightlife
End your first day in KC with an evening featuring delicious food and exceptional performances.
Shop while you wait to be seated in this charming schoolhouse-turned-restaurant featuring farm-to-table fare. Each dining room has a different look and feel, which only enhances the small plate culinary experience.
Catch a Live Show
Depending on dinner and the timing of your show, a wide variety of live performance options are available all along the streetcar line. Or, if you’ve purchased tickets in advance, walk the few hundred feet up the street to the gorgeous Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Morning, Day 2 – Artsy Influence
Start your last day in KC with Spanish-inspired architecture and worlds of art.
Classic Cup Café
Bistro breakfasts never tasted so good. Dine outside if the weather calls for it and take in the Spanish-inspired views of the Country Club Plaza.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
KC’s most renowned art institution is worth the trip alone. The free museum showcases a collection of art ranging widely in style and age, featuring breathtaking masterpieces and works dating back 5,000 years.
Noon, Day 2 – Dining in Style
Culture abounds in KC regardless of where you are and what you're doing.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Head northwest from The Nelson and you’ll end up at another well-lauded establishment, this one offering a balanced collection of contemporary art, plus nearly a dozen special exhibitions each year.
Lunch never looked this beautiful—or tasted this delicious. Contemporary art meets modern cuisine at the Kemper Museum’s resident restaurant, a can’t-miss for those with the artistic eye.
Shopping on The Plaza
Head back to The Plaza to explore best assortment of luxury, local and specialty shops in Kansas City. Plan on exploring the streets for a grand view of some of the best fountains in the metro.
Night, Day 2 – The Grand Finale
Cap off your visit with a final evening of fun.
Commemorate the final evening of your trip with fresh, seasonally inspired fare and an excellent wine selection at this Country Club Plaza staple.
Chaz on the Plaza
Grab a nightcap at this classy, intimate bar located in the basement of The Raphael. Count on smooth jazz or acoustic tunes while you sip on your drink of choice.
The Blue Room
Up for one final round? Head to 18th & Vine, where you’ll find The Blue Room, a late-night jazz joint that regularly runs into the early morning. It’s a perfect way to be sent off, Kansas City-style.