Trip Ideas: KC - A Taste of Culture in the City
Immerse your soul in the sights and sounds of Kansas City. With a vibrant jazz history and music scene, mesmerizing art museums, the ambiance of Crown Center and the Country Club Plaza districts, you’re sure to leave refreshed and renewed. Taste the best barbeque and enjoy the sights and sounds of this quintessential Midwestern city.
Morning
At the Silver Spoon Café, offerings include fresh made-to-order breakfast and lunch available for dine-in and carry-out; 50 years of combined culinary experience ensure quality deli classics and unique daily specials from their own chef's recipe book.
120 W 12th St., Kansas City MO 64105, 816-221-9998
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Located in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form, celebrating the artists and influences that make jazz history in the Midwest a rich cultural experience. Activities include interactive exhibits; films; the Changing Gallery; the Blue Room Jazz Club; and the Gem Theater, a 500-seat performing arts center.
1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City MO 64108, 816-474-8463
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art boasts a rapidly growing permanent collection of modern and contemporary works by artists from around the world, making it one of the most up-and-coming art museums in the country. The facility includes Cafe Sebastienne, an upscale cafe serving lunch Tue.-Sun., and dinner Fri.-Sat.
4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City MO 64111, 816-753-5784
Hours: Tue.-Thur., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Evening
This entire 15-block district, with more than 150 upscale shops and dozens of fine restaurants, is one of Kansas City's major shopping, dining and entertainment destination. The Plaza has a year-round calendar of music and other special events.
4750 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City MO 64112, 816-753-0100
Hours: Hours vary by business.
If you're looking for an eclectic gathering place, head to the Crossroads to find unique shops, restaurants and a thriving art scene. You'll find everything from late-night diners to high-end sushi, boutique shops full of unique items, be it flowers, shoes, furniture or fashion. Home to more than 400 artists and 100 independent studios.
1900 Main St., Kansas City MO 64102, 816-994-9325
Hours: Hours vary by business.
Catch a show at the Midland, which opened in 1927 and has hosted well-known artists throughout its history. The theater is known for its more than 500,000 feet of gold leaf; five giant Czechoslovakian hand-cut crystal chandeliers; irreplaceable art objects; precious antiques; and spectacular wood and plaster work.
1228 Main St., Kansas City MO 64105, 816-283-9921
Hours: Box office: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Afternoon

A Kansas City barbecue tradition since 1946. Gates Bar-B-Q will satisfy your craving for a truly unique and satisfying barbecue experience.

A major reason for the success of Gates Bar-B-Q is their barbecue sauce: sauces and seasonings are sold in the restaurant, and in many grocery stores.

Award-winning barbecue, served cafeteria style.

3205 Main St., Kansas City MO 64111, 816-753-0828
Hours: Mon.-Thu. and Sun., 10 a.m.-midnight; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
Arthur Bryant is one of the most renowned barbeque restaurants in the world; their sauce is considered one of the best in the world. Arthur Bryant's method of slowly smoking ribs, beef, ham, pork, chicken and sausage over a combination of hickory and oak woods creates a mellow flavor, which is highlighted by a splashed of Original or Rich & Spicy sauce. Take-out is available by the plate, the pound, and party packs. Sauces and rubs are sold on-site and online. A second Missouri location is situated inside the Ameristar Casino Kansas City. Check the website for that location's hours.
1727 Brooklyn Ave., Kansas City MO 64127, 816-231-1123
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Three-story, indoor shopping complex with more than 60 shops and restaurants, two hotels, three live theaters, a cinema, fountains, exhibits and winter ice skating. The world headquarters of Hallmark Cards.
2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City MO 64108, 816-274-8444
Hours: Mon.-Wed., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thur.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Union Station is the second-largest railroad station in the United States. This renovated historic building features family friendly entertainment including traveling exhibitions, the largest movie screen in Kansas City featuring 3-D movies, the region's largest 360-degree Planetarium, live stage shows on the City Stage, the KC Rail Experience, the Model Railroad Experience and Science City.
30 West Pershing, Kansas City MO 64108, 816-460-2020
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sun., noon- 5 p.m.