Let Kansas City show you what it’s made of
A city with this much history has to be in two states.
You might be wondering why we’re Missouri-bound if we’re off to a place called Kansas City. That’s because KC straddles state lines sitting in both Kansas and Missouri, and is right in the heart of America.
1Umm Umm Good
You can’t do KC without BBQ.For 50 years Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbeque has brought top-notch meats cooked over hickory wood to Kansas City. When you’re looking for a great meal but want something a little different, try the Lamb Ribs, trout or vegetable kebob. No meal here would be complete without Cheesy Corn Bake or Mom’s Carrot Cake to finish you off.
If you’re looking for competition-winning plates, head over to Q39 and order the Judge’s Plate for an assortment of meat. Add a side of apple coleslaw, beans or burnt ends to the mix and you’ll want to include either a nap or long walk when you’re done here.Location: 1000 W. 39th St. Kansas City, MO 64111
If you want to channel your inner presidential candidate, head over to Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque. For years, dignitaries, candidates and presidents have stopped here for a bite to eat. If you want some proof, you’ll just have to stop in to see the wall of fame for yourself. What makes this place so great? The restaurant’s namesake took over the place from his brother in 1946 who learned about barbequing from the Godfather of KC Barbeque Henry Perry.Location: 1727 Brooklyn Ave, Kansas City, MO 64127
To have really good bbq, you need a really good sauce and Gates Bar-B-Q discovered this early on. The Gates family opened their doors in 1946 and have been serving fans ever since. They still serve their classic sauce but have now added a mild, sweet and mild, and extra hot sauce to the mix so there’s something for everyone.
2All that jazz
When you think of jazz, it’s easy to think of New Orleans but jazz has strong roots in Kansas City, too.
Head over to historic 18th and Vine to see the American Jazz Museum to learn more about how Kansas City shaped the genre and for some world-class performances. The Blue Room inside the museum is one of the city’s favorite jazz clubs and is open four nights a week.
Address: 1616 E 18 St, Kansas City, MO 64108
Another top choice – The Green Lady Lounge. With no cover charge, open seating and sweet jazz music playing nightly, there’s really no reason to miss out on this place. Once you step inside, you’ll realize there are no TVs in sight taking you back to a time when jazz first began where you focused on the good music and good conversation around you rather than what’s playing on a screen.
Address: 1809 Grand BLVD Kansas City, MO 64108
If you’re one for a good ghost story, you’re going to want to make a quick stop at these places.
With so much history and direct connections to the Civil War thanks to the Battle of Westport taking place within city limits, Kansas City is one of the most haunted cities in the U.S.
The Hotel Savoy in downtown was built in 1888 on the corner of 9th Street and Central. Thanks to its luxury dining, marble walls, rooftop gardens and ballrooms, the hotel grew in popularity even getting visits from Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and John D. Rockefeller. While you can’t get an official ghost tour from the staff here, rumor has it that a woman named Betsy Ward passed away in room 505 from a heart attack. Guests may find the faucets turning on and off, music playing and doors opening on their own in the room. It’s also said that Fred Lightener haunts the fourth floor of the hotel which was once his apartment. Every so often guests or hotel staff will hear laughter, talking, doors opening and closing on their own, or see shadows of a man dressed in 1930s clothing that could not be explained.
Address: 219 W 9th St, Kansas City, MO 64105