A Second KC Getaway — and Still Not Enough Time

October 2, 2006 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

I wasn’t kidding about Kansas City being a great getaway city. Did a whirlwind one-day trip this time and still missed many of the major features of the city I had wanted to cover. Again, I underestimated how much is really there to see and do.

Came in early on the first Midwest Airlines flight. The airport is located northwest of downtown and is served by Hwy. 435, an outer ring of highway around the city. Rented a Dodge Stratus from Thrifty for a grand total of $27 and some change for the day.

First Stop — River Market.
Except for the Arabia Steamboat Museum, this area is primarily geared toward locals, offering fresh fruit and vegetable stands, a farmer’s market and a few other stores.

Second Stop — The Legends in Village West.
It’s across the river in Kansas, next to the Kansas Speedway. A nice outdoor shopping mall with tons of restaurants and some hotels — geared toward the Speedway crowds. But many are the same stores as back home like Penney’s, Target, Aeropostale, Gap Outlet, etc. Also has a great new Cabela’s.

Third Stop — 18th and Vine.
It was still early in the day and not much was open yet. But this is the Historic Jazz District with numerous jazz clubs, including the Blue Room. Also home to the American Jazz Museum and for baseball fans, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Remember the song about Kansas city that says “going to 12th Street and Vine?” This is the area.

NEXT:  Downtown, the Crown Center and Hallmark Visitors’ Center

TIPS:
1) Rental Car.
Greater Kansas City is very easy to navigate. I’d highly recommend a rental car if you want to cover a lot of ground. If you’re going to concentrate on one or two areas, you might use a taxi or shuttle. The KCI Shuttle is located at the airport by baggage claim in the airport.
2) Free Parking. Never paid for a parking lot or meter. It was great. The Crown Center parking garage gives out tickets that need validation in the mall, but I didn’t have to make a purchase to get the validation.
3) MAX Bus. The city operates an express bus that covers the main tourist areas.

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Entry filed under: Kansas City.

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