Kansas City Travel Guide

Kansas City is a city covering parts of Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties in Missouri. Although it is the largest city in Jackson County, the suburb of Independence is the county seat. Situated at the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers, it lies along the boundary between Missouri and Kansas, and is directly opposite Kansas City, Kansas. Often abbreviated KCMO, Kansas City is the center of the Kansas City metropolitan area, the second largest metropolitan area in Missouri. The city has a population of 441,545, making it the largest city in Missouri. Combined with Kansas City, Kansas, the population is 588,411, but the entire urban area (in both states) is approximately 2 million.

Kansas City is well-known for its spacious parkways and many parks. The parkway system winds its way through the city with broad, landscaped medians that include statuary and fountains. One of the best examples is Ward Parkway on the west side of the city, near the Kansas state line. Swope Park is one of the nation's larger in-city parks, comprising over one thousand acres (4 km²). It includes a full-fledged zoo, two golf courses, a lake, an amphitheater, day-camp area, and numerous picnic grounds. Kansas City has always had one of the nation's best urban forestry programs. At one time, almost all residential streets were planted with a solid canopy of American elms but Dutch elm disease devastated them. Most of the elms died and were replaced with a variety of other shade trees.

Kansas City ranks second in the world in number of fountains (160), exceeded only by Rome. The city has many attractions: American Jazz Museum, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 18th and Vine Historic District, River Market District, Crown Center, headquarters of Hallmark Cards and major downtown shopping and entertainment complex, connected to Union Station by a series of covered walkways, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City's Union Station, now home to Science City, restaurants, shopping, theaters, and the city's Amtrak facility, Liberty Memorial - only major World War I memorial in the United States, tower and observation deck restored and re-opened in 2002, currently an even larger museum is being constructed underneath the monument-, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, City Market, Airline History Museum, Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City, Westport, oldest part of the city and a vibrant entertainment district, Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, Kansas City Zoo, in Swope Park, Charlie Parker Memorial, at 17th Terrace and the Paseo, Arabia Steamboat Museum, in the historic River Market, Laughogram Studios, Walt Disney's original cartoon studio in Kansas City, now being renovated, Kansas City Museum, located in an beautifully renovated 1910 mansion,
Kansas City Renaissance Festival, annual festival that runs through the fall that features live entertainers, a medieval village, rides, games, sword fights, and more, Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library, located in Kansas City suburb of Independence, MO.

Kansas City Sports team presently include the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL's American Conference Western Division; The Kansas City Royals, of MLB's American League Central; The MLS's KC Wizards; the MISL's KC Comets; and the ABA's KC Knights.

The Kansas City Star is the area's primary newspaper. William Rockhill Nelson first published the morning paper on September 1, 1880. The Star competed heavily with the evening Times before acquiring and discontinuing it in March 1990.

There are much people associated with Kansas City for various reasons, including birth: Robert Altman, Ed Asner, Count Basie, Wallace Beery, Burt Bacharach, George Brett, Don Cheadle, Evan S. Connell, Chris Cooper, Walter Cronkite, Walt Disney, Melissa Ethridge, Friz Freleng, Eddie Griffin, Joyce Hall, Jean Harlow, Robert A. Heinlein, Ernest Hemingway, Priest Holmes, Lamar Hunt, Ub Iwerks, Pete Johnson, Ewing Kauffman, Suzanne Lieurance, Rush Limbaugh, General Richard B. Myers, John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil, Jesse Clyde Nichols, Charlie Parker, Casey Stengel, Derrick Thomas, Peter "Pookie" Thornhill, Calvin Trillin, Harry S. Truman, Big Joe Turner, Smokey Joe Wood.

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