On our Mid-West Road Trip, we decided to make a stop in Kansas City. Many people told me not to stop because it was nothing but a flyover city but Kansas City actually had a lot to offer us. Did you know Kansas City is known as the “City of Fountains” and is said to have more fountains than Rome? Unfortunately, Andrew and I didn’t take one photo of any of the 48 fountains!
Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B–Que
I found a story listing this place as the #1 barbecue joint in Kansas City. Apparently, it was named one of the 13 places you should eat before you die by Anthony Bourdain so of course, Andrew and I added it to our list! I was surprised to find the restaurant in a gas station but the line out the door made it very obviously that the food must be good! Andrew and I were so hungry… so we decided to each order a sandwich and split the pork ribs! The food was EXCELLENT!
Breakfast at the Doughnut Lounge
As many of you know, I love donuts. I couldn’t wait to try Doughnut Lounge while in Kansas City! It’s a bright space with casual seating and good donuts. Andrew and I sat down and enjoyed our delicious lattes and donuts together before we headed out to explore more of Kansas City.
The College Basketball Experience
If you're a sports fan, specifically a college basketball fan ( like Andrew), this is a must-do while in KC!
I found information about the College Basketball Experience and thought it might be worth checking in to. Once we got inside, Andrew went nuts, lol! There are several different stations set up where you can test your skills passing, hitting free throws, making last minute buzzer beaters, etc. We literally spent an hour or more doing that.
Then we went and tried the neat interactive areas where you can measure your wing span, vertical jump, compare your shoe size with Shaquille O'Neal's. There's also an open court area where you can just go out and shoot around. It also features a small museum too but I was disappointed that there was no mention of women’s basketball.
Kansas City Fun Trolley Tours
Since it was our first time in Kansas City and we only had the day to explore, we decided to take this trolley tour to get the most out of our time! Our tour guide/driver whose name I believe was Jennifer was lovely and knew so much history about the city.
We went by most of the important sites in Kansas City and made a brief stop at the grandiose WW1 museum and Liberty Memorial to stretch our legs a bit and take some pictures! The 75 minute tour was the best part of our Kansas City experience!
Burgers at Westport Flea Market
According to The Food Network’s “Meat and Potatoes,” the Flea Market Burger was voted “The Best Burger in Kansas City is at the Westport Flea Market,” You place your own order at the end of the bar so there should be no mix up in getting what you want. The cook is right nearby and quickly calls your name with your food ready. The burgers were really good too! It’s a fun dining experience just make sure to bring cash!
Union Station is one of Kansas City's most essential sights. Andrew and I loved the soaring faux marble interiors which stand testament to a time when rail travel outpaced all other forms of transport. This is one of America's great architectural wonders, and one with a storied history, witness to the beginnings of the Fred Harvey restaurant empire and the notorious 1933 gangland massacre whose investigation put the fledging FBI on the map.
Train traffic has been shunted to a modern platform, leaving the old lobby as a window to former glories. There is plenty to do here, with a variety of top-flight restaurants, a science center for the kids, and a regularly changing round of exhibitions. We spent over an hour exploring some of the exhibits!
“Kansas City I’m So In Love”
Address: 1919 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108
Also, check out the Kansas City Public Library to capture the perfect photo op! The library created a row of giant books outside their parking structure.
Have you ever been to Kansas City? Give me a shout in the comment section below on what you did!