Destination: Greater Kansas City Area

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About Greater Kansas City Area

Smart Stats:

Number of Meetings Hotels: 197
Total Hotel Rooms: 33,000
Number of Special Events Venues: 241
Local Convention Centers: Kansas City Convention Center
Local Airports: Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
Local CVB: Visit KC;  Manhattan CVB Geary County CVB Lawrence CVB Hayes CVB Kansas City KS/Wyandotte City CVB Olathe CVB Overland Park CVB


Smart Snapshot:

Located on the banks of the Missouri River is Kansas City, approximately 250 miles west of St. Louis. Just as St. Louis is known for being the furthest easterners will go west, Kansas City is known as the eastern-most western city. It’s also the largest city in Missouri, as well as the third largest in Kansas. (To clear up any confusion, the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area expands across the Missouri-Kansas state line; however, the city’s downtown is in Missouri.)

Kansas City has a bevy of different districts and cultural offerings, such as the unique Country Club Plaza area. Known for its Spanish architecture and famous holiday-lighting ceremony, this 15-block district features some of Kansas City’s best shopping and dining options. Kansas City’s rich culture inspires several must-see destinations. The College Basketball Experience at the Sprint Center, for example, has interactive exhibits to entertain sports fans for hours, or the Power & Light District that features more than 50 restaurants and shops, as well as a central outdoor patio—perfect for events in the summer. For art lovers, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is a sure hit with extensive permanent and traveling exhibits.

Among historic spots are the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, filled with memories from Kansas City’s Roaring ’20s days. Both are located in the 18th and Vine District and are available for events. Another nod to history is the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. Designated as the official World War I Museum of the U.S., it is a standout when it comes to factual artifacts and memorabilia.

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