Kansas City is actually two cities in one – KCMO is on the east side of the Missouri River, while KCK is on the west, just across State Line Road. Most of the “downtown” attractions are in Missouri, while the Kansas side has more suburban-type stuff. Plus a major-league soccer team called Sporting Kansas City, in case anyone is interested!
The Heart Of The United States!
Kansas City is the nation’s most centrally-located big city. It’s surrounded by farmland, which means plenty of fresh meat and produce, but the seafood is usually frozen.
Texas, the Carolinas and Memphis may each claim that their barbecue is best, but Kansas City knows better. The distinctive KC barbecue style involves a molasses- spiked sweet tomato sauce, and there’s no finer place to experience it than at BB’s Lawnside BBQ in South KC. Its famous customers have included Steven Spielberg, Jack Nicholson, and well known Food Network Chow Hound Guy Fieri.
The Royals used to be a good team, and yeah, disco used to be popular, too. They do actually have one World Series win, back in 1985, but things have been looking up lately. On the bright side, you can usually score cheap tickets.
The Chiefs are also recently a pretty decent team. Ok, they haven’t won the Super Bowl since 1970, but they make it into the playoffs every couple of years. During football season fans wear so much red and white they look like walking candy canes.
Boulevard is THE Kansas City beer of choice. Boulevard Pale Ale is the brewery’s flagship beer, Unfiltered Wheat is the regional best seller, and seasonal brews such as the Chocolate Ale released around Valentine’s Day are so popular they often sell out as soon as they hit the shelves of local liquor stores.
Kansas City is no Napa Valley, but it does have a wine trail that runs for seventy miles and has nine wineries. Amigoni Urban Winery, Kansas City’s ONLY urban winery, offers daily tastings of wines made from grapes grown at its vineyard less than hour away in Centerview, Missouri.
Christopher Elbow Chocolates is quite possibly the best Chocolate in the WORLD! You simply have to experience the world of chocolate that these guys create.
The Kansas Speedway is a 1.5 mile tri-oval race track in Kansas City, Kansas. The speedway was built in 2001 and currently hosts two annual NASCAR race weekends, and if that’s not enough of a thrill, the Richard Petty Driving Experience lets you get behind the wheel of a 600hp race car and cruise around the track at speeds of up to 155 miles per hour.