The Missouri River has claimed many lives over the years and the ship Arabia was one of her more famous victims, if only for the fact that the sole casualty of the tragedy was a mule. Exhibits at this museum include items recovered from the boat 132 years after she sank, such as crockery, tobacco pipes, and lamps.
Plenty of live music events, karaoke nights, pub quizzes, cheap food, and great company. That's what you will find at The Brick, one of the Crossroads Arts District's best venues for a night out in Kansas City.
The Q Hotel & Spa
This eco-friendly hotel provides loads of freebies which include Wi-Fi, breakfast, evening drinks, and a shuttle service to some of Kansas City's top tourist spots. The Q Hotel also offers loads of package deals for couples, theatre-goers, a girl's getaway, and more.
Eden Alley Vegetarian Cafe
It's not difficult to find cheap and delicious barbecue restaurants in Kansas City, but the same is not quite true for vegetarian ones. Eden Alley is one of the few exceptions which serves delicious vegetarian fare designed for those on a tight budget.
Boulevard Brewing Company
Sample nine locally brewed ales at one of Missouri's largest breweries. Producing 600,000 barrels a year, this brewery is set in Kansas City's historic Southwest Boulevard area and provides an ideal setting to grab a cold one on a hot afternoon.
With its tree-lined boulevards exceeding those in Paris and fountains that are almost equal in number to those in Rome, Kansas City shakes off its dusty reputation quite easily and, once your flight touches down, you will find it hard to believe you're truly in the Great Plains. There are bars and pubs aplenty in the Power and Light District and barbecue joints are a dime a dozen throughout the city. Foodies can happily spend their time here sampling ribs from the cheapest and classiest of restaurants to find their personal favourite while music lovers can book Kansas flights for the city's jazz clubs that have seen the likes of Charlie Parker and Bennie Moten, and continue to host some of the country's best bebop jazz talents.
Despite what its name might suggest, Kansas City officially belongs to the states of Missouri and Kansas and has the state border running right through its centre. Visit two states in one day as you shop and dine at River Market, check out the Kansas City Zoo, and pay tribute at the American Jazz Museum. There are art galleries galore, a museum dedicated to African-American baseball players, and lots of family-friendly activities to keep you well entertained during your stay in Kansas City.
Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is located in the state of Missouri and is about 24 kilometres away from the city centre. The airport is served by several international and domestic airlines including Air Canada, AirTran, United, US Airways, Delta, and Frontier.
Air Canada has direct flights to Kansas City from Toronto, but most Canadian passengers flying to Kansas from other cities will have to do so with a stopover on the way.
The weather in Kansas City swings between extremes. The coldest winter months are January and February when temperatures sometimes drop to -18°C accompanied by a fair amount of snow. Summers can get hot and extremely humid, going to well above 30°C in July and August.
If the seasonal extremes don't suit you, it is best to book Kansas flights in the fall or spring, but keep in mind that you will encounter frequent showers between April and May.
Passengers with connecting flights from Kansas City International Airport (MCI) can use the free Red Bus shuttle service which transports passengers between the airport's three circular terminals as well as the premium parking lots located at each terminal. A free Blue Bus is also available to take passengers to the economy parking lots. Consult the airport's website for additional details on any of the ground transportation options listed below.
Public Transit: The Metro operates frequent bus services between the airport and city centre on Route 129. One-way fares are less than $2 USD with discounts available for seniors, students, and the disabled. Remember to carry exact change for tickets and if you plan on using the bus a lot during your stay, consider buying a visitor's pass which gets you unlimited travel over three days for just $10 USD.
Airport Shuttle: Several private companies operate shared-ride and exclusive shuttle services to the city centre as well as regional destinations in the states of Kansas and Missouri. Fares vary depending on the type of service and vehicle you choose, as well as which company you travel with. On average, a one-way trip to downtown Kansas City will cost you approximately $32 USD for a shared-ride service and about $60 USD for a private vehicle of up to six passengers.
Hotel Shuttle: When booking your accommodation in Kansas City, check to see if your hotel offers complimentary shuttle services from the airport. If so, this is the cheapest and most convenient way of travelling into the city.
Taxi: You can find courtesy phones for cab dispatchers inside each of the terminals as well as at the exit areas, and these can be used to call a taxi to pick you up from any the terminal buildings. Trips to downtown Kansas City can cost between $40-45 USD in addition to a flag drop fee of approximately $2.50 USD.
Car Rental: The airport's Rental Car Complex is located away from the main terminal buildings and there is a free shuttle service which transports passengers to this area. Over 10 companies are located at this complex including Avis, Fox, Thrifty, Alamo, and ACE.
Other: Kansas City has plenty of companies that provide limousine services from the airport and if you want to travel in style, book one of these before your flight to ensure you're met promptly at the airport.