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Kansas City is on Frommer's Top 10 destinations in 2012. There is something for everyone in kansas city.
The latest addition is the world-class Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. If you are deciding on when to visit Kansas City, I would suggest you take a look at the Performing Arts website and see if any of the shows interest you and visit then. This center is truly world class and a fantastic experience. The food is expensive so eat before and go inside. It is close to the Crossroads Arts district which truly comes alive on the first friday of every month. So, you could browse the galleries, grab a bite at any one of the local restaurants and walk to the Performing Arts Center.
The next museum for art lovers is the Nelson Atkins Museum. It is listed as one of the world most beautiful museums by BBC. http://www.bbc.com/travel/slideshow/2... . The Rozelle Court Restaurant inside the museum is fantastic. It's self-serv for brunch/lunch but evening is sit down with live music. It's in an atrium so the ambiance is superb.
For history buffs, the World War 1 Museum is fantastic as well as the Harry Truman Presidential Library & Museum. The Truman Library is a bit out of the way but if you leave Kansas city without seeing this, then your trip is wasted. It is one of the few presidential museums in the country. So many things took place in Truman's presidency (dropping of the atomic bomb, creation of UN etc.) that this museum is a must see. You will like it even if you arent interested in history.
For the shoppers, the Country Club Plaza is great. The shops are not exactly local but all the standard brands are available such as J Crew, Banana Republic, North Face, Pottery Barn etc. There are also a ton of restaurants and bars. It's great in spring-fall as the local musicians are out there playing. (see also outlet shopping at the Legends). A fancy restaurant in the Plaza is Starkers. Try it out.
For those that want the club scene, head on over to the Power & Light District. For those not "into" the club scene, you could also go to Westport for a drink. It's a 20 minute walk from the Plaza. McCoy's is one of the local favorites. Westport also has good restaurants. You can also catch an off-beat movie at Tivoli.
The other cool thing to do is the Boulevard Brewery Tour. However, you have to reserve almost 3-4 months in advance to get a spot. You do get some free beers to sample. The Harley Davidson tour also gets great reviews. Roasterie the local coffee place also has some tours.
For those that are interested in Sports, you can catch March madness at the Sprint Center. The livestrong stadium where there are a ton of soccer games is also great as well as the KC Speedway that has Nascar. The Legends area (where the Livestrong stadium and Speedway are) is also great for shopping. There are many outlets such as Off Saks 5th Aveneue, JCrew, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Gap, Brooks Brothers etc.
If you like music, you must try to catch a show at the Sprint Center and there's ofcourse the 18th & Vine district for great Jazz.
There are also great local restaurants such as Farmhouse (downtown), Cafe Sebatian (inside Kemper Museum, near Plaza), Rozelle Court (inside Nelson Atkins Museum), Room 39 (39th street), Justus Drugstore, Blue Stem (westport), Blue Grotto (brookside) to name a few.
Enjoy your visit to KC!