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Kansas City -- bookstores, cool neighborhoods, etc?

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Kansas City -- bookstores, cool neighborhoods, etc?

I decided to take advantage of the $10 fares on SkyBus and check out a city I've never been to before, so I'm headed to Kansas City for a couple days at the end of next month.

I've been doing some research online about what to see and do, but thought I'd ask here as well to see what folks recommend. I'm generally not real into tourist attractions per se. I don't do museums well -- tend to rush through. I will go to an art museum, though, and it sounds like there are a couple good ones in KC.

Mostly when I travel I like to find some kind of interesting/funky neighborhoods (e.g. Short North here in Columbus, The Loop in St. Louis, Highlands in Louisville, etc) with a lot of stores, restaurants, etc and just look around. Looks from my research that Crossroads fits the bill in KC? Any other neighborhoods to take a look around?

I'm also always looking for used bookstores. I know there are several Half Price Books locations around KC, and I intend to hit those, but any local ones I should check out?

Any other local must-sees?

I'm renting a car, so getting around isn't a problem. I haven't decided yet where I'm staying. Thinking about one of the casinos...I'm not a big gambler, but I thought it might be fun for a getaway. I'm also planning to spend Friday night in Lawrence, KS, since that looks like an interesting town.

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1. Re: Kansas City -- bookstores, cool neighborhoods, etc?

as far as neighborhoods-check out the plaza. west port and brookside

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2. Re: Kansas City -- bookstores, cool neighborhoods, etc?

Crossroads is good, so is Westport. Don't know the bookstores in Xroads, if there are some. Try these ...

Prospero's Bookstore - west of Westport on 39th St. (good eateries nearby)

Bloomsday Books - 55th and Brookside Boulevard

maybe Rainy Day Books, on 53rd St., west of the Plaza into Kansas, but you're probably not going this far south.

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3. Re: Kansas City -- bookstores, cool neighborhoods, etc?

I'd suggest Prospero's Bookstore as well. They have a website, it'll give ya an idea of what they are all about.

Site would be prosperosbookstore.com

That area is quite fun, and a funky place. Good food down the road and across the street....pretty much any type of food a person could want. Cool, eclectic stores, great atmosphere there on 39th Street.

In Lawrence, check out Mass Street's taverns and stores.

Enjoy your time here!

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