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#1 brazzman

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 09:39 AM

What are some of the sights to see and places to stay for a 60ish single guy in mid-November? I know about the Harley Davidson Factory tour which I plan to take. Anybody been there? Also interested in the blues and jazz and local history of Kansas City. Are there economical hotels near union station? Thanks.



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 02:14 PM

What are some of the sights to see and places to stay for a 60ish single guy in mid-November? I know about the Harley Davidson Factory tour which I plan to take. Anybody been there? Also interested in the blues and jazz and local history of Kansas City. Are there economical hotels near union station? Thanks.

I suggest you use a Travel Site like Kayak or Orbitz, Booking.com etc. to check out Hotels, I prefer to use them over "Blind" Sites like Priceline/Hotwire etc. cause you get to see Pics/Locations/Reviews etc.  of the Actual Hotels. Union Station itself has a really Nice Train Museum.

 

Over in the Historic Black Entertainment Center around 14th and Vine is the Jazz Hall of Fame and the Black Baseball League Museum (ie Hall of Fame). They are located in the Same Building for One admission Price1 There are also Blues and Jazz Clubs in the Area and the Original Location of Arthur Bryants Bar-B-Q is also up the Street! Highly  Recommended, hop a Cab,, Busses do go there or you can even walk through the "Arts" Diustrict in Daylight, not Recomended at Night!!


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 02:47 PM

Over in the Historic Black Entertainment Center around 14th and Vine is the Jazz Hall of Fame and the Black Baseball League Museum (i.e. Hall of Fame).


They actually make the point clear in the museum that they should not be considered a hall of fame -- since the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is just as much a hall of fame for Negro Leagues players as it is for players in the American and National Leagues.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 01:11 PM

Chipping in my 2-cents for a city that is one of my favorites in the mid-west: 

 

I think the initial question has been addressed, therefore I will simply concentrate on the city itself with some of the things I have enjoyed.

 

My travels take me to western Missouri somewhere between 8 and 12 times per year by train - the Missouri River Runner from Kirkwood, MO.

 

Kansas City downtown is pretty much a change in progress with the old and new side-by-side, all competing for the tourist dollar. There are more than enough places to spend your cash - including some gambling on the riverfront. 

 

From downtown along Main Street, you will easily find a vey nicely done complex for shopping and entertainment called Crown Center; built by and named for Hallmark greeting cards. The mall is a multi-level affair with easy access to all floors with scores of shops, eateries and entertainment venues to capture one's interest. Within Crown Center is a walkway to the Hallmark museum - which for many is a highlight. Definitely something to appreciate. Crown Center also boasts an outdoor ice skating rink which in fall/winter reminds me a bit of Rockefeller Center in NYCity. A stretch, but there is a connection of sorts.

 

Though an elevated walkway one can access the renovated Union Station which today handles daily Southwest Chief and twice-daily Missouri River Runner trains. Depending on what is on tap in the "yard," one might luck out with perhaps a full consist of Kansas City Southern's Southern Belle. A treat by any other name. Lots to take in within Union Station. Also, if you read my latest trip report on the SW Chief, you may want to check out the impressive bronze plaques and sidewalk bricks in the front of the complex.

 

Within the immediate area is the World War I museum complex; a most impressive monument and place to reflect on what transpired back then to permit so much to continue on.

 

From the Crown Center area, proceeding south you will come to Country Club Plaza. For my wife and I, this has always been a special place to visit during the Christmas season as all of the buildings of the multi-block outdoor shopping and entertainment district are outlined in lights. Very well done and worth the while to see.

 

Getting to and from without a car should not be an issue if one wishes to do the North-South visits. There are trams and buses running regularly with seasonal rubber wheeled trolleys available too.

 

Eating in KCity for us has always included a trip to the Golden Ox restaurant - prime rib is the specialty. It is located directly in front of what was the stockyards and is across the parking lot from Kemper Arena. Private transportation to this place is recommended. The food and ambiance of the restaurant will please even the more critical amongst us. For the rib and BBQ crowd - you will find plenty of offerings throughout the area.

 

Kansas City - oh yeah, some crazy little women there and I . . . . dream on, eh?


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