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You're Going to Love Kansas City

Elegant and beautiful but modest as well, Kansas City doesn't shout about its attractions, but it should, because Missouri's largest city is a superb vacation destination.

For those who aren't familiar with its charms, the city can be surprising. In Downtown Kansas City, you could be forgiven for imagining yourself in Manhattan or Paris, with such a wealth of stunning Art Deco structures like the Power and Light Building. At the same time, jazz bars like the Green Lady could be in New Orleans' French Quarter.

However, you'll soon settle in. With some of the best BBQ chefs around at restaurants like Hayward's, sporting events ranging from NASCAR to the NFL and the country's premier western show when the American Royal comes to town, Kansas City will draw you in and leave you wanting more.

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When to Visit Kansas City

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Kansas City doesn't really have a peak tourist season, so you won't be contending with huge crowds no matter when you visit. The climate can be more of an issue, with very high temperatures in high summer (July and August) and winters that can be unpleasantly cold. Try October or May, two months when the weather is comfortable. The start of October is probably the best time to visit, as the city hosts the American Royal, America's premier western culture festival.

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Where to Stay in Kansas City

If you want to stay in a beautiful luxury hotel, the Art Deco Hotel Phillips is Kansas City's finest accommodation option, but there are plenty of mid and high-end alternatives. Some of the most convenient and comfortable include the Courtyard Kansas City Country Club Plaza (where all rooms include small kitchenettes) and the Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City, which is handy for gambling and entertainment fans.

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The Cost of Living in Kansas City

Shopping Streets

Kansas City has a number of central malls that are great places to find branded goods. The best of these is probably Country Club Plaza in southern Kansas City, where you'll find major stores like American Apparel, Cole Haan and H&M. However, a better place to find unique souvenirs is the Crossroads Art District in the Downtown neighborhood, where you can shop at boutiques like Fortuity, buy fine wines from KC Wineworks and grab a coffee or check out works by local artists at Cafe Gratitude.

Groceries and Other

Kansas City Market is the best place to shop for fresh fruit and vegetables and gourmet meats, preserves and cheeses, but prices can be steep. If you need to shop for groceries on a budget, try supermarkets like Hy-Vee or Trader Joe's, or independent delis like Cosentino's. The cost of living is very low relative to cities like San Francisco or Chicago, with a pound of apples costing $1.80 and a fresh loaf of bread about $2.

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Where to Eat in Kansas City

The dining scene in Kansas City is dominated by one food: barbecue. Kansas City barbecue is a unique form of an American classic, being slow cooked and coated with a thick, rich sauce. Head to local institutions like Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue or Hayward's to see exactly how it should be done. But it's not really all about BBQ. The city also has a wide range of excellent Italian eateries, including Garozzo's and Cascone's, you can find wonderful Pho dishes at Vietnam Cafe and high-class steak dinners at 801 Chophouse, so everyone's taste should be catered for. Expect to pay $30 at a high-end restaurant and less than $20 at most mid-range places.

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