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Kansas City is nothing like the Cow-town persona with which many equate it. From its sprawling suburbs to its big-city skyline, there is plenty for visitors to see and do while experiencing the hospitality and charm Kansas City has to offer.

The Northland
One of the first glimpses of Kansas City most visitors catch is of the booming Northland, so named because of its location. Kansas City International, the city's largest airport, is situated here, where rolling hills and farmland are just minutes away. Several hotels, including the Kansas City Airport Hilton (The) and Embassy Suites Hotel KCI Airport, are within walking distance of the airport and offer easy access to I-435. A booming economy has made the Northland a construction Mecca, with new housing additions and businesses added regularly. Visitors staying close to the airport don't have to venture far for fun; the area is packed with shopping centers, strip malls and restaurants, including Paradise Grill, Jazz, Chappell's Restaurant & Sports Museum, Rembrandt's, Smokehouse Barbecue North and Stroud's Restaurant. History abounds in surrounding small towns like St. Joseph, where the Pony Express began.

Downtown
The downtown Kansas City skyline, with Bartle Hall's futuristic, yet beckoning, rooftop, can be seen from most surrounding suburbs. Its tall buildings, casting nighttime reflections along the nearby Missouri River, draw travelers to this central location. The recent renovation of Union Station and the River Market, the addition of Science City and the on-going popularity of Crown Center have energized the area. Fine dining establishments, such as the American Restaurant, The, the Hereford House Restaurant and Lidia's Kansas City, offer exquisite, flavorful dishes for even the most finicky patron. A number of magnificent, historic hotels, including the Westin Crown Center Hotel and the Hotel Savoy, make downtown a magnet for business and leisure travelers. Sightseers wishing to step back in time can do so at the 18th and Vine District, the Jazz Museum, the Black Archives and the Toy & Miniature Museum.

Plaza/Westport
Charming and classy, yet avante garde, describe the popular Country Club Plaza (The) and Westport areas. These contemporary districts play host to those seeking entertainment at its finest. The Plaza draws thousands of visitors annually with its high-class shopping district and varied dining options, like Cafe Allegro, Californos, Fedora Cafe & Bar and Japengo. Luxurious hotels and historic bed and breakfasts are within walking distance, with many offering magnificent views of the action. During the holiday season, the Plaza is aglow with thousands of lights, bathing it in twinkling white for the sea of festive shoppers who flock there. Nearby Westport, a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, is best known for its contemporary clubs and restaurants. Both districts attract Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers, so no one should feel out of place. Since Westport and the Plaza are within walking distance of each other, visitors can enjoy both districts in one sweep.

Johnson County/Kansas City, Kansas
Like its Missouri neighbor, Kansas City, Kansas (known as KCK) is on the move. The International Speedway's new NASCAR racetrack is expected to draw thousands to the area within the next few years. The Woodlands Racetrack, as well as various shopping and dining establishments attract visitors from the Metro and surrounding areas, as well. Johnson County, KCK's southern neighbor, is also alive with the sights and sounds of growth, with new businesses and residential neighborhoods sprouting up everywhere. The area has a reputation for being a very classy place to live or visit. Public venues, like Town Center and Oak Mark shopping malls, are always bustling with action. Like downtown, Johnson County is a hub for business. The expansive Corporate Woods and other new office complexes add to the economic success of the area. There are plenty of accommodations, including the Doubletree Hotel Kansas City-Corporate Woods and the Overland Park Marriott, as well as a variety of charming smaller hotels. Eating establishments and entertainment options are easy to come by with dinner theaters, like the New Theatre Restaurant, and trendy hot spots, including Dick Clark's American Bandstand Grill, located here.

East Metro
Raiders and Broncos fans better beware when they venture into the East Metro because within this district lies Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs Football Team. If there is one attribute that riles Kansas Citians most, it is their beloved Chiefs. Most stadiums in the NFL pale in comparison to Arrowhead, where excitement and explosive fan support bring the stadium to life when the Chiefs are in town. For baseball fans there's Kauffman Stadium, home to the Kansas City Royals. For those wishing to forego sports, opting instead for a touch of history, Independence is worth a stop. This historic town is the birthplace of former President Harry S. Truman and is home to the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum and a host of other historic points of interest, including the Vale Mansion, Bingham-Waggoner Estate and the Mormon Visitors Center. This area offers great places to stay, including the Adam's Mark Kansas City , the Holiday Inn Sports Complex and the western-themed Benjamin Hotel & Suites. Stephenson's Old Apple Farm Restaurant and LC's Barbecue provide a taste of Kansas City dining for those who want a down-home dining experience.

South Kansas City
Like its Northland counterpart, the southern edge of Kansas City is experiencing growth in both the business and residential sectors. Bed and breakfasts, such as the Brookside House, and extended-stay motels, like the Windsong Corporate Apartments, make it easier for travelers to stay in the immediate area without having to commute from other areas of town. Locals and travelers alike enjoy dining at restaurants like the 75th Street Brewery, the Guadalajara Café and the locally renowned EBT Restaurant. For travelers searching for entertainment, Swope Park provides fun for all ages. The Kansas City Zoological Park, complete with the Sprint IMAX Theatre, makes an enjoyable day trip no matter what the season. For those who prefer more artistic entertainment, the open-air Starlight Theatre offers an array of theatrical productions during the warm weather months.

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