Experience KC like a tourist, without the travel

Major publications have listed KC as a top place to travel this year, so snap on that fanny pack and set out for a staycation — the itinerary is on us.


Th biggest little city you’ve ever seen.

Thanks to a few shoutouts from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, and Lonely Planet (ahem, no biggie) — Kansas City can expect a few more selfie stick-toting, fanny pack-wearing tourists crowding the line at KC Joe’s in the coming months.

But fear not, locals — you can still join in on the fun. It’s time to be a tourist in your own city, so pack up your bragging rights and hit the road... right outside your front door.

A local’s itinerary

You’ve eaten the barbecue. You’ve heard the jazz. Now what?

We know a few new things even life-time locals haven’t had the opportunity to explore yet:

Fall into the Rabbit hOle Museum. | Opening Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | The NYT has its eye on this March hare, a one-of-a-kind whimsical adventure through the history of American children’s literature.

Catch a match at the world’s first women’s sports stadium. | Opening March 2024 | Catch the (KC) current and witness history in motion just like Lonely Planet recommends.

Walk the waterfront highline at Rock Island Bridge. | Opening Summer 2024 | Travel + Leisure says you don’t want to miss experiencing this first-of-its-kind entertainment district.

Join in on the nation’s newest pastime at PickleCon. | Thursday, Aug. 8-Sunday, Aug. 11, 2024 | The Wall Street Journal wants you to visit KC so you can put those pickleballs to the wall at the nation’s first ever PickleCon.

Watch the city glow at Pennway Point and the KC Wheel. | Opening TBA | Every list cited these attractions as must-sees. The KC Wheel is already open, but the opening dates for the rest of Pennway Point, like the Lumi Neon Museum, are TBA.

Bonus: Wonder where robots say you should go for the perfect KC trip? Wonder no more.

Jokes aside, we’re happy that Kansas City is getting the recognition it deserves. Let us know what local flavor you’re excited to share with the world this year.

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