Despite the energizing allure of Kansas City’s nightlife, eventually you’ll want a place to rest your head. Fortunately, where you spend the night in Kansas City is often just as exciting as where you spend your day.
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DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY
- America's most centrally located major metropolitan area
- 400 daily flights with non-stop service to 43 destinations
- 55 million people within a day's drive
WELCOME TO ONE OF “AMERICA’S 10 BEST DOWNTOWNS” (FORBES). AMIDST THE SKYSCRAPERS AND FANTASTIC ART DECO BUILDINGS, YOU’LL FIND A VIBRANT, NEW ENERGY IN THE HEART OF THE CITY, THANKS TO A $6.5-BILLION RENAISSANCE IN THE CITY’S CORE OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS.
This nightlife district isn’t just about bar bites. Discerning diners enjoy Bristol—a KC institution where the seafood is flown in daily—while The Mixx attracts health-conscious professionals looking for fast-casual cuisine. City Market staples cover the globe, with flavors running the gamut from Indian and Vietnamese to French, Mexican and sweet treats. But that’s not to say we’ve forgotten our roots; remind your taste buds with a delicious steak at The Majestic.
THINGS TO DO
See the new KC for yourself inside the Power & Light District (or “P&L” as locals call it), an eight-block entertainment hub chock-full of more than 50 bars, restaurants and shops. KC Live!—the district’s covered outdoor courtyard—hosts more than 130 free events each year. Across the street is one of the country’s busiest arenas, the glittering Sprint Center. Theater is well represented here too, as shown by the many marquees lighting up the night. Take your movie-watching to the next level at Alamo Drafthouse, a modern cinema with a refreshing, ironclad no-talking/no-texting policy, plus cool features like quote-along shows and in-theatre pyrotechnics. Test your skills at The College Basketball Experience, a hands-on hoops haven, or uncover the “Titanic of the Missouri River” at the Arabia Steamboat Museum, a tribute to the 1856 shipwreck. End the night by taking in KC’s signature sound at downtown jazz venues such as The Phoenix.
- FREE to ride
- Wi-Fi enabled
- 16 stops -- with 13 shelters and digital kiosks
- Starts running at 6 a.m. Monday – Saturday; 7 a.m. on Sunday
- Runs until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night
- Bicycles, wheelchairs and strollers welcome with boarding and disembarking from middle car
- Service animals and dogs in small carriers welcome
Sit or stand while you ride through the heart of Kansas City’s downtown. The 2.2 mile route along Main Street connects the River Market to Union Station/Crown Center with 16 stops to get you to your destination.
Destinations/ KC Streetcar Stops:
- Union Station (Pershing & Main)
- Kauffman Center (16th & Main)
- Power & Light (14th & Main)
- Metro Center (12th & Main)
- Library (9th & Main)
- North Loop (7th & Main)
- City Market (5th & Walnut)
- River Market North (3rd & Grand)
- River Market West (4th & Delaware)
GETTING TO KC
Kansas City International Airport was built by the City of Kansas City, Missouri and opened in 1972. KCI’s three-terminal, “drive-to-gate” design brings departure gates just a few steps from the curb. Its lack of congestion, easy terminal access and low number of flight delays have long established it as one of the most convenient commercial airports in the world.
Kansas City Announced as Host City for 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships January 14-22, 2017
The U.S. Championships, held since 1914, is the nation’s most prestigious figure skating event, with past winners including Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi and Scott Hamilton. The city of Kansas City also hosted the U.S. Championships in 1985. Brian Boitano, the 1988 Olympic champion, won his first of four consecutive U.S. titles in Kansas City.
Kansas City and Independence are host venues for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, welcoming an anticipated 100,000 spectators over the 10-day period. Kansas City and Independence will provide all U.S. Figure Skating fans with a multitude of hospitality, dining and entertainment options. Fans can easily enjoy both venues as it's a short 11 minute drive from Independence to Downtown Kansas City.
The 2017 U.S. Championships will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on icenetwork.com.