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Kansas City: More Than a Cow Town!

Kansas City is proud of its rich history as the cultural, business, and transportation hub of America's heartland. The development of the stockyards in the 1870's helped catapult Kansas City into a world class community. But today, Kansas City has much more going on! This list of things to do is not exhaustive... just some of the Kansas City highlights recommended by AAVSB staff. And we've listed how far away each destination is from our hotel, the Hilton President. For starters, the AAVSB Headquarters is only 0.9 miles away in the beautiful Crossroads Arts District.

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Entertainment and Sports

  •   Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts - 0.6 miles
  •   Sprint Center - 0.5 miles
  •   College Basketball Experience and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame - 0.5 miles
  •   Starlight Theatre - 8.4 miles
  •   Kansas City Royals - (playing Texas Rangers Sept 20-21) - 8.2 miles
  •   Kansas City Chiefs - 8.2 miles
  •   Kansas Speedway (NASCAR) - 16.2 miles
  •   Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 16.2 miles
  •   Crown Center featuring Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland - 1.6 miles
  •   Crossroads Arts District - 0.9 miles
  •   Historic 18th and Vine Jazz District - 1.6 miles
  •   The American Royal (Arabian Horse Show Sept 19-21) - 2.0 miles
  •   Kansas City Zoo - 8.7 miles
  • Museums and Historical

  •   Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - 4.0 miles
  •   Union Station featuring Science City - 1.0 miles
  •   National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial - 1.0 miles
  •   American Jazz Museum including Negro Leagues Baseball Museum - 1.6 miles (Networking event)
  •   Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art - 4.0 miles
  •   Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum - 10.0 miles
  •   Steamboat Arabia Museum - 1.0 miles
  •   Kansas City Museum - 3.9 miles
  • Shopping and Dining

  •   Power and Light District - Hotel is located here
  •   River Market - 1.1 miles
  •   Westport - 3.3 miles
  •   Boulevard Brewery Tours - 1.5 miles
  •   The Roasterie Air-Roasted Coffee Plant Tours - 1.9 miles
  •   Country Club Plaza (Plaza Art Fair Sept 20-22) - 4.5 miles
  •   The Legends at Village West - 16.8 miles
  • AAVSB Staff Recommendations for authentic KC Barbecue

  •   Oklahoma Joe's - nearest location: 5.3 miles
  •   Jack Stack - nearest location: 1.0 miles
  •   Arthur Bryant's - nearest location: 1.9 miles
  •   Gates - nearest location: 2.0 miles

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