Kansas City bills itself as the "Heart of America." Within 250 mi of both the geographic and population centers of the nation, the city is famous for its stockyards, saxophone player Charlie "Bird" Parker and his Kansas City-style bebop, and some of the best barbecue in the world. The city has more boulevards than Paris and more working fountains (212 and counting) than any city but Rome. An unwritten rule dictates that a fountain be added to nearly every new commercial structure built, giving Kansas City its second nickname: "The City of Fountains."
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Things You Can't Miss
Enjoy the rich history of two national pastimes at the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum; they share space in one complex.
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The mix of architecture is as impressive as the museum’s contents: an eclectic mix of styles and eras in photographic, contemporary and African art.
You have to eat ribs at Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue, an institution since 1930. Sample a variety of sauces and rubs, then bring some favorites home.
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