What are the top things to do in Kansas City?

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Kansas City was founded at the confluence of the historic Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails and other lesser-known ones that opened the U.S. to the west in the early 1800s. Now, almost 200 years later, the city is a bustling metropolis of 2 million residents with sweeping, tree-lined boulevards like those found in Paris and grand, sparkling fountains reminiscent of Rome. When you’re there, shop at the City Market and Country Club Plaza, and meander through galleries in the Crossroads Arts District. Here are our top things to do in Kansas City:

City market: Operating since the 1850s, the City Market is one of the oldest U.S. farmer’s markets. Besides fresh produce, vendors hawk an eclectic array of baked goods, cheeses, flowers, jewelry and more.
Arts district: Visit during the first Friday of each month and tour more than four dozen art galleries in the Crossroads Arts District, just south of downtown. Many of the galleries offer wine, beer and small appetizers. There are also interesting retailers, including Birdie’s, for unusual and beautiful lingerie, Christopher Elbow Chocolates and Hudson Home. Visit the website for information, including gallery openings, restaurants and other special events in the district.
Country Club Plaza: Spend the day strolling the Country Club Plaza, one of the most revered and loved outdoor shopping centers in the U.S., with more 150 shops and dozens of restaurants. Retailers range from large national chains such as Restoration Hardware and Tiffany & Co., to locally owned shops, including Tomboy and Tivol. A must-see is Hall’s, one of the country’s finest upscale specialty stores. Owned by Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards Inc., the department store sells goods from around the world at price points ranging from the affordable to sky-high. The plaza features tree-lined walks, statues, fountains and murals; re-creations of Spain’s Seville Light fountain and Giralda Tower; horse-drawn carriage rides; and free entertainment.

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