CNN lists Kansas City as a top underrated travel destination

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CNN’s travel division has listed Kansas City as one of the nation’s top underrated travel destinations. The city made the list of 22 lesser-known vacation spots alongside Tacoma, Washington, and San Luis Obispo, California.

“Missouri’s second largest city is all about sound and flavor,” writes CNN travel reporter Joe Yogurst. “A cradle of American jazz, KC boasts more than 40 venues where you can listen to live jazz, blues and other tunes and probably as many joints offering savory, slow-smoked Kansas City barbecue.”

He’s not wrong — check out our recent list of Kansas Citians’ favorite barbecue spots here. Readers sent us 34 suggestions, but there are around 100 to check out around the metro.

The write-up also suggests catching a Royals game, checking out the “world-class” Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and visiting historical sites like the National WWI Museum and the Arabia Steamboat Museum in the River Market.

While the CNN piece makes note of many popular tourist destinations, The Star is diving deeper into what makes our Kansas City neighborhoods so special. Do you have a favorite spot or hidden gem in your area that deserves some love? Sound off in the form below.

Do you have more questions about the best spots to check out in Kansas City? Ask the Service Journalism team at [email protected].

This story was originally published September 6, 2022 11:52 AM.

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Natalie Wallington is a reporter on the Star’s service desk covering government programs, community resources, COVID-19 data and environmental action among other topics. Her journalism work has previously appeared in the Washington Post, Audubon Magazine, Popular Science, VICE News, and elsewhere.

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