Sometimes dismissed with the oft-used moniker “Cowtown,” Kansas City has discreetly wiped the barbecue sauce from its chin, and, in an act of quiet defiance, unveiled the fruits of a multibillion-dollar makeover that has elevated the historic stronghold to a place of metropolitan prominence within the Midwest.
To celebrate Kansas City’s accomplishments is to pay homage to the singular motto of the city: unity. Kansas City stretches across 18 counties and straddles the state line, creating two adjoining metropolitan areas in two states: Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas.
The city continues to define itself both in terms of its storied history and in the glimmers of hope for what lies ahead. It’s a destination for those who seek the friendliness and familiarity common to the Midwest while discovering the traditions and trademarks that are the city’s signatures.
Explore the streets of downtown to absorb the city’s rich history. Stroll past iconic displays of art deco and the city’s many fountains . Sample the city’s unofficial signature cuisine at any number of its delicious barbecue joints, or come during October for the infamous American Royal  barbecue festival. The city’s flourishing arts community has inspired an impressive number of new galleries and museums and many live-music venues provide access to local musicians and national touring acts.
This “Paris of the Plains” will leave you with memories of a city that truly embraces the definition of a good time. And each time you return, you’ll be welcomed with open arms . . . and a plate of barbecue, of course.