Kansas City Flights:
Flights to Kansas City
Kansas City is an interesting city in that it’s split across the border of the states of Missouri and Kansas with the majority being on the Missouri side. The largest city in the state of Missouri, Kansas City is often missed on common tourist paths, though this should not be the case as it has a lot to offer.
Flights to Kansas City will arrive at the Kansas City International Airport (airport code: MCI), not the smaller Charles Wheeler Downtown Airport as this is used for local and recreational flights only. The International Airport is 24 kilometres (15 miles) to the north-west of the city centre, and has a public bus service to take travellers into the city. All flights to Kansas City from South Africa will require at least 2 connections. The routes vary significantly depending on the airline; a flight to Kansas City with British Airways for example travels through London and then Toronto, whereas United Airlines has Washington and then Chicago as its connecting cities.
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The Tourist Attractions in Kansas City:
Kansas City is a sizeable city with a good range of things to see and do and a good mix of historical and modern attractions too. Rather than being just a metropolitan sprawl the city has a great many lovely parks and open spaces, such as the largest, Swope Park, which at double the size of New York’s Central Park is one of the largest city parks in the United States. Some of the most popular attractions in Kansas City include the following:
Union Station itself is quite an attraction which originally opened as the second largest passenger train station in the country. This impressive building was designed in the Beaux-Arts style and opened in 1914 and is still the home of the city’s Amtrak rail services.
As well as admiring the building, Union Station Kansas City is home to several other attractions. There are restaurants, shops, theatres and a visitor centre here in addition to the KC Rail Experience attraction, the Science City, and the Irish Museum and Cultural Center. Science City is a fun family attraction that is great for kids with the more than 50 hands-on displays and travelling exhibitions. The centre also includes the Gottlieb Planetarium.
The Irish Museum and Cultural Center focuses on the growing Irish American population in Kansas City and along with a comprehensive range of cultural events and classes there are many interesting museum exhibits.
National World War 1 Museum and Liberty Memorial
Close to Union Station is one of Kansas City’s newest museums, the National World War 1 Museum which is within the Liberty Memorial. The memorial itself was built back in 1926 and is now a national Historic Landmark. The tall tower has a popular observation level that can be reached by elevator for great views of Kansas City.
Kansas City Chiefs
The most famous sports team for the city is the Kansas City Chiefs who play American Football in the NFL. If you’re visiting the city during the season and can get tickets for a game, watching the Chiefs play at Arrowhead Stadium is usually quite a spectacle, whether they win or lose!
When Should You Visit?:
The climate of Kansas City is humid continental giving visitors hot and humid summers and changeable winters. Kansas City is within Tornado Alley so there is always the threat of tornados, particularly in spring time, though this should not stop you visiting.