Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Kansas City? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Kansas City?”
Who would’ve thought that “Paris of the Plains,” “Cowtown,” “The Jazz Capital of the World” and the “BBQ Capital of the World” were the same place? But Kansas City’s seemingly disparate nicknames reflect its multifaceted nature. This is a city that openly defied Prohibition in favor of a thriving jazz scene, a place where you can chow down on some of the United States’ best burnt ends while admiring equally impressive street art. Sports, art, food and music are all significant threads in KC’s dynamic tapestry. Pull any of them and you’ll unravel an enriching adventure. We’ll help you get started with a few of the best things to do in Kansas City right now.