"Did you know? Kansas City claims to be the birthplace of the bacon craze; two local entrepreneurs invented a dish called “Bacon Explosion” back in 2008 and published the recipe on their blog, BBQ Addicts."
"As the survey’s No. 1 city for both barbecue and good value, Kansas City has a lock on affordable luxuries—a perfect setting for excellent beer. Boulevard Brewing Co. continues to be the reigning local brew, though beer tourists will also want to try new contenders like Torn Label, Cinder Block, or Big Rip."
"Kansas City has emerged in recent years as a creative hub to rival those in the northeast and on the West Coast. The city's Crossroads Art District has gained national recognition for both its growth and the quality of its offerings. Crossroads alone has more than 70 art galleries, to go along with larger institutions like the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art."
"A day of art mixes nicely with a picnic in this Missouri city, which ranked at No. 7 for museums and No. 1 for affordability. There’s Penn Valley Park, which lies next to the free-admission National WWI Museum, or the Hall Sculpture Park at the also-free Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where you can feast in the shadows of the iconic, 18-foot Shuttlecock. ..."
"Step inside what may be the oldest building in Kansas City and, as luck would have it, you’ve arrived at a bar. (KC also made the top 10 this year for its cocktail lounges.) Kelly’s Westport Inn, a good place to drink local Boulevard beer, was once the site of a trading post on the Oregon and Santa Fe trails—and once had the cachet of being owned by Daniel Boone’s grandson."
"Before Kansas City, Mo., was established in the mid-19th century, the settlement of Westport was a hub where the Oregon, California and Santa Fe trails converged. Businesses sprang up to supply the covered wagons headed west. Even as the city evolved around it, Westport remained its own distinctive center of commerce. Today, the enterprising spirit of the pioneer era flourishes."