Annual survey crowns KC as nation's most affordable getaway, #3 city overall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Announced in the magazine’s November 2014 issue, the readers of Travel + Leisure have chosen Kansas City as America’s Most Affordable Getaway for the fourth consecutive year and the third best city overall. More than 50,000 votes were cast this summer in the magazine’s eighth annual “America’s Favorite Cities” survey, which asked readers to compare 38 destinations in 67 categories, ranging in topics from arts and culture to quality of life.

Kansas City placed among the top five destinations in 20 different categories. In addition to grabbing the #1 spot in Affordability, Kansas City also placed first in categories dedicated to Barbecue, Christmas Lights, Good Drivers and Flea Market shopping. A full list of Kansas City’s 20 top-five finishes is below.

“Kansas City is not-so-quietly earning a name for itself as an exciting destination worth talking about—whether it’s for arts, dining, budget-friendly attractions or sports,” said Visit KC President & CEO Ronnie Burt. “These rankings prove what we’ve known all along: visit KC and you’ll walk away impressed.”

For the full list of rankings, see the November issue of Travel + Leisure on newsstands Oct. 17 or visit TravelandLeisure.com.

Kansas City Rankings in “America’s Favorite Cities”
A Record 20 Top-5 Rankings for KC; #3 Top City Overall


  • #1 Christmas Lights
  • #1 Flea Markets
  • #3 Free Attractions
  • #4 Art Scene
  • #4 Antique Stores
  • #4 Home Décor/Design Stores
  • #5 Galleries
  • #5 Boutiques

Quality of Life

  • #1 Affordability
  • #1 Good Drivers
  • #2 Peace and Quiet
  • #3 Cleanliness People
  • #2 Passionate Sports Fans
  • #4 Friendly
  • #5 Geeky

Nightlife, Food & Drink

  • #1 Barbecue
  • #2 Craft Beer
  • #4 Dive Bars
  • #5 Notable Restaurants

Type of Trip

  • #3 Girlfriend Getaway

About Visit KC
Formerly known as the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association, Visit KC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite global passion for visiting Kansas City. Through marketing, sales and service of the convention and tourism industries, Visit KC supports a vital and growing component of the local economy—generating more than 45,000 jobs and $4.6 billion in economic impact annually. For more information about Kansas City, go to VisitKC.com.

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