City Orientation Walk, Kansas City

Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri and its name is derived from the Kansas Indians who lived along the Missouri River. The city is famous for its contribution to jazz and blues, as well as cuisine – the well-known Kansas City-style BBQ. Stroll around and admire the Art Deco styling, browse the museums, the eclectic shops, check the riverboat casinos, or relax in a jazz club. You can get to know more about all of these in the following tourist guide.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Kansas City (See other walking tours in Kansas City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Author: Caroline
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Kansas City City Hall

1) Kansas City City Hall

The City Hall of Kansas City, Missouri, is the official seat of government for the city of Kansas City. It is a 29-story skyscraper located in downtown, and has an observation deck on the top of it. It is the fourth tallest city hall in the world, and the seventh tallest building in Kansas City. The City Hall was built in 1937, under the influence of Tom Pendergast, the "political boss" of Kansas City at the time. It was built to "counter" the effects of the Great Depression on Kansas City, and was part of a series of other government buildings, which include the Jackson County Courthouse. Both buildings were designed by Wight and Wight. Upon completion, it was the tallest city hall in the United States. The City Hall is considered a "Beaux-Arts" style building, but has Art Deco elements on the interior. The interior of the city hall is full of Italian gray, red, white, and green marble which lines the halls and the floors of the building.

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Sprint Center

2) Sprint Center (must see)

Sprint Center is a large, multi-use indoor arena in downtown Kansas City. The arena's naming rights partner is the telecommunications company Sprint. The Center opened to the public on October 10, 2007, and a concert on October 13, 2007 by Elton John was the first event held at the arena. The arena seats more than 19,000 people and has 72 suites. Sprint Center has effectively replaced Kemper Arena, which was built in 1974, just a few miles away in the southern portion of the West Bottoms. Additionally, the College Basketball Experience, which includes the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, is connected to and located directly north of Sprint Center.

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Kansas City Power & Light District

3) Kansas City Power & Light District (must see)

The Kansas City Power & Light District or Power & Light District is a shopping and entertainment district developed by the Cordish Company of Baltimore, Maryland and designed by 360 Architecture. The district comprises nine blocks on the south side of the downtown loop. The Power & Light District is one of only a few places in the United States where possession and consumption of open containers of alcoholic beverages are allowed on the street, although they remain prohibited on the street throughout the rest of Kansas City. At the heart of the Power & Light District is Kansas City Live!, a one block area devoted to live music and entertainment venues. At the center of Kansas City Live! is a covered outdoor plaza to be used for concerts. The ground floor of the Kansas City Live! block focuses on bars and restaurants. The second floor of Kansas City Live! houses night clubs and entertainment concepts.

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Mainstreet Theater

4) Mainstreet Theater

The Mainstreet Theater, also commonly referred to as the Empire Theater, is a historic theater located at 1400 Main Street in downtown. The theater was landmarked and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in February 2007. Designed by Rapp & Rapp, the 90,000-square-foot (8,400 m2) theater opened on October 30, 1921 as the Mainstreet Missouri. The 3,200 seat theater was a popular vaudeville and movie house, and the only theater in Kansas City designed by Chicago firm Rapp and Rapp. The interior of the theater was designed in French Baroque style, and the exterior is a blend of neoclassical and French Second Empire. The lobby is topped by a dome encircled by circular windows. The Mainstreet Theater was the largest theater in Kansas City until the Midland Theatre opened in 1927.

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Crossroads Arts District

5) Crossroads Arts District

The Crossroads (officially the Crossroads Arts District) is a historic neighborhood near Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. It is centered at approximately 19th Street and Baltimore Avenue, directly south of the downtown loop and north of Crown Center. It is the city's main art gallery district and center for the visual arts. Dozens of galleries(over 70 galleries) are located in its renovated warehouses and industrial buildings. It is also home to numerous restaurants, housewares shops, architects, designers, an advertising agency, and other visual artists. The district also has several live music venues. Numerous buildings in the neighborhood are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the TWA Corporate Headquarters Building, Western Auto Building, and Firestone Building. There are two historic groups of buildings also on the Register—Working Class Hotels at 19th & Main Streets (Midwest Hotel, Monroe Hotel, and Rieger Hotel) and Crossroads Historic Freight District (industrial buildings clustered along the tracks north of Union Station
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Freight House

6) Freight House

The Freight House is a historic railroad building just north of Union Station in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City. The renovated Freight House is now home to three award-winning restaurants. The building is located immediately east of the Stuart Hall Building, and it is connected via pedestrian bridge to Union Station. The pedestrian bridge was added in 2003, and its main component is an 1892 railroad span that had been sitting unused on the river bluffs until it was moved to its new location.

The Freight House was originally constructed in 1887. Over the years, the structure fell into severe disrepair until it was purchased by Sterling Capital in 1995. The 500-foot (150 m) long and 40-foot (12 m) wide Freight House would probably have been demolished, but the group of investors envisioned a restaurant, retail, and office center with a hotel and parking garage. Those plans were soon scaled back to focus on developing three restaurants on the property.

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Crown Center

7) Crown Center (must see)

Crown Center is a commercial complex and neighborhood located between Gillham Road and Grand Boulevard to the east and west, and between Pershing Boulevard and Union Hill to the north and south. Today, the shopping and entertainment complex features three levels of shops and restaurants, a set of grand open-air fountains, live theatres, movie theatres, an ice skating rink and overstreet walkways leading throughout the complex and to Kansas City's Union Station. One of the most notable stores is the Halls department store designed by Paul László. The neighborhood's grounds are replete with parks, fountains, green spaces and unique sculptures.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm

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Halls

8) Halls

Halls offers a variety of premium brands in ladies' and men's apparel, cosmetics, jewelry, and housewares, with select items available exclusively at one of the two stores. Halls Plaza houses The Jewel Room, featuring creations by jewelry designers such as Van Cleef & Arpels and Buccellati. The stores are also long-time sponsors of several area humanitarian organizations, serving health care, fine arts, public broadcasting and other interests around greater Kansas City.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm

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Hallmark Visitors Centre

9) Hallmark Visitors Centre (must see)

Hallmark Cards is the famous manufacturer of greeting cards, being America's top postcard company since 1910. Great history lies behind the traditionally-sent greeting card on holidays and memorable dates. Hallmark Cards is based in Kansas City and has its own visitors center, where you can actually observe the creative process of making postcard drafts, see the famous commercials, and talk to operators who will explain how the process works. Dozens of exhibitions are held, many of them are permanent, showing you items ranging from precious antique greeting cards to the latest marvels. The Hallmark Visitors Center is located just next door to the Crown Center.
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Union Station

10) Union Station (must see)

Union Station Kansas City is one of many union stations in the United States. The architect chosen to design the building was Jarvis Hunt, a proponent of the City Beautiful movement. The design was a main hall for ticketing, and a perpendicular hall extending out over the tracks for passenger waiting. The Beaux-Arts station opened on October 30, 1914 as the second-largest train station in the country. The building encompasses 850,000 square feet, the ceiling in the Grand Hall is 95 feet high, there are three chandeliers weighing 3,500 pounds each, and the Grand Hall clock has a six-foot diameter face. Union Station made headlines on June 17, 1933, as four unarmed FBI agents were gunned down by gang members attempting to free captured fugitive Frank Nash. Union Station is now home to Science City, a family-friendly interactive science center with more than 50 hands-on exhibits.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 6 am - 12 am

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Liberty Memorial

11) Liberty Memorial (must see)

The Liberty Memorial is a memorial to the fallen soldiers of World War I. It houses the The National World War I Museum, as designated by the United States Congress in 2004. The memorial was completed and dedicated on November 11, 1926. Among other landscaping, its grounds include two large sphinx sculptures, the centerpiece 217-foot tower, and the museums around and under the tower. The design of the building is in a classical "Beaux-Arts monumentalism" style of architecture with a limestone exterior. The foundation was constructed using sawed granite, and the exterior ground level walls are made of Bedford stone. The museum holds two theaters, exhibitions with period artifacts in state-of-the-art interactive displays, a 20,000 sq. ft. research center and library, multi-purpose conference room, and museum store.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

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Penn Valley Park

12) Penn Valley Park

Penn Valley Park is an urban park overlooking Downtown Kansas City. The 176-acre (0.71 square km) park was developed in 1904 on land through which the Santa Fe Trail had passed. It contains several famous landmarks: The Scout and the United States' official World War I museum with its Liberty Memorial. The grounds also feature such commemorative statues as the Pioneer Mother Memorial and the Hiker. The park has a large lake, a fitness trail, tennis courts and ball fields and is a popular spot for concerts and festivals during the summer months. Also features Kansas City's first off-leash dog park and is the host park to both the Penn Valley skate park located in the southwestern corner of the park and the Just Off Broadway Theatre.

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Walking Tours in Kansas City, Missouri

Create Your Own Walk in Kansas City

Create Your Own Walk in Kansas City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kansas City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Country Club Plaza, Kansas City Tour

Country Club Plaza, Kansas City Tour

The Kansas City Plaza has become popular as a 15-block district full of shops and fine restaurants. The Plaza gives visitors the opportunity to be delighted by the representative architectural monuments like the Giralda Tower, and the J. C. Nichols Fountain, and also by museums such as The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. The Country Club Plaza has ranked in the top 60 of the world's greatest places.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Kansas City History Tour

Kansas City History Tour

Kansas City is the biggest city in Missouri. It covers 318 square miles (820 km2) of land. The city was founded in 1838, and being several times a battle field during the Civil War left its stamp on the city's architectural styles. Kansas city is also famous for its contribution to cuisine and music styles, such as blues and jazz. The city is rich in historic monuments and edifices, such as Mainstreet Theater, Lewis and Clark Memorial, and the New York Life Building.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Crown Center Walk in Kansas City

Crown Center Walk in Kansas City

Kansas City's downtown is rich in historic neighborhoods. The Crown Center area, right near Union Hill, offers some of the greatest Kansas City landmarks, such as Liberty Memorial, the Union Station and the Crown Center Entertainment Complex itself. Take a walk to see all the memorable sights!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Kansas City Landmarks in North Downtown

Kansas City Landmarks in North Downtown

Kansas City's northern downtown is sprinkled with interesting landmarks. It is especially famous for having some remarkable early skyscrapers dating from the 1920s and 1930s. The new Charles Evans Whitaker Courthouse and neighboring Old St. Patrick Oratory offer some new beauty as well. Have a look at these landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Kansas City Landmarks in South Downtown

Kansas City Landmarks in South Downtown

Kansas City's downtown is rich in landmarks. The southern part is a nice mixture of skyscraper architecture and period buildings, such as the Mainland Theatre and St. Mary Episcopal Church, and it also hosts the Kansas City Power & Light District, famous for its night entertainment venues. Take a tour through all these outstanding places that are landmarks in the southern area of Kansas City's downtown.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Kansas City Crossroads Art Tour

Kansas City Crossroads Art Tour

The Kansas City Crossroads District has become one of the trendiest art communities in the Midwest. The former industrial and warehouse area now is where many progressive art spots have established themselves. Have a look at some of the grandest and edgiest art in the Crossroads!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Kansas City for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Kansas City has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Kansas City, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.