Country Club Plaza, Kansas City Tour, Kansas City

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.
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Country Club Plaza, Kansas City Tour Map

Guide Name: Country Club Plaza, Kansas City Tour
Guide Location: USA » Kansas City (See other walking tours in Kansas City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: tina
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Unity Temple

1) Unity Temple

The Unity Temple was established by the Fillmore family, who acquired land in 1928. It was a dedication to Charles Fillmore's beloved spouse. The standing site was erected in 1948. The Temple is seen more as a church' however, it is more than a regular church. The main goal of the temple is to help people find peace and spirituality through mind, body and soul. One very important point of the temple is that it includes alternative Buddhist and also Catholic meditation. You can find a bookstore in the temple, along with worship services, fitness classes, concerts and theater productions, and addiction support groups. This is also a community church.
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Diebel’s Sportsmen Gallery

2) Diebel’s Sportsmen Gallery

Diebel’s Sportsmen Gallery is the oldest Kansas City tobacco shop and a true gentleman's store. Established in 1954, it offers the best tobacco, pipes, cigars, lighters, and humidors. These go along with a unique selection of knives, golf merchandise, decoys, nautical souvenirs, leather accessories and much more.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm; Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm; Saturday: 12 pm - 5 pm
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47th Shopping Street

3) 47th Shopping Street (must see)

History marks malls as first appearing in Kansas City, and it is the best place for shopping. Customers will feel spoiled by the stores, starting with quaint boutiques, awesome department stores, and ending with discount outlets that offer great discounts for the merchandise. At the 47th Street area, you can find good stores, fine restaurants and great entertainment.
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Tivol

4) Tivol

With several generations of jewelry makers, Tivol is the most respectable Kansas City trademark. Established in 1910 by Charles Tivol, it has kept the tradition in being best at quality and exquisiteness of timeless diamond beauty. Tivol offers a wide variety of classical and postmodern designs of jewelry, watches, along with good jewelry investment consulting. Diamonds are their true trademark masterpieces.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5:30 pm; Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
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Giralda Tower

5) Giralda Tower

The Kansas City Giralda Tower is a small copy of the original Giralda Tower of the Spain Cathedral of Seville. The Seville Cathedral is one of the greatest in the world and is a wonderful representation of Baroque and Gothic architectural styles. The original Giralda Tower is 97.5 m (320 ft) in height. Although the Kansas City tower is smaller in dimension, it is great in representation. It creates a feel of the old Gothic European architectural culture, of the most remarkable monuments of Seville.
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J.C Nichols Fountain

6) J.C Nichols Fountain (must see)

The J.C. Nichols Fountain horses are the representation of the 4 world's biggest rivers. The horse that fights the alligator represents the Mississippi. The horse fighting the bear is Volga's symbol, and the remaining two horses incorporate the Rhine and the Seine. The fountain is the work of French sculptor Henri Greber. The statue, created in 1910, stands 10 feet high and each of the horse-statues weights 1-1/2 tons. This set was brought from Paris in the 1950s and carefully restored. It remains unclear the message the sculptor tried to relay. However, Kansas City's Nelson Gallery of Art suggested that the figures were an allegory for the running waters.
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Community Christian Church

7) Community Christian Church

This Frank Lloyd Wright building sits across from the Country Club Plaza's main shopping district, located on Main at East 46th Street. In April 1940, Community Christian Church came to Wright and asked him to design a new building for them after a fire had destroyed their last church. Wright based his design on a parallelogram including some features previously conceived for his last building for Johnson Wax Company, along with one additional unique feature: a spire of light. Due to high building costs, the scale of the church was reduced during construction. The auditorium was cut back from a planned 1,200 seats to 900 seats, many details were eliminated, and the building was sheathed in gunite, a form of lightweight concrete, over Wright's objections. The spire of light also could not be built and illuminated due to technical limitations of the times. However, the church was dedicated on January 4, 1942 and has served the congregation well.

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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

8) Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (must see)

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1994. The core of the museum's permanent collection is the Bebe and R. Crosby Kemper Jr. Collection, a gift of the museum's founders. The collection includes works created after the 1913 Armory Show to works by present-day artists. The Kemper Museum’s striking building, constructed from 1992 to 1994, was designed by architect Gunnar Birkerts. The structure has a large central atrium under an articulated skylight. Two wings extend from either side of the atrium. The main gallery displays works from the permanent collection and shows works in special exhibitions. Side galleries present works in rotation, and a large meeting room displays pieces on paper and crafts from the permanent collection.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 10 am - 4 pm; Friday - Saturday: 10 am - 9 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm

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Kansas City Art Institute

9) Kansas City Art Institute

The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) is a private, independent, four-year college of fine arts and design founded in 1885. KCAI is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) and the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. It has about 75 faculty members and around 600 students. The school started in 1885 when art enthusiasts formed the "Sketch Club" with the purpose of "talking over art matters in general and to judge pictures." Meetings were originally in private homes and then moved to the Deardorf Building at 11th and Main in downtown Kansas City.

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Nelson Atkins Museum

10) Nelson Atkins Museum (must see)

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is an art museum known for its neo-classical architecture and extensive collection of Asian art. The museum was built on the grounds of Oak Hall, the home of Kansas City Star publisher William Rockhill Nelson. When he died in 1915, his will provided that upon the deaths of his wife and daughter, the proceeds of his entire estate would go to purchasing artwork for public enjoyment. The building was designed by prominent Kansas City architects Wight and Wight. Ground was broken in 1930, and the museum opened on December 11, 1933. The building's classical Beaux-Arts architecture style was modeled on the Cleveland Museum of Art. The south facade of the museum is an iconic structure in Kansas City that looms over a series of terraces onto Brush Creek. Outside on the museum's immense lawn, the Kansas City Sculpture Park contains the largest in the United States collection of monumental bronzes by Henry Moore.

Operation hours: Wednesday: 10 am — 5 pm; Thursday - Friday: 10 am — 9 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am — 5 pm

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Kauffman Memorial Garden

11) Kauffman Memorial Garden (must see)

The Kauffman Garden contains about 7000 plants. Due to the wide variety of plants such as annuals, trees and bulbs, the garden's color scheme is a mixture of tints of lavender, silver, white, and green that change each season. The octagonal pool with dancing figurines was constructed inside the garden to relax and invigorate its visitors with the playful water.

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.
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
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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 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
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 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

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.