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Kansas City Introduction Walk (Self Guided), 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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Kansas City Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Kansas City Introduction Walk
Guide Location: USA » Kansas City (See other walking tours in Kansas City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Author: Caroline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • National WWI Museum and Memorial
  • Union Station
  • Hallmark Visitors Center
  • Coca-Cola Building
  • The Globe Building
  • Mainstreet Theater
  • Power & Light District
  • Kansas City City Hall
National WWI Museum and Memorial

1) National WWI Museum and Memorial (must see)

The National WWI Museum and 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: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Union Station

2) 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 - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm- 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hallmark Visitors Center

3) Hallmark Visitors Center (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.
Coca-Cola Building

4) Coca-Cola Building

The Coca-Cola pie-shaped building is highly noticeable in the skyline. Built in 1914 for the purposes of Coca-Cola's industry, it has 12 stories and, for that period, a rather revolutionary design. The building had changed owners in 1928 - Western Auto Supply took over the place, and ever since it has been its second name. It still bears its grand logo on the rooftop. Today, the building is a converted residential loft.
The Globe Building

5) The Globe Building

The Crossroads Arts District near downtown Kansas City has undergone significant changes over the past several years. Part of the revitalization is due to the restoration, not demolition, of old, historical buildings.

The historic Globe Building on Main Street, known for its large painted ads on the north-and-south-facing walls, has been transformed into a unique entrepreneurial playground. Massive wooden beams emphasize the history while open workspaces and a “startup store” are on the ground floor. With state-of-the-art technology, all-glass private offices and open, collaborative workspaces, this building is what many co-working spaces aim to achieve. And all this 21st century technology is housed in a building that’s over 122 years old.

Mainstreet Theater

6) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Power & Light District

7) Power & Light District

The 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kansas City City Hall

8) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Historical Buildings Tour

Historical Buildings 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...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Crossroads Art District Walking Tour

Crossroads Art District Walking Tour

The Kansas City Crossroads Art 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: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles