Kansas City has been called the Paris of the Plains, the City of Fountains, and – during World War II – the Crossroads of America. This seven-day day destination program includ plenty of free time and optional activities so participants can customize their experience in this vibrant mid-western city. Included are world-class museums like the Arabia Steamboat Museum and the World War One Museum, historic sites, the Truman Presidential Library, cultural touchstones such as the 18th and Vine District where Kansas City jazz thrived for decades and the Negro Leagues Museum commemorating the greats of America’s parallel professional baseball league. There’ll be Kansas City barbecue and even a visit to historic Lecompton, “where the Civil War Began”.
This hub-and-spoke program is based at the boutique-style 816 Hotel, Kansas City’s only hotel dedicated to the past and present. Located in Old Westport, the oldest part of the city, and only five blocks from the world’s first shopping center, Country Club Plaza, the area around the hotel is home to more than 150 shops, restaurants and bars. And the best part? The hotel offers free shuttle service to all of the attractions and nightspots within a four mile radius of the hotel. Here we will enjoy daily hot breakfast and evening hospitality reception. After a week of exploring and learning, you’ll be convinced that “everything’s up to date in Kansas City!”