Kansas City is home to a lot of oh-so-American pastimes and values, but simultaneously embraces modern times with aplomb. The city perfectly illustrates its uniqueness by straddling both Missouri and Kansas. In fact, people who long to be in two places at once should head over to State Line Road for a must-have photo op. It’s a buyer’s market right now, with Kansas City homes for sale listed at a median price of $175,000. Buyers looking for Kansas City real estate should check out the wide range of neighborhoods, including River Market, a favorite with young professionals, or the quieter, but still popular, Westport.
Kansas City comes by its nickname “City of Fountains” honestly, with 200 fountains peppering the landscape. Another area staple is the barbeque scene, which rivals the best in the world. Newbies to the city should conduct their own taste test at local favorites like Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque and Smokin’ Guns BBQ. Indeed, the latter is appropriately named, since the city was birthplace to none other than outlaw Jesse James, who began his reign of gun-slinging terror in his hometown.
Kansas City also takes plenty of opportunity to honor those who’ve made an impact. Liberty Memorial was the country’s first dedicated World War I museum and features a stunning collection of wartime artifacts. Another unique destination, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum celebrates the rich history of African-American baseball in the United States.
Locals enthusiastically support area sports franchises, including Kansas City Chiefs football and Kansas City Royals baseball teams. The major league soccer team, Sporting Kansas City (originally known as Kansas City Wiz), was one of the ten charter teams on the MLS roster and has been a fan favorite since 1995.
New residents with an appreciation for all types of museums will have plenty to keep them busy. Kansas City is home to a variety, including the American Jazz Museum, the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Money Museum and the National Airline History Museum, among others. When you’re done taking in all that culture and historical trivia, head over to Country Club Plaza, a popular spot filled with dining options and excellent shopping.