Facts

Kansas City is a bi-state metropolitan area which straddles the Missouri-Kansas state line. The region includes more than 136 cities, the four largest of which are Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas City, Kansas; Overland Park, Kansas; and Independence, Missouri. The metropolitan area consists of eleven counties, Jackson, Platte, Clay, Clinton, Cass, Ray and Lafayette in Missouri and Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Miami in Kansas.

Approximately 1.9 million people live in the Kansas City metro area.

DESTINATION KANSAS CITY

  • Kansas City is served by Air Canada, American Airlines, America West, Continental, Delta, Midwest Express, Northwest/KLM Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Trans World Airlines, United Airlines, USAirways and Vanguard Airlines.
  • Arriving and departing from Kansas City International (KCI) Airport is simple: its innovative design was referred to as a “drive to your gate” system when the facility opened in 1972. Complimentary shuttles connect the three circular terminals.
  • Three interstate highways serve the area: I-70 going east-west, I-35 going northeast-southwest, and I-29 going north.
  • Kansas City’s Amtrak rail station is at 2200 Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri, just northeast of the newly refurbished Union Station.
  • Greyhound and Jefferson bus lines serve routes throughout the United States from shared terminals at 1101 Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • For those with a rental car, the street grid system is easy to navigate.

For information on traveling to Kansas City, please visit VisitKC.com.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The extensive, interlocking system of parks and boulevards set aside by visionary planners in the 1890s prompted writers to call the Kansas City area “Paris on the Plains.”
  • More than 200 fountains in the area earned Kansas City, Missouri, its nickname, “The City of Fountains.”
  • Kansas City is the number 1 inland trade zone in area, and is the second-largest rail center in the United States.
  • Opened in 1922, the Country Club Plaza was the first shopping area planned for the automobile. Its 12 towers and numerous fountains and artworks were modeled after Seville, Spain.
  • The distinctive swing sound of Kansas City jazz dates to the mid-1930s, when Count Basie played local clubs.
  • Kansas City is third in the nation for professional theaters per capita, with performances offered by a dozen companies.
  • Boasting one of the tallest, largest and fastest roller coasters in the world, the theme of Kansas City’s Worlds of Fun amusement park was based on Jules Verne’s “Around the World in Eighty Days.”
  • Kansas, and hence Kansas City, was named for the Kansa, or Kaw, Indians. Kansas means “people of the south wind.” Kansas first appeared on maps drawn by French explorers Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette.
  • Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, is the only intertribal university for Native Americans in the United States. Its enrollment represents more than 100 tribes.
  • People of German and German-Russian background are numerous in the Kansas City area, and settled widely in the state of Kansas in the late 1870s.
  • Famous explorers Lewis and Clark explored the territory that would become Kansas City between 1804 and 1806.
  • The Santa Fe Trail, established in 1821, was one of the longest commercial routes in the pre-railroad era, running 1,255 kilometers from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • The ruts created by heavily loaded ox-pulled wagons along the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails may still be seen. Santa Fe Trail markers may be seen in throughout the area, including in Olathe and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
  • Famed abolitionist John Brown came to Kansas Territory in 1855 and during a three-year stay staged several armed skirmishes and freed some Missouri slaves.
  • Kansas was in the center of the great bison (or buffalo) range until the 1870s.
  • The Quindaro Ruins in Kansas City, Kansas, where runaway slaves landed upon their arrival in the free state of Kansas, is the largest underground railroad archaeological site in the nation.
  • The first African-Americans officially recognized by the U.S. government as front-line troops, the 1st and 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry, were trained in 1864 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The famed 10th U.S. Cavalry, the “Buffalo Soldiers,” organized there in 1867.
  • Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse, attended art school in Kansas City and experimented with the process of animation in a tiny upstairs studio on 31st Street in Kansas City, Missouri, in the 1920s.
  • Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean (1928) and the first to fly solo across the Atlantic (1932), was born in Atchison, Kansas. Earhart broke numerous records before being lost on an around-the-world flight in 1937.
  • Professional golfer Tom Watson is a native of Overland Park, Kansas.
  • Rocker and television personality Melissa Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, Kansas.

WEATHER

Situated at the Heart of America, Kansas City, USA has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. Each season has its particular charms for the visitor. Summers are hot and humid, perfect for enjoying outdoor activities and community celebrations. Winters are cold, with the heaviest snows typically arriving late in the season. Springs and falls are fleeting but glorious, with outstanding displays from flowers and trees providing a colorful backdrop for weekend runs and other sporting events.