Another year means another round of praise for Kansas City. Crowned by National Geographic as one of the Best Trips in 2019, there’s no end to KC’s modern renaissance, from notable anniversaries to flourishing distilleries and everything in between.

As the team at Nat Geo so succinctly put it, now’s the time to “revel in the revival.” Here are nine reasons to explore KC in 2019. Kansas City sits on Missouri's western edge, straddling the border with Kansas. It's known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains. Downtown, the American Jazz Museum shares a building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with giant shuttlecocks out front, houses nearly 40,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary collections.

Long-known as a haven for barbecue, Kansas City ‘cue is easier to access and more engaging than ever thanks to the debut of the KC BBQ Experience app. Check in to regional restaurants, earn badges for your efforts, embark on themed trails and more using the free app. Plus, with all 100-plus restaurants included in the app, visitors can find classic joints and new favorites in one easy-to-use platform—which means less time spent searching and more devoted to enjoying the city’s signature cuisine.

 

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