Kansas City - car needed?

Old Apr 13th, 2003, 01:30 PM
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Kansas City - car needed?

We'reconsidering a change-of-scene getaway to Kansas City the end of the month. (I've notice some rabid pros and equally rabid cons here...) The question is - if we aim to stay at the Plaza area, which I gather is the best idea - will we be able to "see the sights" without a car?
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Old Apr 13th, 2003, 01:41 PM
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"The sights" are pretty much either in the Plaza area or by Union Station in downtown. The Plaza area does not require a car. The Nelson Art Museum is about a half mile east, but easily walkable. The Johnson County Kansas part of the area is the high growth upper middle class area, but has virtually no 'sights' other than some shopping areas with stores you'll find in most large cities.
Cab fare to the Plaza is about $35 with tip. The airport shuttle is about $12 one way.
There are no world class hotels in KC, just the usual chains. The Fairmont is on the Plaza, and is KC's best, but needs refurbishment IMO. The Raphael (across the street from the F) is like a converted apartment building. I find the rooms dark and dreary, though large for an older hotel.
There's a brand new Residence Inn a block from the Plaza. A Sheraton Suites, Hampton, Marriott up the hill. Avoid the Wyndham.
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Old Apr 13th, 2003, 01:47 PM
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What sights are you planning to see? Like the previous poster said, if you plan to stick mostly with the Plaza and Nelson Atkins, then you're fine without. However, if you want to do much at all outside of that area, you will need a car. Kansas City has virtoually no public transportation system, and taking a cab to more than one or two places will be more expensive than renting a car. Have fun in KC--it's a great place for a get-away!
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Although there is almost no public transit in KC (and not likely to be - it is too easy to drive anywhere in the city), there is a Trolley that runs between the Plaza, Westport, Crown Center and City Market. For a visitor, this may include most of the places that you will want to visit.

Unfortunately, I can't find a map of the route online, but you might contact them at [email protected] to see if they go everywhere that you want.

Places I know they don't go: anywhere in Kansas including the race tracks and Cabela's; the zoo; Kansas City Royal's baseball; World's of Fun theme park.

I'm not sure if they go to 18th & Vine where the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Jazz Museum are located (which I highly recomend)

They also don't go to the casinos, but I believe there are shuttles between them and all of the larger hotels.

You can find enough to do without a car, but driving is very easy and 95% of the city has free parking.

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kansas city is perfect for a weekend getaway. if you can figure out the trolley system to get to crown center, union station, i would not bother with a car. i liked the sheraton on the plaza- be sure and eat at P.F. Changs! have fun!!
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