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Things to Do in Kansas City

by Katie Hammel on February 14, 2012

Things to Do in Kansas CitySplit between the states of Kansas and Missouri, Kansas City, is often overshadowed by its larger, more glamorous neighbors. But for anyone who loves jazz, barbecue, booze, or American history, it’s a city that far outshines its modest reputation. Great for a weekend getaway, a girls trip, a beer and bbq quest, or a family vacation, the city offers plenty to keep you enthralled for several days.

Here’s our recipe for the best of Kansas City:

Add a little slice of Americana….

Kansas

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Public Transportation in Kansas CityLike other small cities in the Midwest, Kansas City is best seem by car. You can get around without one, but you’ll spend more time in transit, have more limited options, and you’ll need to take a shuttle or a pricey taxi between the airport the city. So if you’re coming in for a weekend trip from Chicago, you may be better off with a rental car.

Bus The downtown area does have a fairly extensive bus system with an online trip

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Getting to Kansas City from ChicagoChicago and Kansas City, MO are just over 500 miles from one another, a drive that takes about 8.5 hours, depending on traffic. The train takes a little less and bus the takes a little longer,  so if you’re more concerned with time than cost, flying is the best way to go. Bear in mind though, that you will need a car to get around the city and the shuttle from the airport is at least $18 each way.

Chicago

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Why You Should Add Chicago to Your RTW TripPlanning a RTW trip is a long process that takes a lot of time and effort, and figuring out your itinerary is one of the most difficult parts. Our sister site over at BootsnAll has a special section dedicated to planning a RTW trip, and if this is something you are interested in, the resources on BootsnAll are extremely beneficial.

Adding Chicago to any trip itinerary is a no-brainer. The food, the friendly people, the architecture, the bars, the

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Things to Do in Chicago in DecemberDecember in Chicago is a lovely time. The city seems to sparkle with all the holiday lights that twinkle from Daley Plaza to the Lincoln Park Zoo. While it’s definitely getting colder this month, there’s lots of indoor and outdoor fun to warm you up and put you in the holiday spirit. Here are some of the best things to do in Chicago in December.

Through December 24 – Christkindlmarkt in Daley Plaza

All month - Free ice-skating in Millennium Park

December1,

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Getting From Chicago to ChampaignChampaign, Illinois is just under 150 miles southwest of Chicago. The drive takes about two to three hours, depending on traffic. Limited flights are available, but taking the train or bus  is much, mush cheaper and nearly as fast.

Chicago to Champaign

Driving distance – 138 miles/222 kilometers

Flights American makes the one hour direct flight between Champaign and Chicago, but given the high prices it’s not the best option.

Journey time: about 50 minutes Typical price: $300-350 round trip.

Trains Amtrak runs several daily trains between Champaign

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