Kansas City is the western anchor to Missouri River country. From city skyline to rural charm, there's plenty waiting for you in the Kansas City area, an all-American city with a distinctly European flavor. Kansas City complements its heartland appeal with the dazzling fountains of Rome, bold architecture of Spain and the wide boulevards of Paris.
Begin your visit at the colorful City Market area of the restored downtown riverfront district where the Arabia Steamboat Museum displays thousands of artifacts salvaged from a steamboat that sunk near the city in 1856. If you want great shopping, dining and nightlife on your vacation, look to the Country Club Plaza. The plaza was America's first shopping center with fountains and Moorish architecture. Head north to the historic Westport district for great live blues, jazz and R&B. Be sure to visit the 18th and Vine Historic District, with the American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Don't forget to sample some of Kansas City's famous barbecue.
The famous Union Station has been beautifully restored and is now home to Science City, an interactive adventure where children and adults alike enjoy a one-of-a-kind learning experience. With five unique districts to explore, you're sure to find a new adventure around every corner. Also, Kansas City Riverboat casinos offer a variety of dining choices along with gaming entertainment.
If family fun is on your agenda, head to Worlds of Fun, an internationally themed amusement park. Next door is Oceans of Fun, a tropically themed water park. Or you'll want to get tickets for the baseball Royals or football Chiefs at the twin-stadium Truman Sports Complex.
After you've had a taste of Kansas City, plan a stop in Independence. Here you can visit the home and presidential library of Harry S. Truman. At the National Frontier Trails Center, you can learn about the role of the city as a supply point for the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails. Travel east to Sibley and Fort Osage, a reconstructed fort from the War of 1812, overlooking the Missouri River.
A short drive north of Independence brings you to Jesse James country. Liberty's Jesse James Bank Museum is the site of the nation's first daylight bank robbery. Farther north, near Kearney, is the Jesse James Farm and Museum. Here, you can learn more about this notorious outlaw.
Kansas City Zoo—there's a wealth of unique and exciting learning adventures awaiting everyone at the zoo. Adults and children alike can observe exotic and native wildlife, participate in hands-on zoo activities, enroll in a zoo education class, experience an overnight zoo campout and learn through interactive programs.
The Kansas Speedway is a 1.5 mile tri-oval track. Racing fans can see NASCAR, Indy Racing and Truck series events here. The Kansas Speedway's Hospitality Village features high-peaked, pristine-white chalets and well manicured avenues that offer live music and delicious food prepared by award-winning caterers.
Community Health Centers in the Kansas City area include Samuel U. Rodger's Community Health Services and Swope Parkway Health Services.
Critical Access Hospitals in this region include Excelsior Springs Medical Center, Cass Medical Center and Lafayette Regional Health Center.
For additional information regarding this region such as individual county HPSA status or loan repayment eligibility, please contact the Missouri Primary Care Association.
**Some of the Photos and Images of Missouri are courtesy of Missouri Division of Tourism**