By Emily McIntyre
Kansas City
Missouri
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Escapewizard.com invites you to visit Kansas City Missouri, the city of fountains and cows and great barbeque. “Kansas City: Change Your Perspective," says the official Kansas City website, and in many ways Kansas City is a surprise to visitors; few expect to find a spacious city with top designers, businesses, attractions, and restaurants in the Midwest! Yet Kansas City is easily accessible to all and is well worth visiting on your next vacation.
   
The city’s main airport, Kansas City International (KCI), is widely known as the easiest mid-size airport in the United States, and with thirteen airlines to compete for travelers, fares are usually low. Escapewizard.com invites you to book your flight to Kansas City, Missouri today by clicking on this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Follow that by finding a hotel through Escapewizard.com. You will see our top selections below, which includes our number one choice, Candlewood Suites. Then follow this link to book with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and you’re set for an exciting vacation!
   
Upon your arrival to Kansas City, Escapewizard.com suggests a trip to the premier shopping center downtown: the Country Club Plaza. First envisioned in 1922, the Plaza is built in a European style and incorporates famous sculptures into the 15-block complex which is highly reminiscent of Seville, Spain. Fine restaurants and a plethora of shops offer something for everyone. While you’re there, Escapewizard.com recommends stopping to see the original bronze sculpture by Donatello Gabrielli, “Pomona”, the sole mate of which is in the castle of the king of Thailand in Bangkok.

Kansas City is also the home to one of 14 locations of the National Archives and Records Administration. Here on this site is the home to thousands of government records that can be viewed by vacationers and researchers. The National Archives has a guided tour through their grounds so visitors can learn the ins and outs of the establishment.
   
Kansas City, Missouri offers much to the discerning art-lover. Just a couple blocks from the Plaza, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a world-class comprehensive museum containing art which ranges from  a complete ancient Egyptian mummy and a 7-foot Sumerian relief which depicts a demi-god to an absorbing collection of early Christian liturgical art, two Monet paintings, and Van Gogh’s “Olive Orchard”. The Nelson always offers free admission. The Kemper Museum of Modern Art is just a block over and features a wide range of modern art.
   
If you like to experience a city’s nightlife, look no further. For an authentic experience Escapewizard.com suggests you foray into Westport, an area of Midtown just north of the Country Club Plaza which offers many bars, restaurants, and award-winning coffee. If you prefer something a bit more polished, try the Zona Rosa shopping mall in North Kansas City. In the summer, free outdoor Shakespeare performances are offered Tuesday through Sunday for much of warm season. In the winter, try ice skating at the Ice Terrace in Crown Center, another shopping mall.
   
No visit to Kansas City is complete without eating some barbeque! Some argue that Gates is the best, some that Arthur Bryant’s is, and still others (Anthony Bourdain and many other celebrities among them) that Oklahoma Joe’s excels. Escapewizard.com recommends you try them all, and top off your meal with some award-winning ice cream, found near the Plaza in Downtown.
   
Kansas City, Missouri has much to offer, and Escapewizard.com invites you to experience every aspect of the city. Of course, you may have to visit more than once to do so. Don’t miss out on your next vacation opportunity; make Kansas City your top selection.
Hotels in Kansas City
By Kris Robinson
Homewood Suites by Hilton Kansas City-Airport
7312 NW Polo Drive, Kansas City, MO
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Homewood Suites by Hilton is your place to stay in Kansas City. Located just four miles from the Kansas City International Airport and only three miles from the KCI Expo Center, Homewood Suites is perfectly situated for business trips or vacation stays. Shuttle service is available from the airport if you call to arrange a pick-up ahead of your stay. Check-in begins at 3 p.m. and small to medium sized pets are welcome for an additional fee.

One and two-bedroom suites include complete kitchen and living areas that feel just like home. Cook your own meals in your room or take advantage of the complimentary meals provided. Hot breakfasts are served daily and you can relax with other guests over dinner and drinks Monday through Thursday. If you want to cook, but can't get out to shop, guests can request a complimentary grocery shopping service with delivery right to your door. Room service is also available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Each suite is equipped with two telephones, two color televisions, data ports, and complimentary wireless or wired high-speed internet access.

Guests can relax at the outdoor pool, shoot hoops on the basketball court, or work out in the fitness room. A business center is available including photocopy services, computers, internet access and fax services. Larger groups and meetings are accommodated by one of the three conference rooms suited for groups ranging from 10 to 60 people. The convenience store is open 24 hours a day on-site, offering soft drinks, snacks, first-aid supplies and other sundry items. Laundry facilities are available or simply relax while the laundry valet service takes care of it for you.

You have plenty of time to enjoy your morning before your 12 p.m. check-out time. If you are ready for your relaxing, home-like stay at Homewood Suites by Hilton, Kansas City, EscapeWizard.com is ready to help you book your stay. Please click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to access our hotel finder for great pricing.
Hotels in Kansas City
By Summer Brons
Sheraton Crown Center
2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO
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Located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, the Sheraton (formally the Hyatt Regency) Crown Center hotel offers the perfect blend of luxury and accommodation. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, you’re sure to enjoy the benefits of choosing Sheraton for your lodging needs.

Within walking distance are the convention center, the Power & Light district, art galleries, as well as numerous shops and restaurants. The Regency Crown Center also offers ample on-site conveniences for your enjoyment. Keep your workout routine on track at the 24 hour StayFitTM fitness center, relax by the outdoor pool, or enjoy a drink and a great meal at any of the hotel’s eight restaurants. You won’t want to miss dining at Skies, Kansas City’s only revolving restaurant sitting atop the Sheraton. Also available for your dining or beverage pleasure are the Peppercorn Duck Club, Milano, Crayola Café, Spectator’s Bar and Grille, Terrace, Coffee Express, and of course - room service and poolside dining.

Retire for the evening in the comfort of your private room, each generously appointed. Sleep soundly upon a plush Sheraton Grand Bed and utilize the deluxe work area with available wireless internet, iron and board, 25” or larger TV, bath amenities and hairdryer. Luxurious suites are also available for those enjoy a special occasion or an extended stay

When your travels find you in Kansas City, MO, look no further than the Sheraton Crown Center. Secure the comforts and conveniences of Sheraton at an affordable rate by booking your stay with EscapeWizard.com at (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Kansas City
By Summer Brons
Candlewood Suites
11110 NW Ambassador, Kansas City, MO
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Conveniently located near the Kansas City Airport, the Candlewood Suites offers ample amenities with all the comforts of home. Ideal for travelers in town for either business or pleasure, the Candlewood Suites provides a pleasant stay whether visiting for a quick overnighter or for several weeks.

A complimentary shuttle makes transportation to and from the airport a breeze, and the Candlewood is just 15 minutes from downtown Kansas City. You’ll also enjoy quick proximity to golf courses, abundant shopping, and the city’s convention and expo center. Additionally, access to local museums and the amusement park, Worlds of Fun, means that the Candlewood Suites is close to everything.

On-site, you’ll find everything you need to keep yourself and your business running smoothly. 24 hour business and fitness centers keep the boss happy and your workout routine on track, a convenience store lets you grab a quick snack or any essentials you may have forgotten, and guest self-laundry services, barbeque grills, complimentary wireless internet and a rental car desk round out the generous offerings of the Candlewood.

The accommodations continue within your private suite. Each room includes a comfortable bed, TV and DVD player, premium cable, full kitchen complete with microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker and serving ware, large work desk, iron and board, bath amenities and hairdryer.

Ideal for the needs of any busy traveler, the Candlewood Suites provides the perfect place to stay on your next trip to the bustling Kansas City. Book your affordable accommodations with EscapeWizard.com at (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Kansas City
By Shaina Amienyi
Westin Crown Center
1 East Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO
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The Westin Crown Center is an ideal choice for vacationers looking for luxurious accommodations in Kansas City. This downtown hotel offers a wealth of amenities that are sure to please guests. Guests may check into the hotel after 3pm and must check out by 12pm either by visiting the reception desk or using their room’s video checkout feature.

The Westin is surrounded by the Hallmark Crown Center, so guests can access 85 acres of shops, restaurants, and theaters from within the hotel complex. Inside the hotel, guests have access to the tennis courts, whirlpool, sauna, and outdoor heated swimming pool.

Whether it is running laps around the jogging track or working out in the fitness room, guests can find ways to stay fit while at the Westin. Admission to the gym costs $5 per day, and for $45 per hour guests can make an appointment with a personal trainer for one-on-one workout sessions.

Vacationers who want to work out but avoid gyms can reserve a WestinWORKOUT® room. These rooms come with fitness DVDs, free weights, stability balls, resistance bands, and a choice of either a treadmill or a stationary bike.

The Westin’s 724 rooms are divided into five classes that all come with the standard amenities—a 37 inch high definition television, video games, bottled water, a coffee maker with Starbucks coffee, and more. Guests can upgrade to Park Corner King rooms, Garden Suites, Crown Suites, and State and Presidential Suites, with the latter being the largest at 2,118 sq. ft.

The suites are the size of apartments and are great for families or groups. All come with parlors, and depending on the type of suite guests are provided with amenities such as multiple Juliette balconies, a full-size refrigerator, a wet bar, and a fireplace.

The hotel has two restaurants: the Brasserie Restaurant and Lounge, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Benton’s Prime Steakhouse, open for dinner and Sunday brunch. Located on the 20th floor of the hotel, Benton’s offers panoramic views of the city and features live jazz on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30pm-10pm and Sunday for brunch from 10am-2pm.

Choose to stay at The Westin Crown Center and you can take full advantage of the luxurious amenities and surrounding attractions. To book your stay at the Westin, click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to EscapeWizard.com.