Midwestern Charm and Adventure in your Kansas City
1 Nassau Circle
Kansas City, MO 64153
Of course Kansas City offers must-see Midwestern attractions, but there are plenty of other destinations that are sure to surprise you. It’s a city to explore whether you’re driving your Thrifty rental car down picturesque boulevards or parking for a walking tour of unique neighborhoods, markets and more. After you land at the Kansas City International Airport, see why this special town earned the nickname, the Paris of the Plains, on a diverse adventure through Kansas City.
Liberty Memorial and the National World War I Museum
Remember those who served in the Great War at one of the most extensive tributes to WWI in the country. The location is Liberty Memorial at 100 West 26th Street. This breathtaking memorial was built in the classical Egyptian Revival style in 1926 and towers 265 feet tall with an artificial memorial flame on its top. The exterior features inscriptions, designs and reliefs honoring the soldiers. Inside, you can find the National World War I Museum. The collection retells the history of WWI through more than 75,000 artifacts, art, video and interactive displays.
Kansas City Zoo
You might be driving your Kansas City rental car in the heartland, but you’re also in the perfect place to see some of the world’s most exotic animals. The Kansas City Zoo at 6800 Zoo Drive is home to exhibits of animals from Australia, Africa and rainforests from around the world. There’s even a collection of warm- and cold-weather penguins. Visit and transport yourself to adventurous locales around the world, all without having to leave the Midwest.
Crossroads Arts District
You might know Kansas City’s art community for long-established institutions like the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. But, there’s also a new arts scene showcasing talent from across Kansas City — and the world. It’s downtown Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, where you can find art galleries, performance venues and studios on nearly every street. On the first Friday of every month, the district becomes a party for all to attend. Streets shut down, galleries open their doors, food trucks arrive and performance artists line the sidewalk. The result is an evening of art like no other.
Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun
They’re two renowned attractions, and they’re right next to each other at 4545 Worlds of Fun Avenue for added convenience. Worlds of Fun is a theme park that’s divided into five areas modeled after different parts of the world. Each area offers a host of thrilling rides, vendors and more. Next door, you can cool off at Oceans of Fun, a water park with massive slides, rides and pools.
The City Market
At East 5th Street, it’s time to park your Thrifty rental car and go for a walk through these vibrant farmer’s markets. For blocks, you can explore an eclectic mix of produce sold directly from farmers from around the Midwest, crafts, clothing, art, cuisine and live music. Celebrities visiting the city are often seen at the market, so don’t be surprised if you walk away with an autograph in addition to fresh produce.
Kansas City-style Barbeque
Kansas City’s barbeque is world famous. And, nearly any direction you head in your Thrifty rental car will take you to one of the city’s more than hundred barbeque restaurants. One highlight is historic Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque at 18th and Brooklyn, where Ronald Reagan, Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter visited. Another well-respected choice is Gates Bar-B-Q at 13255 East Emmanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, where the staff’s extra-friendly service is almost as famous as the food. Plus, every neighborhood has its own collection of classic and upcoming restaurants that all beg for a try.