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December 27, 2019

National Plan for Vacation Day is Tuesday, January 28, 2020 and we’re here to help you prepare. National Plan for Vacation Day is all about planning to use your paid vacation days. Did you know that 768 million vacation days went unused last year?

And, it matters how you use the days. Those who travel with all or most of their time off are 56% happier with their health and well-being than those who travel with little to none of their vacation days.

National Plan for Vacation Day encourages you to take time to calculate your time off and plan for the year. These don’t have to be once-in-a-lifetime trips around the globe. Traveling in your regi...

November 27, 2019

There’s no shortage of great local items for gift giving this year in the KC area. Whether you’re shopping for your boss, your friends and family, or you are part of a secret Santa group, make sure to support local by considering any of these 12 gift suggestions we’ve handpicked from our diverse regional communities! 


Povitica in Merriam, KS - Share the gift of ‘delicious’ this holiday season with yummy dessert bread in over a dozen flavors from Strawberry Hill Povitica. Stop by the bakery for samples, or buy a loaf to share at your holiday gatherings. The mini packs make perfect gifts too! Povitica is baked with love from gr...

Heading to Kansas City for the holidays? Great, because Kansas City shines in anticipation of the holiday season. We’ve got some great tips here for the most commonly asked questions about Christmas and other holiday traditions!

One big tip for the holiday season – Kansas City gets cold! Bring a jacket, scarves, hats and gloves because it can get quite chilly in the KC area during the holiday season.


A true iconic holiday symbol, KC is no stranger to celebrating the Christmas tree. Whether you’re looking for the largest you can find or one close to you, here are places to view and purchase Christmas trees:

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October 10, 2019

The time for fall colors, sweaters, corn mazes, and pumpkin spice is officially upon us—finally! With everything there is to do during fall, there’s no time to sit around missing summer. Make sure you get out and enjoy the season before it’s time to hunker down for the winter! Luckily KC Destinations is here to help make sure it’s easy to find some of the best the Kansas City area has to offer this year. Pumpkins are a classic staple of every fall, and you can find pumpkin everything these days; from pumpkin spiced drinks, pumpkin pastries, pumpkin patches, and more! Drag your favorite fall garb out of the closet and dress cozy for the occasi...

September 3, 2019

Fall will soon be underway in Kansas City and while most of us love the idea of sweater weather, we’re equally charged by the fun of Friday night lights, outdoor fall festivals and breathing in the great outdoors! KC Destinations serves up a great lineup of tailgate options to watch the big games, festivals for the entire family and lots of fun seasonal things to do outside! So, grab your favorite hoodie and head out to enjoy this list of must-do fall fun across the region!

Leavenworth: CAMP Leavenworth Festival, September 20-21
CAMP Leavenworth Festival in Leavenworth, KS: two-day festival that invites everyone to discover their worth.  By cr...

August 19, 2019

The dog days of summer! Kids are going back to school, the lazy, carefree days at the pool are dwindling, and it will soon be time to roll out the fall cozies. Until then, you’ve still got time to soak up the summer sunshine with countless happy hours and imbibing at KC’s local patio hot spots. Whether you prefer a low-key bar and grill, a swanky space to sample the latest mixologist concoction, or a romantic winery for a fancy date night, KC Destinations invites you to enjoy our patio offerings across the metro. Belly up to the bar before summer runs out!

*KC Destinations ALWAYS recommends responsible drinking and NO driving! Call the Uber--i...

July 26, 2019

Kansas City makes for a perfect music destination. With large arenas, intimate venues, amphitheaters and more outdoor concerts and festivals than you can image, it's easy to find your live music fix. It can be hard to stay on top of what all shows are happening in the KC area but luckily we’ve got a few major highlights for you for the next few months. Check them out!

While Kansas City touts a wide range of unforgettable event venues, there’s simply nothing quite like witnessing a concert at Sprint Center, a jaw-dropping facility that operates as one of the busiest arenas in the country. Enjoy stadium seating, premier concessions and an unpar...

June 1, 2019

One of the best ways to explore the Kansas City metropolitan area is to just get in your car and drive.  Hidden all over Kansas City are plenty of natural and beautiful sceneries.  From parks to byways, the area offers an abundance of picturesque places for you and your family to discover.  Check out some of our favorite scenic drives across the KC metro with plenty of things to do along the way!

SHAWNEE, KS Home to a 120-acre lake that features both a beach and a marina, Shawnee Mission Park is a 1,600 acre-park that contains 12 shelters with scenic views. Cruise through the aptly named Beach Road and all along 79th Street, 80th Te...

May 3, 2019

Hello sunshine! The sun is setting later, and trees are blooming bolder; all signs that summer is just around the corner.  Are you hungry for a slice of hot summertime fun?  Well, you're in luck. We’ve cooked up some hot activities including family friendly events, and endless summer nights for the adults.  Kick back, relax, and enjoy your lazy days of summer by participating in any of our must-see events around the metro.  

Outdoor Family Fun!

There are an abundance of activitiesplanned across the Kansas City metro area that will help get you and your family out of the house and exploring the c...

March 1, 2019

Coming to Kansas City soon? Self-proclaimed history buff? Maybe not, but just curious about the KC area’s early history and how the city was first settled? You’re in luck because KC is chock-full of museums and historical attractions that dive deep into all of this. Let’s explore KC’s early days through the various places you can visit!

The Kansas City area’s first residents were the Native American Kansas and Missouria tribes, of which the states Kansas and Missouri get their name! The first western settlers to discover the KC area were French traders and explorers who moved frequently up and down the Missouri River, which runs through presen...

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