Kansas City is no longer the cow town it once was, but it holds its cowboy heritage dear, with many local traditions. Most notable is the American Royal, which hosts rodeos, agricultural competitions and education through programs and the American Royal Museum.
Begin with a visit to Powell Gardens Heartland Harvest Garden (1609 NW US Hwy. 50, Kingsville, MO, 816.697.2600, www.PowellGardens.org). Set on 12 acres, the Heartland Harvest Garden is the largest edible landscape in the United States.
Setting records, Schlitterbahn is home to the world’s tallest, fastest and steepest waterslide, Verrückt. This outdoor water park features water roller coasters, rapid river rides, great water attractions and a kid section for young visitors.
The center of the United States boasts the convergence of the melting pot that America is and truly offers something for everyone: world-class museums, hip historic districts, delicious dining and Midwestern charm. Kansas City, there truly is no place like home, and home is where the heart of our adventure begins….