The majority of the city is located within the borders of the U.S. state of Missouri, while a small portion of the city’s northern districts are situated in the U.S. state of Kansas. Therefore, the city of Kansas is in fact home to two states. It is also the largest city in the state of Missouri along with St. Louis. The city was founded at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers in 1838 and was initially named ‘Kansas Town’. It reached its current boundaries in 1853 and became a city. The name of the city means ‘people of the south wind’ in Sioux native language. It was ranked 9th among the ‘10 Most Comfortable Liveable Cities’ in the 2010 Forbes Magazine.
Kansas City, known for its barbecue and steak, is home to Kansas City Public Library, which has gained international fame for its architecture. An old education building in the city was transformed into what is now known as the Kansas City Public Library. The giant book spines cover the exterior walls of the library. The building that was put into service in 2004 is among the most extraordinary buildings in terms of design and architecture. The city is one of the cradles of jazz and blues in the United States. The American Jazz Museum is a centre of attraction for the foreign jazz and blues enthusiasts.
The annually organised ‘Kansas City Zombie Walk’ is very popular among citizens. Kansas City also has its own ‘Secret Santa Tradition’ since 1981. It was revealed that Larry Stewart, the first Secret Santa, donated approximately 1 million dollars to people in need when he died in 2007. Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Toys and Miniature Museum, American Jazz Museum, Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, and the Kansas City Statue of Liberty are among the city’s major attractions. The climate is mild in Kansas City. Kansas City International Airport is located 24 kilometres northwest of the city.
You can easily reach the city centre from Kansas City International Airport by taxi. Those who prefer public transportation can take the metrobus. There are also private shuttle services that depart from the airport to different areas of the city. If a more comfortable mode of transportation is preferred, you can rent a vehicle or a limousine in the city.
You can use the courtesy phones installed in the main points of the airport to call for a taxi. The taxi starting rate is 2.5 dollars, and 2.1 dollars is added to each additional mile travelled. The taxi ride to the city centre will on average last 20 minutes.
There are 8 car rental companies located in the airport. Renting a vehicle suitable to your budget will not only make it easier to reach the city centre, but will add greater freedom for the entirety of your trip. You can also rent a vehicle with a chauffeur if you wish. If you are in the look-out for something extraordinary, you can take advantage of the almost 30 limousine companies in the airport.
You can easily reach the city centre from the airport via metrobus. A one-way ticket costs 1.5 dollars. If planning to use public transportation during your trip, ensure to carry change with you. The metrobus only accepts ‘punch cards’, or cash, and because change is not provided, it is advisable to pay the exact amount. The driver can provide you with a card that needs ‘topping-up’ for a fee of 75 cents.
There are 20 different shuttle service companies operating from the airport to different areas of the city. Some of them demand booking in advance.