5 Budget Travel Tips for Tourists in Kansas City, Missouri
They don’t call Missouri the “Show Me State” for nothing. Tourists experiencing Kansas City for the first time are treated to the state’s best dining, entertainment, cultural and historical attractions in a city continually buzzing with activity throughout the year. For budget travelers, Kansas City doesn’t disappoint with affordable hotels like the Embassy Suites Kansas City-Plaza and convenient transportation to get you in, out, and around the city. The following tips can help you make the most of a Kansas City trip on a budget.
1. Finding the Right Hotel for the Right Price
With 32,000 hotel rooms — 2,000 of them within an easy walk from the city’s convention center — Kansas City has plenty of places to rest your head at night. The question becomes where to find the best hotel for the price.
Hipmunk, the world’s fastest growing travel site, offers a convenient way to compare rates for Kansas City hotels at a glance. Visitation peaks during the warmer season months of June through September, and with summer comes festivals and events attracting hundreds of tourists. The early spring and mid to late fall not only bring much cooler temperatures, but also more room options and cheaper hotel rates.
And the hotel scene here is always evolving, with upgrades at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center as just one example of the attention being paid to creating the best visitor experience this side of the Mississippi.
2. Finding the Free Attractions
Those seeking to control their spending don’t have to worry about Kansas City holding back on the free attractions. A number of attractions are free, including the Hallmark Visitor Center at Crown Center, the City Hall Observation Deck, the kid-friendly Penguin Park, and The Money Museum at Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Check the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association’s website, visitkc.com, for a full list.
3. Choosing Your Transportation Carefully
Kansas City is a big place, and to get around efficiently means thinking about where you’ll be staying. Staying at downtown hotels like the Holiday Inn Kansas City Downtown-Aladdin makes it easy to hop on public transportation to get where you need to be downtown. For hotels outside the downtown area, securing a rental car is cheaper than using taxi services.
4. Craving Cheap Eats in Kansas City
If you’re into barbecue, you’re in the right place. Kansas City is barbecue central, with tons of great places to please your palate. Kcrestaurantguide.com keeps a running list of deals and discounts at Kansas City restaurants, and it’s a good place to start your search. Always call the restaurant to make sure they’ll honor the coupon or discount advertised before you visit.
5. Finding Budget-Friendly Fun at Festivals
Those wishing to economize their entertainment spending should consult kanascityonthecheap.com, a website resource for “freebies, discounts, and deals.” Again, always be sure to call the attraction or venue ahead of your visit to make sure the discount or deal you found will be honored.
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Author Bio: Michael Vyskocil is a travel writer who enjoys writing about unique people, places, and things to do in locales across the country. His tourism and travel industry marketing experience includes writing for Hipmunk, where he is currently working on Hipmunk’s City Love Project. Michael’s tourism career spans more than seven years in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, at visitor destinations such as the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, and the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum.
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