Making the list
Kansas City has recently received outstanding mentions in many national lists and articles.
Kansas City placed third overall in America’s Favorite Cities 2014 in Travel + Leisure magazine’s annual survey. The City was in the top five for more than 15 categories including: culture, Christmas lights, free attractions, antiques shopping, boutiques, flea markets, home décor/design stores, cleanliness, good drivers, peace and quiet, friendly, geeky, passionate sports fans, dive bars, barbecue, craft beer and notable restaurants. Other top cities in the survey were Providence, Houston, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Los Angeles.
The Huffington Post also cited Kansas City in a list of 7 Off-The-Grid Travel Destinations Definitely Worth A Visit. “Sure, it’s fun to book a weekend in popular American cities like Miami, New York and Los Angeles. But some of my favorite jaunts are in cities you might not expect,” says the author, who calls out Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, the National World War I and Nelson-Atkins museums and the Negro Leagues Baseball and American Jazz museums.
A New York Times report on Millennials Going to Kansas City, to Live and Work, cites the influence of the streetcar starter line in attracting hundreds of millions of dollars of new residential and retail projects downtown. “Over the last decade, Kansas City’s urban core has become known as a cool place to live instead of a dreary place to drive immediately away from after eight hours at the office,” the article says.
According to a Delta Sky magazine article, Power in the Heartland, Kansas City is entering a new era, bolstered by growth across a range of industries and an urban revitalization that blends innovation and Midwestern can-do character.
Kansas City ranked among the top 10 U.S. cities for volunteering efforts in a report called the “Volunteering and Civic Life in America.” We had the ninth-most volunteer commitments in 2013 with 487,500 volunteers giving 68.2 million hours of service in the last year. According to a summary of the report by the Kansas City Star, nearly one-third of metro residents did some kind of volunteering.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that readers ranked Kansas City in the top five for both burgers and barbecue. But we also won acclaim for our coffee houses, ranking No. 7 out of 22 in America’s Best Coffee Cities by Travel + Leisure. Two establishments mentioned were Parisi Artisan Coffee and Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters.