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Get local perspectives and travel tips from people who live, work and play in Kansas City, KS!

Author: Rebekah Baughman

Rebekah is the Marketing & Events Coordinator for the Kansas City Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a BS in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communications. As a Kansas City, KS native, Rebekah considers herself very well-versed on all the unique components that make her hometown so great. She’s done her part as a tourism advocate for many years by working in hospitality, retail and the service industry. She’s also worked with various nonprofits across the metro area, including the Junior League of Wyandotte & Johnson Counties. When she’s not promoting tourism through the KCK CVB, you can find Rebekah spending time with her family, attending concerts and catching Sporting KC matches, or setting off on culinary adventures throughout the city.

You can contact Rebekah Baughman at Rebekah@visitkansascityks.com.

 

August 29th marks what would be the 100th birthday of the Kansas City, KS born Jazz legend Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. Known for his smooth alto saxophone, Parker was a highly influential soloist and leading musician in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, technique, and advanced harmonies.

Charlie Parker

Parker was raised in KCMO, near the Westport area. He began playing sax at the young age of 11 and later joined his school band at Lincoln High School. He left school in

High & Dry

You'll see a lot of friendly, local faces in Kansas City, KS. Here's a couple to remember! Emily and Jordan Fox, owners of High and Dry Cactus Co.

1) High and Dry Cactus Co. is a first of its kind for Kansas City, KS. Tell us about what sparked the idea to open up your shop and show room?

My wife and I fell in love with our neighborhood immediately upon moving into our house, and felt that because of our passion for our part of KCK, we wanted to add to it in a small way. Our property

Kansas City, KS is a place rooted in inclusion and diversity. Over the years, we have been no stranger to struggle and hardship. We honor and celebrate our diverse make up. We stand against racism and in solidarity with those seeking a more inclusive and just world. Here is a list of restaurants, historical sites, art and tourism businesses you can check out to honor and help support the Black history and community of KCK.  

You may not have known Kansas City, KS is home to more than 40 parks, featuring all kinds of amenities for play, relaxation, and enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors. Staying true to the "nature" of Kansas City, KS, many of these parks also share stories of explorers and trailblazers who helped shape the city. Whether you're looking for fresh air, adventure, family togetherness or even  to learn something new, you can use this guide as a quick reference for 12 of our fabulous parks found all throughout Kansas City.

It may seem like good news is hard to find right now. However, during a time of crisis many KCK locals and businesses have stepped up to help those in need. Here is your roundup of good things that happened in Kansas City, KS this week.

Holiday Inn Express

The Kansas City Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau spent U.S. Travel Associations's National Travel & Tourism Week (May 3-9) honoring hospitality frontline workers throughout Kansas City. The team kicked off the week sponsoring Tamales for Restaurant Workers, a

Restaurant and hospitality workers play a vital role in our local tourism industry. You'll recognize their familiar faces all throughout Kansas City, KS. Here's one to remember! Meet Andi Ryan, Director of Hospitality at J. Rieger Co. and Kansas City, KS local.

Andi RyanShare a little about your experience in the hospitality industry...

I began working in the service industry as a host when I was 15 years old and never turned back. I have waited tables, bartended and managed through the years at a