Signature City Kansas City: Jazz, Architecture, Arts and BBQ
Discover the many faces of Kansas City, from jazz clubs to BBQ joints, from its Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to grand institutions of art, enjoy it all in the “Paris of the Plains.”
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Program No. 21810RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Combine all the fountains in Rome with more boulevards than Paris, throw in more than 100 BBQ joints and top it off with some stompin’ jazz and you’ve got Kansas City. Spend a week in the “Paris of the Plains” discovering its attention-grabbing neighborhoods, rich African American history, world-class museums and lively jazz clubs. Venture across the city with local experts who share their love and knowledge of this Midwest gem. Along the way, tap your toes to live jazz and stimulate your mind and your taste buds as you learn the secrets of the best BBQ in the country.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to 1.5 miles on just one day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the historical anchors of Kansas City’s black culture on expert-led visits to the American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
  • Hear trade secrets from BBQ experts inside a family-owned BBQ sauce factory and sample area styles at two different BBQ joints.
  • Explore the Kansas City home and studio of the late artist Thomas Hart Benton to see how he and his family lived, and study the life and times of Harry Truman at his Presidential Library in Independence.
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Ray Starzmann
Ray Starzmann is on the staff of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A native of Philadelphia, he attended Girard College and later earned a political science degree from Park University in Parkville, Missouri. Ray met and visited with President Harry Truman on several occasions. A veteran Chautauqua performer, he has portrayed Truman numerous times throughout Missouri and across the country.
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Ray Starzmann

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