Roadtrip Destination: Kansas City
San Francisco Giants vs. Royals: April 18th & 19th
Don’t drive there. It’s literally driving to Denver, then 10 hrs of driving through absolutely boring, flat, brown empty space. Imagine the drive down I-5 to Los Angeles, but subtract the mountains or any natural beauty along the way. Especially with the time of year (spring), probably not a great idea to drive through tornado country. Anyways, KANSAS CITY IS AWESOME. I live there. I didn’t leave it last for that reason though. Kansas City is a special place in the hearts of many of those in the Giants organization, especially with the final out of the 2014 World Series taking place there.
This is not a plea to come see me, or join me as the lone Giants fan in the region (kidding, I have connected with plenty, we’ll see you at “The K” in April). This is a plea to come visit what is truly a remarkable city. Be grateful the series isn’t in June or July though, because the humidity will likely deter you from having any fun in the summer, especially if you aren’t used to that. Alright, here is what KC has to offer!
What Kansas City has to Offer
Kansas City has plenty to offer by way of food and entertainment. The Giants are only here for two days though, so take a third or fourth day and explore what KC has to offer! Kansas City is home to the official World War One memorial in the United States. From the top of the monument, you are provided with a beautiful view of the Kansas City sprawl. Another fantastic area is the Crown Center and the Plaza. The Nelson-Atkins Art Museum is something that you should really check out as well. If you want a much more trendy take on downtown KC, you can head towards Westport or the River Market.
Come Really Hungry
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Kansas City is known for its BBQ, and boy does it live up to the hype. I would encourage going to the original Oklahoma Joes (now Joe’s KC), but none of the satellite locations. Arthur Bryants, and Gates BBQ are the two that I would go for as far as cheaper BBQ options are concerned. If you’re looking for high-class bbq, Fiorella’s Jack Stack on the Plaza is a must. The Royal Crown Ribs are possibly the best ribs I’ve ever had, but would encourage trying burnt ends at least once.
Ballpark food options in KC are full of BBQ options. You can’t go wrong with any of their brisket or burnt ends sandwhiches. Topsy’s Popcorn is also a cult favorite, but it’s just about as good of popcorn you’ll get in any other ballpark (I type this as my wife gives me a trumpian “WRONG” from across the room).
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