Kansas City Travel Guides: Exploring KC on the Cheap

Kansas City is most famous for its thriving jazz scene, barbecue joints, and myriad of fountains, but there is much more to this city than first meets the eye. Dodge the tourist traps and you will uncover a culturally rich metropolis that makes for an excellent getaway destination that won’t break the bank.

Voted by Travel and Leisure Magazine as the most affordable vacation hotspot in America, it’s easy to find cheap hotels in Kansas City and low-cost flights to the area. Get creative and follow these simple tips for a fabulously frugal trip to KC.

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Kansas City view from the Scout Sculpture

Affordable Accommodation

Kansas City has rooms available from just $30 a night! Budget travelers will like the cheap rooms and convenient location of the Comfort Inn and Suites Downtown. If you need a hotel near the airport then check in to the Fairfield Inn by Marriott and fly with ease.

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For a more unique stay, why not rent a spare bedroom? Airbnb allows hosts to list spare rooms, couches, and even tents in their garden to travelers who are looking for affordable rooms and the chance to connect with locals. Use Hipmunk to compare all Airbnb listings in Kansas City at the click of a button.

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The JC Nichols Fountain, Kansas City

Cheap Flights to Kansas City

Kansas City International Airport is located 15 miles from downtown KC, and it is home to 15 airlines who operate non-stop flights to 51 destinations. Check out Spirit Airlines and Delta for some cheap flights to Kansas City. Affordable flights can be found all year round, but if you’re looking for bargain deals then search for midweek flights and avoid major holidays.

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Economical Eats

For tasty food at a great price, dine at Aladdin’s Cafe, which serves up fresh Greek, Mediterranean, and Middle-Eastern inspired cuisine and an extremely refreshing rosewater lemonade. Food trucks are also big business in the city, and they are a good way to grab some grub without having to make a reservation. Check the Kansas City Website for information on food trucks in the area, or take a look at this site for discount deals and coupons.

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The Blue Room, Kansas City

Sightseeing on a Shoestring

Start your trip by strolling the historic streets of 18th and Vine. This swanky neighborhood is home to one of the most famous Jazz clubs in the world, the Blue Room, as well as the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

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Kansas City has a thing for fountains, with over 200 of them dotted in and around the city. Perhaps the most photographed fountain is the impressive J.C Nichols Memorial Fountain with its 40-foot geyser and four beautifully sculpted horsemen.

For the best (free) views of the city and beyond, visit the Art Deco inspired city hall and take the elevator up to the Observation Deck.

Have you visited Kansas City before? Share your budget travel tips in the comment section below. Happy travels!

About the author

Alisha Smith is a writer with a serious case of wanderlust. She’s most likely to be found road tripping up the West Coast or sipping coconut water on a beach in Bali.

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