Hotel at a Glance: The 435 Overland Park Place Hotel
The 435 Overland Park Place Hotel offers easy highway access to Kansas City, Missouri, just 18 miles to the north. With this getaway, you can enjoy an appetizer and two drinks at the onsite restaurant, 435 Bar and Grill, open daily from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 435 Bar and Grill is also open for breakfast daily from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Guest-room amenities: microwave, fridge, and free WiFi
- Stay fit: exercise room and seasonal outdoor pool
- Home run: Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals, is just 17 miles away.
Kansas City, Missouri: Barbecue, Jazz, and Nightlife
It’s a quick, 18-mile jaunt from the suburb of Overland Park, Kansas, to Kansas City, Missouri. In Kansas City, the ratio of fountains to barbecue joints is roughly 2:1—as in, 200-plus public fountains and more than 90 restaurants where you can order the city’s signature slow-smoked meat. Though Kansas City is known for its aquatic architecture and barbecue, it has also evolved into an artistic hub. Here, you’ll find a legendary history of jazz and blues, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, prized for its European paintings and Imperial Chinese art. Add a die-hard sports community and a downtown area named one of America’s best by Forbes magazine, and the at-times overlooked Kansas City has all the makings of a memorable getaway: culture, Midwestern charm, and an endless supply of sauce-slathered ribs.
Though the storied jazz scene continues to thrive in numerous clubs around 18th and Vine, it’s the flashy Power & Light District that draws a fashionable late-night crowd. This nine-block neighborhood in the middle of downtown is home to more than 50 shops, restaurants, and bars. If the weather is warm, head to the open-air rooftop lounge at Elements or The Jones for a drink under the moonlight.