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Kansas City is so rich with history and is bustling with energy today. We've highlighted some major points in Kansas City's beginning and also some things to explore today!

History of Kansas City

During the American Civil War, Confederate soldiers made taking Kansas City a top priority. While the Confederates won the First Battle of Independence in fall 1862, they were unable to occupy the city thanks to heavy Union fortification. The Second Battle of Independence saw another Confederate victory but the tide had turned. The following day, the Confederates were defeated at the Battle of Westport and efforts to take Kansas City ended.

Kansas City Today

Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri and the sixth largest city in the entire Midwest. Boasting a population of over 475,000, it's also in the top 50 largest cities in the United States. Located on Missouri's western border, Kansas City has taken part in a good amount of American history. Loaded with plenty of things to do and amazing places to eat, this is one city that truly has everything you need for a fantastic vacation.

Things to do in Kansas City

Along with its history in the American Civil War, Kansas City is home to the National World War I Museum and Memorial. The museum covers the war in its entirety and teaches visitors how the first Great War led to the second. From a look at the battlefields to the lives of volunteers to the Liberty Memorial Tower, this historical museum provides an in-depth look you can't find anywhere else.

For something a little more lighthearted, pay a visit to the Kansas City Zoo. Featuring animal shows, zoo rides, and animals of all kinds, taking a child-friendly adventure around the world can be accomplished in a single day.

Need a new place for dinner?

After a day in the city, stop for a bite to eat at Q39, one of the premier restaurants Kansas City has to offer. Featuring classic American barbecue, it's the perfect spot for families with children as well as special events and gatherings.

For a classy evening, reserve a table at The Capital Grille for fine dining you'll never forget. This steakhouse offers American cuisine and with private dining and valet parking, it's one of the highest-class restaurants in Kansas City, Missouri.

It's time to start exploring Kansas City!

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