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One of Kansas City's most popular places to dine, shop, movie watch or simply just walk around is the Country Club Plaza. This outdoor shopping district offers mostly chain stores (Anthropologie, Gap and the like), hotels and eateries, but also a handful of high-end shops like Michael Kors and Coach. The biggest draw here, though, is the architecture. The plaza boasts Spanish-style fountains (modeled after those in Seville), tiles and statues that fill the district and make for some excellent photo ops.

Recent patrons said Country Club Plaza, while not all that exciting, is something visitors should take at least a stroll through to enjoy the fountains and expertly designed buildings.

You'll find Country Club Plaza just south of Westport. Parking is available for free on-site in nearby garages, plus there's a bike-share station at Ward Parkway and Broadway. Additional information, including a directory of stores and restaurants, can be found on the plaza's website.

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#1 Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art appeals to many kinds of visitors, such as little kids who appreciate the giant badminton birdie installations (four 18-foot shuttlecocks, to be exact) on the ... Read more » Courtesy of Visit KC

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