Made famous by the movie "Wizard of Oz", Kansas is a city often misunderstood by outsiders, and not visited as often as other US cities. Once a busy port for steamboats travelling up the Missouri River, Kansas is now a major centre for agriculture, and a modern city growing and developing at a great pace. A very different scene than most visitors would expect. Auto Europe offers several car hire pick up locations in Kansas City, Missouri, and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Kansas City is both easy and economical.
Many people do not realise how pleasant a city Kansas is until they finally visit. The city has the 2nd most fountains in the world, outdone only by Rome, and the 2nd most Boulevards in he world after Paris. An excellent city for exploring with a rental car, the city has many attractions for visitors and has retained much of its history. Geographically, Kansas is located in the centre of the United States, and is often called "the Heart of America". Due to the central location of the city, it provides a great stopping point for those travelling across the county by hire car.
A great way to get a feel for the city is to visit Union Station. Park your rental car in the city centre, and explore the station which was built in 1914 and was once the rail link to the rest of the country. Now restored and no longer functioning as a station, here you can find museums, galleries and cafes, all buzzing with life. Near Union Station, you will find the National World War I Museum, one of the first WW1 dedicated museums in the world. Here you can see many displays and artefacts from the days of the war, as well as a massive 200ft high, from the top of which you get a fantastic view of the city.
For history buffs, there are a few other stops to be made in Kansas City, with highly regarded displays. The American jazz Museum is located here, detailing the history of the music, and nearby is the negro leagues Baseball Museum, which details the many African Americans who contributed greatly to the sport. Be sure also to check out the Toy 4 Miniature Museum, where you can see a display of toys, dolls and dollhouses from the past 2 centuries. For the big kids among us, drive your hire car out to the Harley Davidson factory in Kansas, where guided tours are available. The tours will take you through the assembly line and you can see how these magnificent machines are made.
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