Magazine article VFW Magazine

City of Fountains Welcomes VFW

Magazine article VFW Magazine

City of Fountains Welcomes VFW

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Those of you attending VFW's 119th National Convention in Kansas City, Mo., July 21-25, will be glad you did. Located in the heart of America, Kansas City continues to evolve, making it a superb travel destination. Most importantly, it's home to VFW National Headquarters. While the business of convention is of the utmost importance, the "Paris of the Plains" has a lot to offer convention-goers.

Unlike the last time VFW held its convention in Kansas City, in 2007, a new streetcar is in place to make getting around town much easier. Before your visit, check out to see the restaurants and hotels along the route. If you still are undecided about whether to attend the convention, perhaps the sites featured in this article, some of which feature your fellow VFW members who work at VFW National Headquarters in Kansas City, will convince you.


This 15-block district about three miles south of downtown Kansas City features more than 150 shops and dozens of restaurants and bars. Most impressively, the Plaza is like an outdoor art museum, with Spanish architecture and European art. Designed in 1922 as the nation's first suburban shopping district, the Plaza has a statue of Sir Winston Churchill and replicas of two of Spain's landmarks - the Giralda Tower and the Seville Light. In a quiet courtyard sits an original bronze of the Roman goddess Pomona by Italian sculptor Donatello Gabrielli.

Running along the Plaza is Brush Creek, where gondola rides are offered through Ambiance on the Water (www. Rides last from 20 to 35 minutes and are a good way to end the day.


Coffee drinkers will delight in a visit to The Roasterie. With a DC-3 aircraft hoisted atop the factory (it's the compa- ny's logo), you can't miss it. Take a tour of where the coffee is produced by reserving your spot online. Each tour takes about 45 minutes. Tours are offered twice per day Monday through Friday, five times each day on Saturday and once on Sunday. Be sure to visit the gift shop and enjoy a Roasterie coffee and a pastry at the café.


If you are traveling to Kansas City with children, Crown Center is a must-see. From the LEGOLAND Discovery Center to the Sea Life aquarium to the myriad eateries, it's a fun place to visit for people of all ages. Crown Center is a block east of the streetcar's southern terminus.

The Crown Center Square Fountain has 48 water shooters that spout up to 60 feet in the air. Watching the dancing water shows synchronized to music recorded by members of the Kansas City Symphony is a nice way to unwind after a day of convention business.


Located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, the Power & Light District has more than 50 restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment venues. …

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