Kansas City is a sprawling city situated on the border of Missouri and Kansas, known as the City of Fountains for its incredible number of fountains second only to Rome. The city is a midwestern hub for arts, culture and technology, home to the Nelson-Atkins Musuem of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Starlight Theatre and the Kansas City Symphony, located at the exquisite Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Many well known companies call Kansas City home, including Hallmark, Sprint, Cerner, H&R Block, and Garmin.
Recently, Kansas City was chosen as the flagship city for Google's new internet service, Google Fiber, a venture aimed at making gigabit residential, business and academic internet both common and affordable. The city also has a lively student population thanks to its many colleges and universities, including the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Rockhurst University, and the Kansas City Art Institute, among others.
And of course, no visit to Kansas City is complete without sampling the city's legendary barbeque and locally brewed Boulevard beer.
Browse the tabs to explore a small sampling of Kansas City points of interest!
The Conference venue is The Student Union at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) located at 5100 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.
The nearest parking garage is the Oak Street Parking Garage at 5001 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64110. See this map for additional details.
Below is a list of some hotels near the conference venue:
(Please note that minimum rates may be less
if you book far into advance, depending on the hotel)
* Taxes should be estimated around 17%.
The hotels listed will provide you with a nice walk through the city. If you do not wish to walk, please see the Transportation tab below for information about Kansas City's public bus system.
From the Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
For ground transportation from MCI (Kansas City Airport) to the Country Club Plaza, the Super Shuttle is available. The price is approximately 20 USD. Further information about the airport's ground transportation can be found here. Taxi service is also available but will be considerably more expensive than a shuttle (around 60 USD).
The Main MAX Bus Line
The Main MAX public bus line can fulfill most or all of your transportation needs within Kansas City. It operates daily along Main Street, including stops within short walking distance to any hotel recommended above, as well as the conference venue at UMKC. Fares are 1.50 USD per person. Tips for riding the Main Max can be found here.
When paying your bus fare, you may use (USD) coins, $1, $5, $10, or $20 bills. Cash change for overpayment will not be issued. Instead, if you provide more than your required fare you will receive a Change Card with the overage which can be debited for subsequent fares. Since the change card cannot be redeemed for cash, most riders choose to provide the exact fare.
Main Max 3-Day Pass
You can purchase a Visitor's Pass for unlimited rides over a 3-Day period for 10 USD. The pass can only be purchased online and cannot be shipped outside the U.S.
If you are an international visitor and would like to acquire a Main MAX 3-Day bus pass, please contact us to arrange shipment. We can hold your pass for you until you arrive in Kansas City.
Please review the weekday bus schedule if you plan to utilize the Main MAX.
Map cropped to highlight the Plaza area of town. Full bus route map is available here.
Car rental is available at Kansas City International Airport. Use of a car will not be necessary if you select a hotel close to the venue and either walk or take the bus, but it can be convenient. Unlike many large cities, public parking ample in Kansas City. Please let us know if you plan to drive to the venue as on-campus parking will have to be arranged.
Car Rental Services (available at Kansas City International Airport)