A Championship Weekend in Kansas City

I just had a championship weekend in Kansas City, Missouri full of BBQ, history, and the AFC Championship game! This was my 4th time in Kansas City and first since the 2014 World Series that featured the Kansas City Royals. This time around it was the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium…and it was awesome!

The atmosphere at Arrowhead is college-like. It’s said to be the loudest stadium in the NFL, and I can attest it is very loud! I got some killer seats right off the 15-yard line about 20 rows from the field. In the end, the Cincinnati Bengals made an improbable comeback to shock the Chiefs and advance to the Super Bowl and what a game it was!

In my 3 days in Kansas City, I literally ate BBQ three times. I ate at the legendary Arthur Bryant’s; a place where many Presidents have dined. I ate at Gates BBQ for the first time and a fancy newcomer, Jack Stack that I absolutely loved! But you cannot go wrong with BBQ in Kansas City. In my opinion, it’s the best BBQ in America and I’ve eaten a lot of it all over the country!

I also finally got to visit the incredible Negro Leagues Museum. It’s the finest collection of Negro Leagues history in the world. As a baseball fanatic, I was blown away by how interesting and well done it was. I learned so much that I didn’t previously know and would recommend anyone to check it out if you’re in Kansas City.

In nearby Independence, Missouri I also finally got to visit the Harry Truman Presidential Museum. It was another amazingly informative museum that documented his unlikely rise to President of the United States toward the end of World War II. I once again, learned a ton about his critical decisions that helped to end the War and about his life in general. I love that kind of stuff.

I stayed at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. It’s a centrally located hotel close to just about everything. It was also one of the central hotels for the AFC Championship game with a ton of both Bengals and Chiefs fans staying there. I felt lucky to get a room.

The wide-open common area was a great place to hang out with other fans, have some drinks, food and watch the other games on TV. Many new and renovated Marriott’s are great for the open common space, it just makes it feel more at home and communal. I always love staying in hotels for events that everyone stays at; it just makes it more exciting. Plus the room was very comfortable and a good size.

This was also my first time adding an Allianz Travel Insurance policy when I booked a Marriott property right on the Marriott app! It was super easy. Did you know you can add on an Allianz insurance policy when booking your Marriott stay? Coverage is for all guests staying in the room and covers non-refundable expenses such as airfare, travel delays, and medical emergencies. Check out some more information here.

Kansas City has become an NFL hotbed in recent years because of the success and popularity of the Chiefs and their young, talented nucleus. But there’s more to KC than just sports. Rest assured; you’re not going to lose any weight in Kansas City but it sure is a great place to pig out!

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  1. Shawn Harper says

    I like KC too — it is on my personal list of top undervalued cities in the USA. Climate sux though.

    Pittsburgh is also on my list.

    I am wondering why no writing on Virginia (I live in the Richmond metro) and also nothing about Upstate, NY — I of course am a big fan of NYC (I am from the Hudson Valley) — I have traveled enough that I have not only learned that Upstate has a lot of geographic richness (I certainly miss all the huge glacial lakes!!) but it shocks me that there are some pretty amazing places that I have not been to yet. For instance, I took a friend of mine from college, who knows a HELL of a lot about Eastern NYS, including NYC, through the Adrks to the Thousand Islands, a place we had never been to before. Rochester has some very interesting geography to its west that is a State Park that I have to visit. Watkins Glen SP is so cool that I’ve been there at least 4 times, once camping.

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