Travel + Leisure ranks KC as nation’s most affordable getaway

05/21/2013 1:04 PM

05/21/2013 1:04 PM

Travel + Leisure magazine just provided a shot in the arm to Kansas City’s economy.

The publication this week ranked Kansas City the most affordable getaway in the nation, based on a survey of readers who ranked 35 cities based on qualities such as fine dining and cultural offerings.

As an affordable getaway the magazine said Kansas City is one of the “few cities where hotel prices have stayed the same or even dropped in the past year.” The magazine said that according to Kayak.com, the average summer rate here is $137 a night.

In addition, the magazine said sightseeing also remains a great value: “You’ll get in free at three of Kansas City’s main art museums as well as two-fun factory style tours at Hallmark Cards Inc. and Boulevard Brewing Co.”

However, the clincher for Kansas City was once again its reputation for being a barbeque mecca. “KC won the survey for its budget-minded slow-smoked barbecue,” the magazine said. For example, a classic burnt ends sandwich at Danny Edwards’ Boulevard BBQ is just $5.99, according to the report.

Rounding out the top five cities in the survey were Nashville, Tenn; San Antonio, Minneapolis, and Memphis.

Also, this week a survey released by TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. said 78 percent of Americans plan to take a summer vacation despite ongoing economic uncertainties.

One in four survey respondents said they plan to spend more money on their summer travel this year compared to the last five years. Fifty-five percent will spend the same, the survey said.

In addition, nearly half of the respondents plan to travel more than 400 miles from home to visit U.S. destinations. Another 29 percent plan to travel abroad.

“While uncertainty remains, there have been good indicators that the economy is getting stronger aned Americans are starting to feel more optimistic,” said Carrie Braxdale, managing director of investor services at the Omaha-based firm.

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