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Kansas City ranks No. 9 in Travel & Leisure’s America’s Favorite Cities list (poll)

Fountain Day ceremonies were held April 14 in Mill Creek Park near the renovated J.C. Nichols Fountain.
Fountain Day ceremonies were held April 14 in Mill Creek Park near the renovated J.C. Nichols Fountain. kmyers@kcstar.com

Interesting architecture? Check.

Sense of history? Check.

Food? Check, check.

Yep, Kansas City has all of the above (and more), which is why it landed the No. 9 spot in Travel & Leisure’s 2015 America’s Favorite Cities survey.

According to the April 24 story, Travel & Leisure readers “voted on dozens of features that make 38 cities special, from museums to bakeries and flea markets.” Then the editors combined those results with rankings for characteristics such as “interesting architecture, pedestrian-friendly streets, quaint bookstores, a sense of history and a friendly atmosphere” to come up with America’s most charming cities.

For Kansas City, the magazine wrote: “The Missouri city likely made the charming top 10 in part for its interesting slice of Americana: the Hallmark empire began here — quaintly, with some postcards being sold out of a shoe box — and you can explore that past at the free Hallmark Visitors Center.” Also noted were our lovely and soothing water fountains.

The top spots went to Charleston, S.C., (1) and New Orleans (2).

But we are ahead of New York (10) and San Francisco (11).

What’s your favorite thing about Kansas City? Vote in our poll (mobile users tap here).

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