Kansas City, Weston and Lawrence made the Best of the Midwest 2014 lists of the AAA Midwest Traveler magazine.
The July-August edition lists what readers picked as the best places to visit, stay, shop, dine, enjoy music and have fun in the Midwest. The American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum were selected as the best Kansas City attraction.
“This combination is such an incredible gem,” the magazine notes. “Jazz runs through Kansas City’s veins, and the museum does a great job interpreting its history. And any baseball fan needs to see the Negro Leagues museum. This American story, which was a huge part of the Midwest in the 1920s and ’30s, is presented honorably.”
The Country Club Plaza also made the list of the best Kansas City attractions. “Readers also liked the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Arabia Steamboat Museum,” the magazine notes.
Weston was picked as the best small town in Missouri, offering great shopping, a winery, brewery and good places to eat.
Lawrence was chosen as the best small town in Kansas, even though it’s pretty big with 90,000 people by Sunflower State standards. “Readers also liked Atchison and Manhattan,” the magazine said.
Chicago, St. Louis, St. Charles, Mo., Branson, Mo., Springfield, Mo., French Lick, Ind., and Indianapolis also had places that readers had picked in the fifth annual listing.