Subject: Kansas City

As always, it depends on what your friends appreciate. I would try the Nelson Atkins Museum, which has a large collection of indoor and outdoor Henry Moore sculptures. I think it also has a recognized collection of Asian art. The Kemper Mesuem of Contemporary Art is small but interesting and worth some time.

The Country Club Plaza is a pleasant outdoor shopping area that has live music 2-3 times a week. It has the usual collection of U.S. retailers and a good assortment of restaurants. And speaking of food, it wouldn't be KC without steaks and BBQ. Arthur Bryant's is the most famous, but I would not send a visitor to that part of town. I like Jack's Stack on Metcalf (around 92nd Street); everyone loves the food there, although some people think it is too upscale for BBQ (not in price but in surroundings).

The Hallmark Center is supposed to be interesting and it is within walking distance of Union Station, a renovated train station that now houses science exhibits, shops and restaurants. The station is grand in the style of buildings like Grand Central Station. I hope this helps. Ed in KC (for now)