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Road trip travel guide: Kansas City

GO TO THE GAME

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For last minute tickets, try calling the Chiefs at 816-920-9400 or visit their website, www.kcchiefs.com. You can also go behind the scenes at Arrowhead on a stadium tour. Self-guided, guided and game-day options are available, with the latter including sideline passes for pre-game activities. See www.goarrowhead.com for more information.  WATCHIf you go to only one sports bar in K.C., it should be Chappell's (323 Armour Road; 816-421-0002; www.chappellsrestaurant.com). This restaurant, bar and sports museum is packed with serious collectors items like Muhammad Ali's gloves and a baseball signed by Babe Ruth, and its owner even has a spot in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. If you prefer to be in the company of Patriots fans, though, head to McFadden's (1330 Grand Blvd.; 816-471-1330; www.mcfaddenskc.com). On Sunday night, you can join members of Patriots Tailgate at this popular Power & Light District bar.EAT Kansas City is known for serving up some seriously good barbecue and there's no better place to get a taste of the tradition than *Arthur Bryant's (1727 Brooklyn Ave.; 816-231-1123; www.arthurbryantsbbq.com).

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Widely considered one of the best barbecue joints in the country, it has welcomed many famous visitors over the years, including Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg and even a few Presidents. Another stop on your food tour should be Oklahoma Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que (3002 W. 47th Ave., Kansas City, Kan.; 913-722-3366; www.oklahomajoesbbq.com), a gas-station-turned-restaurant that's famous for its ribs. If upscale dining is more your style, don't fret; Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue (101 W 22nd St.; 816-531-7427; www.jackstackbbq.com) has you covered. At each of the restaurant's four outposts, you can indulge in ribs, wings and all kinds of smoked meats in a formal atmosphere.SLEEP
There are a few hotels that will put you within walking distance of Arrowhead Stadium, including the Holiday Inn (9103 E. 39th St.; 816-737-4745; www.ihg.com) and Four Points by Sheraton (4011 Blue Ridge Cutoff; 816-353-5399; www.fourpointskansascitysportscomplex.com). Drury Inn & Suites (3830 Blue Ridge Cutoff; 816-923-3000; www.druryhotels.com) is also in the vicinity and offers free food and drinks each evening at 5:30 p.m. – the perfect time to grab a snack before Monday night's matchup. PLAY

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There's tons to do in K.C. beyond the football stadium. The city's main entertainment hub is the Power & Light District(www.powerandlightdistrict.com), a nine-block stretch in the downtown area where you'll even find a little taste of home at Bar Louis and Howl at the Moon. On Saturday, the district is playing host to the KC Beer Fest (www.kc-beerfest.com), a day-long event with live music, food trucks and more than 150 craft beers from around the world. While downtown, you can also explore the shops and restaurants at Country Club Plaza (www.countryclubplaza.com). This upscale neighborhood is known for its Plaza Happy Hours, with special offers at a number of eateries and bars throughout the week.

Kansas City has its fair share of cultural attractions too, including the popular National World War I Museum (100 W. 26th St.; 816-888-8100; www.theworldwar.org), Crossroads Arts District (www.kccrossroads.org) and American Jazz Museum (1616 E. 18th St.; 816-47408463; www.americanjazzmuseum.org).More informationwww.goarrowhead.com
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Photographs courtesy of Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association.
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