March Madness is upon us! The Big 12 Basketball Tournament is among the most popular sporting events of the year. Basketball fans travel all over the country to cheer on their favorite teams as they compete for the title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. If you’re coming to Kansas City to see the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship, you’ll want to make the most of your stay. Kansas City boasts numerous fine lodgings, unique local restaurants, a vibrant nightlife, and plenty of entertainment.
This year’s tournament takes place in the Sprint Center downtown from March 12-15. There are several great hotels in the area that love to host visiting college ball fans. The Marriot Downtown, the Hilton President Kansas City, Holiday Inn Aladdin, and the Savoy Hotel are some of the most popular destinations. All of them are located in unique historical buildings and offer the best modern amenities to meet your needs. You can also choose from numerous hotels in the wider Kansas City area; many are located just minutes from downtown.
If you’re flying in, you’ll need to arrange transportation. Kansas City is almost impossible to navigate without a car, and parking can be a challenge downtown—especially near the Sprint Center. Your best bet is booking a chauffeur-driven SUV from a local ground transportation company such as Overland Chauffeured Services. Not only will your chauffeur meet you at the airport and take you directly to your hotel, he’ll also drop you off at the front door of the Sprint Center for the games and pick you up whenever you like. No parking, no fees, no hassle.
Your evenings will be occupied with Big 12 college basketball, but you’ll have plenty of time during the day to explore the city and try great restaurants. Your chauffeur-driven SUV allows you to travel around the city in style and comfort while you relax and enjoy the sights. Sports fans are sure to love Kansas City’s renowned Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has an excellent permanent exhibit and showcases several new pieces throughout the year. (Make sure to check out the massive shuttlecocks on the green while you’re there.) History buffs will want to spend hours poring over the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial. There are so many things to do that you may find yourself running short on time! Make sure to check out the local scene before you arrive so you can create a travel itinerary.
The historical Boulevard Brewing Co. is another popular tourist destination. The brewing company welcomes guests, offering educational tours as well as special tastings (call for tour availability and reservations). Wine connoisseurs will appreciate Tannin Wine Bar, which serves gourmet food along with a delectable wine list. For a something totally different, visit Oklahoma Joe’s, where you’ll find some of the best barbecue in the world. (Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain named it one of the top 13 places to eat before you die.)
After the games, you’ll be ready to go out on the town and enjoy the nightlife. The Kansas City Power & Light District has many trendy restaurants and bars. The Country Club Plaza is quiet and upscale if you prefer something more reserved. Westport is laid back and affordable with plenty of character. You’ll find some of Kansas City’s most treasured establishments there. The historic Jazz District at 18th and Vine is another crowd pleaser. Almost anywhere you go in Kansas City, you’ll be able to enjoy great food, drink specials, and live local music. Your chauffeur is happy to take you wherever you want to go. Enjoy your stay in Kansas City!
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