Lonely Planet Names Kansas City a Top Destination for 2014

It seems unlikely that people who frequent attractions in Kansas City will find themselves alone anytime soon.

Today, travel website Lonely Planet named Kansas City as one of its Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2014. Lonely Planet’s selections were announced on CNN.com earlier today, and Kansas City came in No. 6.

Emily Woman, editor-at-large for Lonely Planet, says the selections represent destinations that, “have new or timely angles that make them prime for visiting in 2014.”

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In announcing Kansas City’s status as a top destination, Lonely Planet cited the city’s fountains, barbecue restaurants and jazz music heritage. Additionally, editors made note of the city’s “vibrant African-American community” and its “intriguing and walkable neighborhoods.” The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, and its significance as the war’s 100-year commemoration approaches, add to Kansas City’s appeal, the editors said.

“Now the entire world knows what we’ve known all along – Kansas City is a friendly, exciting and cosmopolitan city on the rise,” says Jon Stephens, interim president and CEO of the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association. “From festivals and farm-to-table restaurants, to arts and innovation, there’s more to Kansas City than what meets the eye.”

This is the fourth year for the Top U.S. Destinations List, compiled by Lonely Planet’s expert authors and staff based in Oakland, Calif. Founded in 1973, Lonely Planet is the world’s leading travel publisher with more than 100 million guidebooks to date. Its website, LonelyPlanet.com, witnesses more than 14 million visitors each month, with the “Top U.S. Destinations” list among its most-read articles every year.

To read the full article by Lonely Planet, click here. For the coverage on CNN.com, click here.

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