Named for a 1931 Art Deco tower, Kansas City's Power and Light District spans eight blocks (between 12th Street and Truman Road on the north and south, respectively; and Baltimore and Grand avenues on the west and east) rife with shops, restaurants, nightspots, green spaces and theaters—including the KC Live! amphitheater.
Foodwise, you've got a lot of choices, although most are chains. Or cruise the aisles at the massive Cosentino's, the largest branch of a locally owned chain of grocery stores, so big it really is an adventure to visit. Or have a cold one at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium or Gordon Biersch Brewery.
As for entertainment, there's a multiplex, shows at the historic Midland Theatre and a variety of nightspots. If a show's not playing at the PBR Big Sky Club, where waitresses wear bikinis and chaps, you can always ride the mechanical bull.
Most district businesses validate parking, lowering the charge to $2; otherwise, expect to pay $5 to $10 (although if you come during the day, it's free in places). If you're staying over, try the Hilton President or the Holiday Inn Aladdin, which maintains a historic feel but comes loaded with amenities.