The Missouri and Kansas rivers meet at this shopping and racing destination (population: 146,000).

NASCAR visits the track in the spring and fall. Photo courtesy VisitKC

What to do

Kansas Speedway NASCAR visits the track in spring and fall. Call to schedule a tour. (866) 460-7223;

Legends Outlets/Kansas City You'll find upscale chain stores and restaurants at an open-air shopping mecca. (913) 788-3700;

Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center An eclectic museum, housed in an opulent 1887 home, covers the house's history and the cultures of regional immigrants. (913) 371-3264;

Where to eat

Arthur Bryant's Barbeque Made world-famous by a master of smoke, the tasty burnt ends are legendary. (913) 788-7500;

Fritz's Railroad Restaurant A little train delivers food; try the great burgers and onion rings. (913) 281-2777;

Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Que It's nothing fancy, but the restaurant has a reputation for some of the best brisket, pulled pork, ribs and barbecue sandwiches. (913) 722-3366;

Where to stay

Great Wolf Lodge Families flock to the huge indoor water park resort in the Village West complex. From $169. (800) 608-9653;

For information: Kansas City, Kansas, Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 264-1563;