Top 10 Romantic Cities
Kansas City, MO's growing collection of performance venues, museums, shopping areas, sports attractions and eclectic eateries makes this Midwest metropolis a cosmopolitan playground perfect for lovers to explore. Boutique shops, restaurants and art studios fill the city's Crossroads Arts District, a hip area that draws many young couples. The Country Club Plaza offers more entertainment and shopping with Old-World architecture, romantic setting for evening strolls. While the city's barbecue gets a lot of attention, Kansas City's gourmet restaurants range from the cozy atmosphere and Argentine-inspired flavors at Piropos to the French elegance of Café Des Amis.
Where to Stay: With the look and feel of a small European hotel, The Raphael Hotel provides couples with elegant furnishings, spacious bathrooms and sitting areas. Turndown service is available upon request. Travel+Leisure readers voted The Raphael Hotel one of the 500 best hotels in the world.
Hot Spot: At stylish cocktail bar Manifesto, a throwback to the speakeasies of the Prohibition era, bartenders carefully craft every drink. With only 48 seats, the place fills up frequently, so call ahead to place a reservation.
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