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National Geographic says Kansas City is top 10 for trips

The venerable National Geographic has picked its favorite places and, guess what? Kansas City made the cut along with more famous places such as Toronto, Cairo, Ireland, Australia and more.

With the publication of its annual Best Trips issue, National Geographic Traveler magazine reveals its 28 must-see destinations and travel experiences for 2019. Together, Traveler editors and National Geographic Explorers have selected their top places to travel across four categories: Cities, Nature, Culture, and Adventure.

The year’s Best Trips list is relevant, surprising and inspiring, highlighting a globe-spanning mix of destinations from the Peruvian Amazon to Kansas City, Missouri.

“Our Best Trips issue features 28 destinations and experiences that can inspire us, change our perspectives and connect us with cultures, places and ideas that matter in the world,” says George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief.  “The issue is packed with spectacular National Geographic photography and is driven by our mission to explore, conserve, respect and engage with our planet.”

The magazine feature says the reason to visit Kansas City is to “Revel in the revival”. 

The magazine tells readers that, when visiting, they can “Revel in the Revival.”

geographicKansas City isn’t just about great sports, BBQ, the Plaza or greeting cards, the magazine plays up the Jazz District, The Streetcar Tour, museums, the Savoy Hotel and the renovation of its 19th Century structure plus the West Bottoms–known locally as a favorite spot for First Weekends of food trucks and antiquing.

“To me, West Bottoms speaks to the history of Kansas City: the stockyards and trains and commerce moving through the middle of the country,” Ruby Jean’s Juicery CEO Chris Goode tells Traveler magazine, published by Nat Geo. “But no matter where you go in Kansas City, it will feel like home. The city just has soul.”

National Geographic’s Best Trips destinations for 2019 are:


  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Salvador, Brazil
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Matera,Italy
  • Perth, Australia
  • Mexico City, Mexico


  • Peruvian Amazon
  • Montenegro
  • Belize
  • Gorongosa National Park,Mozambique
  • South Walton County, Florida
  • Fanjingshan,China
  • Tahiti,French Polynesia


  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Hoang Lien Son,Vietnam
  • Galway,Ireland
  • Bauhaus Trail,Germany
  • Oakland, California
  • Vervey,Switzerland
  • Dordogne,France


  • Greenland
  • Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness,New Mexico
  • Isla de los Estados,Argentina
  • Macedonia
  • Canterbury Region,New Zealand
  • CañoCristales River, Colombia
  • Oman

The December/January 2019 issue of Traveler magazine, is now available on newsstands and online at NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2019.

The Best Trips digital experience includes highlights on each destination selected for the list as well as National Geographic’s iconic photography that transports audiences to the chosen locales. Visitors are able to dive even deeper into four of the Best Trips destinations-Mexico City, Tahiti, Dordogne and Oman-with feature stories in the issue.