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Top rated rentals — Kansas City
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Destination guide

More fountains than Rome

Kansas City may not be uppermost in many US visitors' minds, but those in the know will tell you that you can expect to find more boulevards then Paris and more fountains than Rome. They don't call this the City of Fountains for nothing. There's simply too many attractions and things to do to list in one place, but world-class galleries and museums also await visitors here. Kansas City vacation rentals are available all year round, so you can shop till you drop at the outlets or settle into one of the cozy bars and eateries, even in winter. As the Missouri tourism board's tagline says, enjoy the show.

Things to do

A city packed with attractions

The city is packed full of attractions including the National World War I Museum and Memorial which chronicles the early 20th-century global conflict through eyewitness accounts and poignant personal stories. On a very different note, if you love jazz, you've come to the right place. The American Jazz Museum brings the music form alive through a series of immersive exhibits and the adjoined jazz club which has seen the likes of Charlie Parker and Big Joe Turner. If you're staying in a Kansas City vacation rental with kids, they'll love the city's zoo which is home to 1,700 animals.

Activities

Watch a homerun at The K

When you stay in a Kansas City vacation rental, you don't have to go far to find things to do. If you love baseball, take the family down to The K, one of the country's grandest stadiums, to see the Kansas City Royals pitch and make home runs. Alternatively, you can immerse yourself in the lavishly restored Kansas City Power & Light District, an almost billion-dollar entertainment district which houses dozens of restaurants, bars, live music venues and boutique shops. Talking about shopping, head out to Legends Outlets where bargains can be found in dozens of leading designer and brand name stores.

Weather

A continental climate in Kansas City

Kansas City's position in the center of the country means it experiences a continental climate. Arguably, the best times to visit are during spring and fall when the temperatures are warm and the skies bright and clear. The early summer sees a little rain, and July and August can be stiflingly hot, but the museums, galleries and Kansas City vacation rentals are all equipped with air conditioning. Don't let the minus degrees in winter put you off visiting the city _ just be sure to bundle up, and pack those comfy gloves.

Natural features

A tranquil oasis in the heart of Kansas City

Kansas City may be the largest city in Missouri, but nature and wildlife can still be found here. When you’re in need of tranquility, simply step into the Ewing and Muriel Kauffmann Memorial Garden. This breathtakingly beautiful botanical garden is set across 2 acres, with thousands of plants beautifully arranged across 5 distinct areas that you’ll never tire of exploring. Animal lovers will love Kansas City Zoo, a family-friendly attraction that’s well worth the admission fee. Here, you’ll find hundreds of well-cared for creatures, including the tiny blue poison dart frog and the magnificent black rhinoceros.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Kansas City

Fly into Kansas City International Airport (MCI), the closest airport, located 15.7 mi (25.2 km) from the city center.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station is Kansas City Union Station.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Kansas City?

Whatever your getaway needs, you'll find a rental property in or around Kansas City that's perfect for you. Here are some of our faves:

  • Around 7 miles from the center of Kansas City, it's hard to beat "Open Floor Plan 2 Bedroom - Private Home In Mission". It has 2 bedrooms and a host of amenities including a blender and coffee and tea making facilities.
  • "2bedroom 2ba Loft In Historic Downtown Kc" also promises an awesome stay, offering 2 bedrooms, a dishwasher, a toaster and more. It's around 0.1 miles from Kansas City.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Kansas City vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Kansas City?

For an unforgettable vacation experience, book one of Vrbo's tiny house rentals in Kansas City. Do be warned though — after you've experienced what it's like in a tiny house, the temptation to downsize and move into one of these fun-sized digs will be tough to resist!

  • Get ready for a simpler way of life at "Kc Tiny Home". Amenities at this retreat in South Kansas City include a blender and off-street parking options.
  • Alternatively, book a couple of nights at "Teeny Tiny House Getaway In The Missouri Countryside". Situated in Wooldridge, this little gem comes with WiFi and internet services.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Kansas City?

Nothing beats a quick break to recharge your batteries. If you're ready for some fun and relaxation, these top weekend getaways in and near Kansas City make an excellent base for a mini break:

  • Located around 0.1 miles to the west of Kansas City, "Quality Hill 1bedroom Loft In Historic Building" has all you need and more for a quick weekend break, including a fridge and towels. When it's time to explore, there are lots of outdoor attractions to get to like Swope Park and Fleming Park.
  • Also look into "2 Br/2ba Stunning Craftsmen Carriage House Apt + Garage Parking", which is around 2 miles south of Kansas City. After exploring nearby attractions such as National Frontier Trail Center and Lakeside Nature Center, put your feet up in your rental and make use of air conditioning, a garden and more.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Kansas City?

Studio apartments are a hard act to beat when it comes to character, convenience and location. Get cozy in one of these studio apartments for rent in or near Kansas City and take in the buzzing local vibe:

  • Throw your suitcase down at "Quality Hill 1bedroom Loft In Historic Building". Amenities including a smart TV and free toiletries help make guests feel right at home here.
  • Alternatively, switch to vacation mode at "Power And Light District | Free Parking + W And D | Zencity", which offers conveniences such as a fridge and free WiFi.

With the money you save on your studio apartment, you can afford to discover more of Kansas City. Cultural attractions like Cedar Street Playhouse and Theater on the Square will help you get a feel for the character of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Kansas City?

Every now and then, you've just got to take some time out, even if it's only for a few days. Experience a pleasant mix of relaxing and exploring at one of these short-term rentals in or around Kansas City:

  • Close to the center of Kansas City, "Walking Distance To Country Club Plaza Entertainment District" is great for a quick getaway. While you're around, check out awesome attractions like Missouri University of Science and Technology and The Old World Trader.
  • Roll out of bed, whip up some breakfast and then start planning what to explore around "Bbqluxury King Bedsnearby Parks Reserved Parkingsmart Tvsgoogle Fiberw". Allgood-Bailey Stadium and Cedar Street Playhouse are must-do's if you choose to stay at this quality rental.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Kansas City?

Forget flowers and chocolates. Sometimes all you need is a weekend away, just you and your boo. At Vrbo, we've got romantic getaways in and around Kansas City that would make even old Cupid swoon. Here are some we think you'll be enamored with:

  • Located around 7 miles from Kansas City, "Open Floor Plan 2 Bedroom - Private Home In Mission" is an ideal place for starry-eyed lovebirds. Air conditioning and a dining table are some of the amenities you'll find here.
  • Alternatively, spend a few magical days sipping wine and canoodling at "2bedroom 2ba Loft In Historic Downtown Kc", around 0.1 miles from Kansas City. A dining table and a balcony will help ramp up the romance.

Are there mansions for rent in or near Kansas City?

Nothing screams "Best. Vacation. Evvv-er." like staying in a mansion. Treat your loved ones to a truly unforgettable escape at one of these mansions for rent in or near Kansas City:

  • Character, style and charm — "Hyde Park Mansion Loft 2 Bed 2 Bath Kitchen" has it all in abundance. Approximately 3 miles south of Kansas City and offering beauty services and golf, this showstopper is tough to beat.
  • With a fireplace, a restaurant dining guide and a wealth of other top-notch amenities, "Brand New - Kc's Best Mansion In The Best Location. A Wedding And Event Favorite" will get your squad's nod of approval. This opulent stay is around 1 mile to the southwest of Kansas City.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Kansas City?

Big groups mean huge fun. They also mean finding someplace that'll easily fit your entire squad. Browse our large group vacation rentals in or around Kansas City and get your favorite people together under the one roof:

  • Providing privacy, space and comfort, you'll get your guests' tick of approval at "5 Star Hotel Turned Luxury Rental” The Rieger Hotel". Up to 16 people can be accommodated at this property which has 4 bedrooms, a fireplace and a kitchen. You'll discover it around 1 mile to the south of Kansas City.
  • "Boutique Cottage Home On Gated Estate 3 Bd 2 Ba Getaway Wifi Cable Ada W" is another impressive option. It's around 20 miles to the southeast of Kansas City, has 3 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 guests. A fireplace and a garden are just a couple of things that'll help make your visit even more comfortable.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Kansas City?

Nothing says fun and frivolity like a pool does. Pump up your inflatable doughnut and browse these houses in or near Kansas City that feature this must-have amenity:

  • Make yourself comfortable at "Welcome To "the Bird House" 3bedroom W", where your top priority will be enjoying the pool. Amenities including childrens activities and a kitchen help make this retreat a guest favorite.
  • "Secluded Romantic Carriage House" is the kind of place you go to leave it all behind and enjoy your surroundings, starting with its glorious pool. A dishwasher and a microwave oven are also on hand to make your visit nice and comfortable.

Not sure what the weather's like in Kansas City? It has a humid subtropical climate, with average temperatures in summer ranging from 65 ºF to 85 ºF. If you're seeking more inspiration on where to stay in this exciting destination, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to browse through our entire selection of Kansas City vacation rentals.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Kansas City?

A family get-together should be a memorable one. Whether you're planning some time away with the kids or a celebration with relatives, these large family vacation rentals in or near Kansas City offer a comfy home away from home with enough space for everyone:

  • Located about 7 miles to the southwest of Kansas City, "Bbqluxury King Bedsnearby Parks Reserved Parkingsmart Tvsgoogle Fiberw" has 5 bedrooms and fits up to 10 guests. It comes with a range of amenities, including a travel crib and a dishwasher.
  • "5 Star Hotel Turned Luxury Rental” The Rieger Hotel" also offers the space you need to connect with loved ones. This option is around 1 mile to the south of central Kansas City and accommodates as many as 16 guests in its 4 bedrooms. A separate dining area and towels will help keep everyone content and comfortable.

When you're ready to leave the house and explore, there are loads of family-friendly attractions in the area to keep everyone happy and entertained. The Fugitive Beach, Tiger Typhoon Aquatic Center and Little Hero's Playground should be at the top of your itinerary.

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