Kansas City and Branson, Missouri are making headlines from publications like Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal for being top travel destinations in 2024.
Kansas City saw plenty of attention in 2023 when Taylor Swift stopped there on her tour and then began dating Kansas City Chiefs player, Travis Kelce. In fact, the city even saw an economic boost from the Eras Tour and Chiefs games as a result. It seems the momentum is rolling into 2024, as Kansas City showed up on two lists as a top travel destination this year.
Right after Prague, Czech Republic and just before Kyushu, Japan, Kansas City, Missouri takes spot number five on The Wall Street Journal’s worldwide list of The 10 Best Places to Visit in 2024. The Wall Street Journal points to Kansas City, not for its celebrity culture, but for what’s on the horizon for the midwestern tech hub in the coming year. CPKC Stadium, which is the first stadium in the world to be built solely for a professional women’s soccer team, the Kansas City Current, will open in the spring of 2024. In addition to the new stadium, the city will see a new downtown entertainment district, a first-of-its-kind entertainment district on a bridge, and pickleball’s inaugural PickleCon.
The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2024 includes only nine destinations in the United States. Kansas City, Missouri was one of them; chosen for its new soccer stadium and two new entertainment districts, but also for its new multi-sensory children’s literature museum, The Rabbit Hole, set to open in March of 2024.
Speaking of entertainment districts, Branson, Missouri offers the kind of entertainment experience you won’t find in larger metros, and it’s getting noticed. In a recent Forbes article, Branson, Missouri Is The Disney World Of The Outdoors, travel journalist Rebecca Deurlein writes, “It’s like being in Disney World, but the fun, the adventure, and the discovery emanate from the flora and fauna rather than roller coasters and concession stands.” With thousands of caves to explore, Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters and Aquarium, one of the state’s largest lakes, and a golf course designed by Tiger Woods, Branson and the Southwest Missouri region is a destination for the outdoor sports and adventure enthusiast.