Destination guide

Why a Kansas City vacation rental is essential

Kansas City is known for many things. It’s the third largest city in the state, it’s packed with impressive history, and it boasts a vibrant arts scene. It’s located in the east of Kansas and borders Missouri. There’s much to do here, and so many reasons to book a Kansas City vacation rental. It’s also exceptionally diverse and family-friendly, with plenty of green space, riding trails, and sports courts that may encourage even the laziest to pick up a racket or a basketball.

Things to do

Speed your way into the city for a good time

The Kansas Speedway is a must if you’re a car enthusiast. It’s a 1.5-mile track that hosts a couple of NASCAR events a year. The museum landscape is incredible, too. You’ll marvel at the old-world beauty of the Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center, focusing on the city’s earliest residents. In midtown, the Grinter Place State Historic Site is the home of one of the state’s earliest settlers. There’s even a touch of Paris in the city: the Rosedale Memorial Arch was modeled after a French monument and honors World War I soldiers.


Don’t know KC? Go on a tour

Hop aboard a Kansas City Fun Tour bus and enjoy 75 minutes of narration. You can even take a food tour and eat your way through town! The city is also home to an epic outlet mall, perfect if you’ve booked your Kansas City vacation rental with bargain hunting in mind. If you’re all about nightlife, you’re in luck: there are a couple of funky cocktail bars that will add an upscale element to your stay. If you’re there for the great outdoors, enjoy a picnic at one of many local parks.


Kansas City has all four seasons mastered

If you’re in town come winter, dress appropriately or stay inside your Kansas City vacation rental—temperatures can venture into 20-degree territory. Snow isn’t unusual, but if you prefer a lighter type of precipitation wait until spring. It rains approximately 40 inches a year, which is just about enough to warrant a city slicker and a pair of cute boots. Summer, glorious summer, with its highs of 90 degrees and its abundant warmth, is one of the best times of the year to visit. If you’re an outdoorsy type, though, you may enjoy the most comfortable temperatures in the spring.

Natural features

Natural beauty in a commercial town

Despite being heavily industrial, there is plenty of natural beauty in Kansas City. It’s located at the junction of the Kansas and Missouri rivers at Kaw Point. The area has a fascinating history: It was claimed originally by Spain before France took control; eventually the United States obtained ownership through the Louisiana Purchase. The town is also home to Turkey Creek, a gentle stream and Kansas River tributary. If you’re just craving some solitude, the 3.8-acre Big Eleven Lake offers a lovely setting to catch the sunrise or enjoy a picnic.

Where to stay around Kansas City?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 326 vacation rentals near Kansas City. From 203 Houses to 100 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kansas City for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Kansas City?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kansas City:

  • Country Club Plaza: 110 vacation rentals
  • South Kansas City: 56 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 33 vacation rentals
  • Plaza Area: 107 vacation rentals
  • Midtown - Westport: 155 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kansas City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Kansas City. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway: 281 vacation rentals
  • Kansas Speedway: 278 vacation rentals
  • Legends Outlets Kansas City: 275 vacation rentals
  • St John the Baptist Catholic Church: 322 vacation rentals
  • Kansas City Children's Museum: 325 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kansas City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Kansas City?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 203 Houses in Kansas City. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kansas City include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 100 rentals available
  • Cottages: 6 rentals available
  • Cabins: 6 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kansas City?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 24 vacation rentals with pool available in Kansas City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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