Kansas City Named Hipster Travel Destination

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London. Istanbul. America Samoa. Kansas City.

Yep. I said it. You don't even need a passport (unless you are crossing one of those pesky bridges) to get to what Travel and Leisure has dubbed as one of America's top spots for hipsters. Good old Cowtown. Refinery29 put KC on the map of '29 Places We're Dying To See In 2013'. It's in our backyard people... and they didn't even mention BBQ.

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Now while places on the list include Denia (Spain), Havana (who knew we can go there now?), Stockholm, and Lens--KC is our little gem and we're starting to prove that we can hang with the big kids.

The secret is out and we've been patiently waiting for others to get to 'fly over' country. KC received a lot of accolades in 2012 and 2013 looks to be shaping up pretty nicely. But we've known all along, haven't we?

'Travel and Leisure' just dubbed K.C. one of America's top cities for hipsters. There's plenty of evidence that it's true: The town's hottest new restaurant is a cool, industrial storefront version of the wildly popular Airstream food truck/trailer called Port Fonda. Authentic Mexican food in Missouri? It does exist! Wash down those albondigas divorciadas with a Nutcracker Ale and a tour of the Boulevard Brewing Company, Missouri's largest independent brewery. K.C.'s microbreweries rival those in Brooklyn -- minus the bumpy subway ride.

And lastly, get your art fix at the dozens of galleries in the Crossroads District. Best of all, the flights to Kansas City are inexpensive enough that you can make a quick weekend out of it. We're pretty sure everyone is welcome, non-hipsters included.'

This a wild follow up to our 2012 article, 'Kansas City on the Move', that included everything from the launch of Google Fiber and Mayor Sly James being named one of the most innovative mayors in the country to being named one of the Top 10 Destinations in the World, a culinary destination and start-up entrepreneurial mecca, aka the Silicon Prairie... KC was on the move in 2012 and we can't wait to see what's to happen in 2013.

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