Missouri and Kansas are the neighboring states, and the border between the two is the southern edge of Kansas City. It is best known for its barbecue, and for its jazz heritage. The American Jazz Museum is located in the 18th & Vine jazz district, which also hosts the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, a contemporary museum with giant shuttlecocks out front, is also worth a visit. It houses nearly 40,000 works of art, from ancient to modern.
The first European to explore the lower Missouri River, Etienne de Veniard, was criticized for his response to an attack on his fort by the Native Americans. He then abandoned his post and lived with his Native American wife in a small village near Brunswick. At the time, he traded furs illegally and was eventually captured. The city's skyline is a thriving reflection of its history. Historically, the city has had several notable buildings designed by the top modernist architects, and today's urban design is the result of these buildings.
The city's cultural offerings are diverse. There's plenty of shopping and dining to do in the heart of downtown. During football season, fans of the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals wear red and white to show their support for the team. During the summer, the city also hosts the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Attractions in the area also include a Kansas State Fair and the Worlds of Fun theme park. The renowned University of Kansas is located in the heart of the metropolis.