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Kansas City (Missouri, USA) Overview

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One of the most historic trading centers; Kansas City is known for its friendly atmosphere and wonderful attractions. Streets lined with trees, vast parklands and numerous fountains impress visitors in the first look.

Travellers can enjoy a free tour of the Harley Davidson Assembly Plant where they can get information about the production of motorcycles. The Union Station is one of the most popular landmarks that features an affluent science museum and a 3D movie screen. It is an excellent stop for kids.

The Kansas City Zoo is an enticing place with space for animals in original habitats. The Worlds of Fun are amusement parks with several roller coaster rides and wonderful fountains like the Crown Center Fountain, JC Nichols Fountain, Firefighters Fountain and Vietnam Veterans Fountain.

The city also has numerous parks and gardens; the Hodge Park is a beautiful park that has several entertaining attractions including a wildlife area, museum and also a golf course. The Wyandotte County Lake Park, Swope Park, Penn Valley Park, Linda Hall Library Arboretum and the Loose Park are the other parks in the city.

The museums in Kansas City are quite fascinating; the Vine district and the 18th district especially are wonderful for history lovers. These districts have four exclusive museums on African-American culture. The River Market district has the Arabia Steamboat Museum. The Toy and Miniature Museum is where visitors can have some fun.

The Liberty Memorial and the Thomas Hart Benton Home are some of the places that visitors should not miss. The Quindaro Ruins is an informative historic site. Throughout Kansas City, visitors can see several art galleries; Crossroads is one of the most popular art districts in the city. International art work can be seen at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Shopping in Kansas City exceeds the expectations of visitors. The city boasts of some of the oldest shopping centers of America. The Bannister Mall has over 200 shops; Brookside has several specialty stores and designer outlets. Other shopping centers include Crown Center, Country Club Plaza, River Market and Zona Rosa.

The first masjid to be established in Kansas City was in the 1950s. During the early 1970s a small number of Muslims settled in the city and in 1981 they established the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City in South Kansas City. Another big population of Muslims came to the city in the 1990s mainly from Somalia and Bosnia. The population of Muslims increased rapidly in the late 1990s. At present there are over 12 Islamic centers in the Greater Kansas City area.

With so many Muslims residing in the Kansas City, finding halal restaurants in the city should not be a problem. Travellers can find quite a number of Pakistani halal restaurants and also halal eateries serving food from across the world.

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USA Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Washington D.C. (District of Columbia)

GEOGRAPHY

The land area of the contiguous United States is approximately 1,900 million acres (7,700,000 km2).

DEMOGRAPHY

It is difficult to establish population demographics for Muslims in USA. Sources have estimated that around five to 12 million Muslims live in the United States - which is home to a population of over 318 million residents.

CLIMATE

Climate varies based on the state you are in & the time of the year.
Generally, the seasons are as follows:
March - May: Spring
June - August: Summer
September - November: Fall
December - February: Winter

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English is the national language. Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the USA.

LOCAL TIME

UTC -5 to -10
Summer UTC -4 to -10

BUSINESS HOURS

Standard Business Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS

New Years Day: January 1st
Martin Luther King Day: Third Monday in January
Inauguration Day: First January 20th following a Presidential Election
Memorial Day: Last Monday in May
Independence Day: July 4th
Labor Day: First Monday in September
Columbus Day: Second Monday in October
Veterans Day: November 11th
Thanksgiving Day: Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas: December 25th

CURRENCY

United States Dollar

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 911

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