Bustling if somewhat sprawling Kansas City is one of the country's more underrated destinations on a number of fronts: culture, dining, shopping, architecture, and - unquestionably - gay travel. It's laid-back and unassuming vibe, a place where locals respect and accept each other's differences. And it's where GLBT folks who've grown up in the more conservative surrounding region often gravitate. The city's Pride festival had become one of the biggest in the Midwest in recent years, but the celebration was greatly scaled down last year, and 2014 dates of KC Gay Pride have not yet been announced (based on last year's dates, it'll likely take place in late May or early June).
Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Gay Pride. Check local gay papers and websites, such as Camp KC, for more information. And be sure to check out the informative gay visitor site produced by the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Bureau website.