Main article: Downtown Kansas City

Downtown almost always refers to downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Downtown is the Kansas City's historic center, located entirely within Kansas City, Missouri, and containing the city's original town site, business districts and residential neighborhoods. Downtown is bounded by the Missouri River on the north, the Missouri-Kansas state line on the west, 31st Street on the south and the Blue River on the east. The downtown area includes the Central Business District and its buildings, which form the city's skyline. The downtown loop is formed by Interstates 670, 70 and 35. Within the downtown loop are many of the tall buildings and skyscrapers that make up the city's skyline. Also within the downtown loop are small, distinct neighborhoods such as: (CLICK MAP FOR BOUNDARIES OF EACH DISTRICT)
Quality Hill Garment District Financial District Power and Light District

Other neighborhoods within downtown are the River Market and Columbus Park , both located between the downtown loop and the Missouri River. Between the downtown loop and the state line are the Westside neighborhood and the West Bottoms , located at the bottom of the bluff adjacent to Kaw Point.

East of the loop are the 18th & Vine District, the North Bottoms, East Bottoms, Northeast, and
Pendleton Heights

South of the loop is the Crossroads District , Union Hill , Crown Center and Hospital Hill .

The Kansas City Convention Center, Municipal Auditorium, City Hall and Midland Theatre are within the Central Business District inside the downtown loop. The Sprint Center and the College Basketball Experience are within Power & Light District, also within the downtown loop. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is perched upon a high point immediately south of the downtown loop. South of the loop is the Crossroads District, Union Station, Crown Center, the National World War I Museum, Liberty Memorial, Penn Valley Park, Truman Medical Center, Children's Mercy Hospital, and the 18th & Vine District. West of the loop within the West Bottoms are Kemper Arena and Hale Arena.