Kansas City, Kansas, makes an attractive home base for visiting the city. Check into French-style Chateau Avalon Hotel (701 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kansas; 913-596-6000) for a unique overnight stay. The boutique hotel, near the Hollywood Casino, Kansas Speedway and Legends Outlets, is an exotic oasis with themed rooms. Adventure suites include themes like Castaway Isle (yes, with a boat), Mayan Rainforest and Tahitian Treehouse. Luxury suites, including Roman Dynasty and Camelot, look palatial and include the three-story Monte Cristo. Although there isn’t a full restaurant, the wine bar serves small plates, and breakfast is brought to your door. Don’t forget to take advantage of the spa.