Wichita is the largest city in Kansas (due to Kansas City being divided between Kansas and Missouri).
Wichita is a city in the heart of the great plains. The city is home to large aircraft manufacturers which make up a large portion of the local economy.
Wichita is located at the junction of Interstates 135 & 35 (Kansas Turnpike)
1.5 hours from I-70
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, , five miles west of the city's center, serves nine carriers providing service to 11 cities across the country, most of which are major hubs with connecting service to points around the world.
- AirTran Airways. Service to/from Atlanta.
- Allegiant Air. Service to/from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.
- American Airlines. Service to/from Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth.
- Delta Air Lines. Service to/from Atlanta and Minneapolis/St. Paul
- Southwest Airlines Service to/from Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love, and Las Vegas.
- United Airlines. Service to/from Chicago, Denver, Houston, and Los Angeles.
- Greyhound. Buses stop at a terminal in downtown Wichita.
- Los Paisanos. Bus stop at 2210 North Somerset Street Tel. (316) 831-0817. This company travel to the south of USA and Mexico. Buses to Kansas City can be found
- Amtrak doesn't serve the city directly, but its Southwest Chief service that runs between Chicago and Los Angeles stops daily in Newton, a town 25 miles north of the city's center, around 3 in the morning. From Newton, you'll need to rent a car or hire a taxi to get to Wichita, and arrangements are best made in advance for either, particularly given the hour of arrival.
- City Bus. As the only form of public transit serving the city, bus service may cover the areas near some sights you'd want to see, but not nearly all. Routes are long and the wait for the next bus can stretch to an hour. In general, this is not a good way to get around.
- Taxi Hailable only at the airport, they don't even queue at downtown hotels. Points of interest are far enough apart that a rental car quickly becomes cost-effective. Unlike other cities of its size, you can't even find any at the bus station.
- Rental Car If you didn't drive to Wichita, you'll likely want to rent a car when you arrive.
- Navigating Wichita Wichita is almost exclusively a driving town. Even so, traffic is generally lighter than most larger cities, and parking is almost always free and plentiful, even downtown. Wichita's streets are laid out in a fairly easy to navigate grid system.
- No trip to Wichita is complete without an excursion through the nearby Flint Hills, and that's only possible in a car (preferably a convertible).
- Old Town. Located downtown, just east of the central business district. This entertainment district is one of the must-see spots if you are traveling to the city. It boasts over 100 shops, restaurants, and bars, all within walking distance.
- Museum of World Treasures, 835 East 1st Street, ☎ , toll-free: . Mon-Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: Noon-5p. Experience treasures from around the world and through the ages at one of Wichita’s top-rated attractions. Find your inner explorer—there’s something for all to learn from the past.
- The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. This museum shows you the rich historical and cultural heritage of Wichita and Sedgwick County Kansas.
- Great Plains Transportation Museum. Dedicated to recording and exhibiting the importance of railroad transportation in the human, agricultural, commercial and industrial heritage of Wichita, Kansas and the Great Plains.
- Exploration Place ((Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center)), 300 N. McLean Boulevard, ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon-Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: Noon-5p. This ultramodern museum sits on the Arkansas river, where it displays traveling exhibits. While several of the rooms in the museum are solely for kids, there is always something for the adults to do too. General Admission: $6-$9.50 (Adults: $9.50, Seniors (65+): $8.00, Kids (3-11): $6.00).
- The Keeper of the Plains. A beautiful 40-foot sculpture by Blackbear Bosin. This statue can be reached by a bridge connected to the Exploration Place parking lot.
- Wichita Art Museum (WAM), 1400 W. Museum Boulevard. Tues-Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: 12p-5p. The Wichita Art Museum (WAM) is a popular art gallery that showcases 3 centuries of art as well as several glass pieces by Dale Chihuly. It has more than 7,000 pieces in its permanent collection, and showcases travelling exhibitions as well. Adults- $7, Seniors (+60)- $5, Students with ID and Children (5-17)- $3, Children under 5 and members get in free..
- Kansas State Fair, 2000 N. Poplar Street, Hutchinson, KS, 67502, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: +1 620-669-3640. If you are coming to Wichita around late summer, the Kansas State Fair is something to visit. It is held every year in the early fall or late summer. $6 for Adults, $3 for Kids, $4 for Seniors, $35 for Season Pass.
- Riverfest. Held in late May or early June, Riverfest is the largest event held in Kansas, with an estimated attendance of 350,000 in 2013. The festival is planned for May 30th through June 7th for 2014. The admission is unusual for the event, for buttons are used in place of tickets.
- Sedgwick County Zoo. Opening in 1971, Sedgwick County Zoo has been ranked among the best zoos in the USA. Home to more than 3,000 individual animals of nearly 400 different species, the Zoo is the No. 1 outdoor family attraction in Kansas.
- Starlite Drive-In, 3900 S. Hydraulic, ☎ (316)524-2424. Currently the only drive-in theatre in the Wichita area, with cheap showings of today's movies. The new digital projection is crystal clear, and there have been major audio improvements with the FM stereo option. $12 per carload.
- Starlite Drive-In, 3900 S. Hydraulic, ☎ (316)524-2424. Currently the only drive-in theatre in the Wichita area, Starlite Drive-In is the place to go for cheap showings of today's movies. The new digital projection is crystal clear, as well as major audio improvements with the FM Stereo option. It gives you more! $12 per carload.
- Warren Theatres. Theater chain with 5 Wichita locations, including the Palace and the Movie Machine. The 21st Street Warren also houses the largest digital IMAX in the world.
- Woofstock. Woofstock has an event in Wichita, at Sedgwick County Park. It is a fairly large event, and enjoyable if you like dogs. It will be held October 5, 2013.
- Bradley Fair. This upscale outdoor mall on North Rock Road has many trendy clothing stores found in big cities, as well as a few restaurants, water fountains, and an amazing duck pond.
- Coleman Factory Outlet. Located at 235 North St. Francis in Downtown, the factory outlet also doubles as a museum for Coleman's history.
- New Market Square. This sprawling shopping center, on North Maize Road, has stores ranging from Wal-Mart and Super Target to specialty clothing stores, book stores, restaurants, and more.
- Towne East Square Mall, 7700 East Kellogg Drive, ☎ (316)686-4849. 10a-9p Mon-Sat, 12p-6p Sun. Located on East Kellogg, this is a typical indoor shopping mall anchored by Sears, JCPenney, Dillard's and Von Maur.
- Towne West Square Mall. Located at West Kellogg and Interstate 235. Similar to Towne East. Anchor stores include Sears, Dillard's JCPenney, and Dick's Sporting Goods.
- The Waterfront This recent addition to east Wichita is located on Beech Lake, just east of the intersection of 13th Street and Webb Road. The majestic fountain is brilliant at night, and many upscale restaurants and bars are starting to develop as well. A great place for fine dining if you're in the area.
- The Donut Whole. Serving donuts 24/7 with vegan options, locally sourced ingredients, and live music.
- Nu-Way. Serving up tasty burgers and fresh curly fries since July 4, 1930. A Wichita staple.
- Il Vicino Delicious pizza with two Wichita locations.
- Spangles A local fast food hamburger chain. Similar to Steak and Shake.
- Freddy's Frozen Custard. Famous steakburgers, good shoestring fries, and delicious frozen custard makes Freddy's a good place to go. Freddy's has 4 Wichita locations.
- Noodles & Company. Located in the Towne East Mall, it serves up tasty noodles and salads.
- Sumo by Nambara. Delicious hibachi-style food and fresh sushi.
- The Brickyard, 129 N. Rock Island Rd., ☎ .
- Club Indigo, 126 N. Mosley, ☎ .
- Emerson Biggins Old Town, 808 E. Douglas, ☎ .
- Finns Lounge, 133 N. Rock Island Rd., ☎ .
- Heroes Bar & Grill, 117 N. Mosley, ☎ . M-Th: 11a-11p, F-Sat: 11a-2a, Sun: 12p-11p.
- Joe's Old Town Bar & Grill, 222 N. Washington, ☎ . 11a-2a. $0-10.
- Jon's Ale House, 917 E. Douglas, ☎ .
- Rain Café & Lounge, 518 E. Douglas, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
- Days Inn Hotel, 901 E. 53rd St., ☎ , fax: +1 (316)832-0591.
- Hawthorn Suites Wichita, 2405 N. Ridge Rd., ☎ .
- Hyatt Regency, 400 W. Waterman St., ☎ , fax: +1 (316)293-1200.
- Mark 8 Inn Wichita, 1130 N. Broadway, ☎ , fax: +1 (316)265-4679.
- Scotsman Inn Wichita, 5922 W. Kellogg (exit on Dugan Rd.), ☎ , fax: +1 (316)943-3800.
|Routes through Wichita|
|Topeka/Kansas City ← El Dorado ←||N S||→ Blackwell → Oklahoma City|
|Salina ← Park City ←||N S||→ ends → Caldwell → Enid|
|Liberal ← Greensburg ←||W E||→ El Dorado → Nevada|