Wichita is the largest city of the U.S. state of Kansas, home to about 15% of the state's total population. It is not the state's capital, as that honor is instead bestowed upon Topeka, which is a 2 hour drive north-east from here.
Wichita's biggest claim to fame is its airline industry, the presence of which has earned it the nickname of Air Capital of the world. The headquarters of Cessna are here, and within town companies like Boeing, Raytheon and Bombardier currently have or have in the past had a manufacturing presence.
Unfortunately the presence of major industry is not of that much interest to tourists, and the question of why you should travel here is not one with an obvious answer. After all for most of us reading this the city is a bit out of the way and it will take significant effort to come here, which would normally mean that the quality of the sights should be truly outstanding to convince you to come.
That is not really the case in Wichita. The obvious answer to the question however, is that you should probably come here if you are heading to explore Kansas anyway. In that case we would definitely recommend you to spend a day in the city, where you will find interesting attractions in the form of Botanica (the city's botanical gardens, very spacious and good to visit at any time of the year), the Old Town (for food, drinks and nightlife and quite a cool place to stroll around in overall), and of course the city's zoo. Several interesting museums, such as the open air Old Cowtown Museum and the Aviation Museum, complete the mix. Oh, and if you want to go for a walk, a stroll along the Arkansas River is highly recommended. [Review by travelindicator]
- Wichita is a city in United States's region of Kansas. It has a population of 382,368, is situated at an altitude of 1299ft and the best airport to fly into is ICT (Mid Continent, Wichita)
- The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
- Note Wichita is not a good point of entry for trips to United States as it is not well internationally connected. Instead try entering through for instance Phoenix, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Denver, Tampa, New York City, Charlotte, Oklahoma City, El Paso or Houston
- The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)
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More Wichita travel resources
If you are traveling onwards in Kansas, you may instantly want to skip to the Planetware breakdown of what to see and do here. Lea Ann Garfias writes about the top 7 things to do in the city, while as always you can refer to the Wichita Wikitravel page for more info.
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