Dorothy clicked her heels to return to Kansas, and you’ll want to do the same after you’ve visited this one-time cattle town turned modern, booming city, where the spirit of the Old West lives on.
Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is filled with significant aviation and western heritage, arts and culture, entrepreneurs, festivals, and places to dine, shop, and play.
To get a feel of the early pioneer days, visit the recreated village at the Old Cowtown Museum. For a slightly more eccentric experience, visit the Museum of Ancient Treasures, which has everything from a baseball signed by Joe DiMaggio to a shrunken head. The Indian Center Museum features works by Plains Indian artists.
Wichita is an aircraft manufacturing center, and the Kansas Aviation Museum honors pioneers in the field, as well as housing model planes. Exploration Place gives kids more insights into aviation and other scientific wonders.
For nature and wildlife, check out Botanica’s lovely gardens or head over to the Sedgwick County Zoo, home to over 350 species of animals. Wichita stays up when the sun goes down: there’s nightlife, culture, karaoke and cuisine for all tastes.